The phrases that Latina moms say may be quirky and funny, but they also hide wisdom and a fierce protection.

Below read some of my favorite phrases that you grew up hearing if your mom is a Latina mom… and that you might also be saying to your kids!

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Phrases That Latina Moms Say

Me duele más a mí que a ti (This hurts me more than it hurts you)

Because it does!

Sana, sana, colita de rana (Heal, heal, froggy tail)

Yes, it doesn’t make sense, but it was enough to make you feel instantly better!

No se puede comprar la felicidad, pero sí se puede comprar pastelitos (You can’t buy happiness, but you sure can buy cake)

Moms helping us to see the other side!

Mientras tú vivas en esta casa… (While you live in this house)

Just so we remember who was the boss…

Ponte Vaporub (Put on some Vaporub)

Vaporub can fix anything

Ponte vaporub

Mi casa no es un hotel (My house is not a hotel)

You were guaranteed to hear this one in your youth.

mi casa no es hotel

Te lo digo por tu bien (I’m telling you for your own good)

I can’t tell you how many times I heard this phrase!

¿Y si Juanita se avienta por la ventana tú también te avientas? (And if Juanita throws herself out of the window so would you?)

And this one too….

Llévate un suéter por si acaso  (Just in case, take a sweater with you)

Moms can never be too careful when it comes to staying warm even if it’s 99 degrees out!

Porque yo lo digo (Because I said so!)

This phrase has the power to stop the whining!

Cuando tengas hijos te acordarás de mí (When you have your own children, you will remember me)

Isn’t this true now?

Which other phrase that Latina moms say I am forgetting?

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