The Surprising Effect Of Growing Up In A Multi-Generational House

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Disney/Pixar & DiMe Media, however, all opinions expressed below are 100% my own true opinions.

When I look back at my life I realize that I’ve always lived in a multi-generational household, only I didn’t know it had a name, or that it was a cultural thing. Like little Miguel from Disney/Pixar’s Coco I was fortunate to have my grandma & my Ama (my great grandma) with me when I was little and the biggest lesson I ever learned from them is that if you want something bad enough anything is possible. I’m grateful that my grandmothers taught me about the importance of a strong work ethic that they both had. My grandma came to America when she was 14, she didn’t know how to read, speak English or drive but she managed to get a degree in dentistry and a cosmetology license. My Ama never learned how to read or speak English but she managed to make a life for herself and her family here in America. 

My family is huge, and we always had a couple of relatives from Mexico with us when I was little. I remember they didn’t speak a lot of English, so I had to learn Spanish, and if it wasn’t for them then I wouldn’t know any Spanish at all. Growing up I loved sitting down and just listening to my great grandpa tell stories about how they live in Mexico and about the carnicerias (meat markets) our family owns. 

When I watched Coco I realized that seeing a house with grandma’s, grandpa’s, Tia’s, Tio’s & cousins wasn’t something I had ever really seen in a movie. It was the first time I truly understood how important the role my older family members had in shaping the adult I am today and how they taught me to fight for my dreams no matter how crazy they might seem. As a mom, now it’s even more important for Mila to be able to grow up around so many people she can trust and confide in, just like I did. I can’t wait to share with her the stories of how hard her family worked, and how important her grandmas are in her life! 

How did Disney/Pixar’s Coco speak to you? Did it make you feel even more connected to your family? I invite you to experience the beautiful story of Academy Award nominee Coco with your loved ones available on Digital & Movies Anywhere Feb 13 and Blu-ray Feb 27!