Latinx Parenting believes passionately in shifting the paradigm of raising children towards creating a trauma-informed, healing centered, nonviolent and cultural sustaining approach where Latinx familias can nurture connection in their homes and culture in ways that support individual, family and intergenerational collective healing.
Leslie Priscilla is a first generation non-Black Xicana mother to three bicultural children and daughter of immigrant parents from Mexico. She is a descendant of Indigenous Tarahumara / Rarámuri lineage who has resided on occupied Tongva, Acjachemen & Kizh land, also known as Santa Ana in Orange County, CA, all of her life. She identifies as both Mexican-American and a Detribalized Indigenous mujer. Leslie shares her medicine by offering coaching, workshops, support, and advocacy for Latinx/Chicanx families as well as professionals via trainings locally, nationally, and internationally both in-person and online via the Latinx Parenting organization. She founded this bilingual organization and movement intentionally rooted in children's rights, social and racial justice, the individual and collective practice of nonviolence and reparenting, intergenerational and ancestral healing, cultural sustenance, and the active decolonization of oppressive practices in our families.
Leslie has facilitated in-person groups in both Spanish and English for thousands of parents, teachers, and professionals in schools, transitional homes, teen shelters, hospitals, Wraparound programs, drug rehabilitation centers, and family resource centers throughout Orange County, CA and now world-wide virtually.
Invite Leslie to your speaking engagements and keynote addresses.
Karissa is a photographer and doula that is committed to helping families document milestones and their living history. After many years working in education she left the workforce to take on entrepreneurship, developing her hobby of photography and her passion to hold space, to support and nurture mothers professionally as a doula. As the Latinx Parenting Community Partnership Coordinator she supports the professional and social partnerships that bring trainings and workshops to the staff of organizations or social partnerships that have shared vision with the Latinx Parenting movement.
Director of Administration
Maria Renee Harrison is an Orange County, CA native living in on unceded Tongva and Acjachemen land known as Santa Ana. Professionally, Maria utilizes her double- Capricorn traits to bring drive, persistence and a focus on success. She has studied as a life coach, hypnotherapist, is a certified Peer Support Specialist, and is passionate about wholistic healing. In particular, she brings her insights from nonviolent communication practice and the enneagram as the primary maps and guides to infuse love and understanding in her personal life and work. “It is good to love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is well done.” -Vincent van Gogh
director of communications
Liz Cabrera is a proud first generation Mexican-American who was born and raised in Santa Ana, California. A loving tia (or titi) of many, Liz is passionate about improving the way friends and family aid in parenting and nurturing children. She also enjoys experimenting in the kitchen and finding clever ways to get her niece and nephew to eat vegetables and teaching them to book and bake. A storyteller with a degree in Creative Writing from Cal State Long Beach, she hopes to someday write a Latinx children’s book.
Outreach & Engagement liaison
Danellia Arechiga (she/her) is a Brown, Queer, Unpartnered Parent, Birth Worker, Embodiment Guide, and Multidimensional Artist. She has a decade of experience serving the BIPOC communities located in and around Los Angeles and Long Beach, CA (Tongva land) as a birth and body worker. Danellia’s birth practice specializes in Conscious Childbirth Education, Placenta Encapsulation, and Postpartum Care, specifically, Mexican Traditional Medicine as she supports families through the observation of the cuarentena or “first forty days” of the postpartum period.
Danellia is also a musician and writer and she integrates her musical gifts into all aspects of her personal and professional work. She is committed to holding intentional and brave spaces for families of color to explore all of the complex emotions, challenges, and celebrations that come with birth, postpartum, parenthood, and beyond. Danellia’s passion for radical transparency and intergenerational healing in her own life inspires the folks she works with to continue the cycle of healing in our communities from seed to soil.
Annalia, or Annie, Velasco (She/Her) is a second- generation Mexican- American born and raised in Santa Ana, CA. Currently a junior in high school, Annie has worked as an assistant for Latinx Parenting since May of 2020. She is also an officer for a few clubs on her school campus rooted in academics, social justice and community service, as well as Model United Nations and Girl Scouts off campus. Once she graduates, Annie plans to study Critical Social Thought and Environmental Science at the collegiate level.
Our previous Interns
In partnership with Cal State Long Beach Department of Family and Consumer Sciences the following interns have supported and learned alongside our programming.
It's always so interesting and a true gift to see what our kids choose to be for Halloween when given total choice over their costumes. 🤩
May we always encourage our children to freely express every aspect of themselves and not project our own old socially-constructed programming about what they “should” do, like, or be in this world. Let's give them the autonomy to decide and embrace the things they show interest in. 🎃
And also, let's not forget---it's also up to us to guide children in understanding that **CULTURE IS NOT A COSTUME** so that we can, as a family, be careful and conscious about the harms of appropriation.
What costumes did your children choose this year? 👻
Parents & adults—I know it’s Monday but let’s enjoy some Halloween fun! Give yourselves permission to not take yourselves super seriously today, K?! JUEGA! PLAY! Use this opportunity to let your inner child shine and play, too. Your children will appreciate it far beyond Halloween. 🥰
So, what are you dressing up as today? What about your kids⁉️
I often tell my children that they have a right to say, "No," even to me.
Setting boundaries has not only been good for my children but it’s also benefitted my entire family (my own Mami is so much better at advocating for herself now, too.)
With the holidays just around the corner, it's the perfect time to get comfortable setting boundaries for you and your familia.
✨ As challenging as it can be, it will be liberating for us and generations to come. ✨
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And, if you'd like to learn more about boundaries and how to set them with confidence, check out our A Mi Manera Workshop! Our supportive workshop will give you the tools to approach different situations respectfully and firmly. Plus, you'll learn how to truly be an advocate for your own kids so they can feel confident using their voices as well.
Then---on November 12th, I'll be holding a LIVE Integration Session where we'll dive into the workshop content a little deeper and discuss all the ways you can implement boundaries with your familia y queridos.
Equity pricing IS available---we don't want anyone to miss out on participating! You can see the details on the checkout page of our workshop.
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Years ago, my comadre was expressing frustration her struggle to have a relationship with her own parents after her son had been born.
She & her husband lived in the family house & her parents would frequently cross boundaries: expressing preferences between grandchildren, openly giving her & her partner unsolicited advice about how to raise & discipline their son, frequently gaslighting, & guilt-tripping them when they would attempt to set a boundary, undermining any limits attempted to be set with their son, frequently asserting non-consensual affection, & gossiping about other family members including their other kids. 😓
This created a stressful & harmful environment for her little familia. They were trying their best to be grateful, respectful, & tactful about this, but also recognized that it wasn’t healthy for their son to be in that environment, even if it was family.
As a collective cultura, this story may feel familiar to a lot of us. Everybody’s been up in everybody’s business for generations & we’re now realizing that it doesn’t feel good, and it may not be right for our familias.
No matter what, the well-being of our growing niñes comes before the feelings of loved ones. And grandparents, tíos, tías, primas, etc. *DO NOT* have the right to have access to our niñes, period. As their protectors, we have the option to take access away if it gets to a point where boundaries have been violated.
Pero...HOW do we do this? Well, it’s hard! We need support around it, and LOTS of practice.
If you've been struggling to set boundaries in your familia, then I'm inviting you to enroll in our “A MI MANERA” Workshop. We discuss how to set boundaries firmly & communicate our needs with our families while preserving relationships.
Then, on November 12th, I'll be holding a LIVE Integration session for all participants where we’ll gather and talk about the ways we can apply all this to everyday situations. No te lo piedras! ⏰
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