*This is a compensated campaign in collaboration with Johnson & Johnson and Latina Bloggers Connect.
Recently I was having a conversation with my mother about when my siblings and I were growing up and she commented that times have certainly changed since she and my father were raising us. Mom went on to say that today’s modern families have a lot more issues to deal with than the families of yesterday.
In her opinion, today’s parents have so many more factors that they have to consider when protecting their children including the Internet, advances in technology, and other external influences related to music and the media. “One thing that hasn’t changed,” she concluded, “is the importance of instilling family values, regardless of what your family dynamics are.”
I would have to say that I agree with my Mom on many of these points. The question then becomes, “What is the definition of today’s family?” My husband and I certainly consider ourselves a modern family or a “Familia de Hoy.” We are raising our children in a racially and multiculturally diverse household and reinforcing the importance of respect and tolerance for others and for one another. Additionally, we are trying to raise our boys to be hard workers and to have ambition along with setting goals.
If I had to describe what a “Familia de Hoy” means to me, there are many things that come to mind. As a Hispanic woman, the importance of family is something that was instilled in me from an early age. Growing up in Spain, I was taught that family was the most important thing above anything else. For me, family means loyalty and being able to depend on each other through the good times and the bad times. It means having a group of people who always have your back and who understand you and accept you unconditionally.
Three families have been selected by Johnson & Johnson and Univision to compete for the grand title of “La Familia de Hoy.” They are the López family, the Jiménez family, and the Olivera family. All three of them represent everything that is good and positive about the Hispanic family and they are competing with one another for the chance to become for Johnson & Johnson in 2014.
After careful consideration, I have decided that I will be voting for the López family. They have a tremendous work ethic and they are involved in supporting both of their children in their respective interests. I really like that the grandparents in that family are actively involved in helping to raise the kids and that the entire family lives within 15 minutes of each other. My family purchased a multi-family home in 2004 so we could be together and raise all of our children under the same roof so I could totally relate to this family. You can vote for your number one familia by visiting the Univision voting site.
Please make sure that you share this contest with your friends and family so that they too could vote for their favorite “La Familia de Hoy!” You can find out who the winning family ends up being by watching Sábado Gigante on Univision on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 8:00 pm. That evening, one of these three families will walk away with the coveted title of “La Familia de Hoy.”
Disclosure: This is a compensated campaign in collaboration with Johnson & Johnson and Latina Bloggers Connect. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
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