Parents Connect: Raising Happier, Healthier Kids

September 2017

To My Fellow Imperfect Parents

Posted by: Maeghan Garcia
Published on: October 11, 2017

I never imagined that I would have to transition into parenthood without my husband by my side. That was never the plan. The plan always included him, as far back as I can remember. Then, suddenly, without warning or my consent, the plan changed and I was forced to adjust. 
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First Time Medical Mom

Posted by: Cristina Edmunds
Published on: October 03, 2017

My first experience as a parent was consenting to surgery, the first of quite a few that would take place in Oscar’s first year of life.  The decision was clear — of course, I would consent. The alternative to surgery was quite grim. The medical interventions that Oscar would endure in the first few days of life were life-saving and absolutely necessary, but that doesn’t take away from how scary and difficult they were to endure. 


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Are we Hurting or Helping Our Children?

Posted by: Nikki Novo
Published on: September 13, 2017

How often do we judge ourselves on not being the parent we think we should be? Should being the key word here. This is the first lie we tell ourselves when judging our own parenting skills. There’s a big difference between the kind of parent we think we should be and the actual parent we are. And the first step in becoming a better parent is accepting the kind of species that we are when raising our little ones. 
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¿Calidad o Cantidad?

Posted by: Paula Zelaya
Published on: September 01, 2017

Hoy quiero invitarlas a que nos tomemos un buen tiempo para estar con nuestros hijos y tener más calidad al compartir con ellos. Y esto es no solo para las mamás que trabajan, a quienes entiendo, pues soy una de ellas, y me consta lo que sentimos al no poder estar con nuestros chiquitos como queremos. Sino también a las mamás que están 100% disponibles para atender sus pequeñitos. Todas, cada una en nuestra manera, queremos tiempo con estas personitas que nos llaman MAMÁ.
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Parenting in a Social Media World

Posted by: Anais Grullon
Published on: August 29, 2017

Vlogger, local mom and business owner Annie Grullon discusses the pressures of social media on parents and children for Parents Connect. 
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Play Dates. It's Complicated.

Posted by: Cristina Edmunds
Published on: August 23, 2017

Going on one’s first playdate almost feels like a right of passage. You dream of your child meeting their new best friend, and imagine them growing up together side by side. You’re hopeful to find a new best friend yourself, a new mom who understands what you’re going through, and start planning future dates for lunch, coffee, shopping, mommy and me classes, and maybe even double dates with your spouses before you’ve even really met. It will be perfect! But what if it’s nothing like that? What if you have absolutely nothing in common except the fact that you’ve birthed a child recently? What if you have completely different approaches in parenting? What if your child is developmentally delayed and their kid is running in circles around yours?
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Living in the Now

Posted by: Maeghan Garcia
Published on: August 16, 2017

Earlier tonight, I was snuggled up behind Mason as I lay with him in his new car bed waiting for him to fall asleep. He was facing away from me and my arms were wrapped tightly around his delicious little body. Somehow my hand inadvertently ended up perfectly wedged between the mattress and his chest, and I could feel every beat of his tiny heart on my fingertips. I usually leave shortly after I'm sure he has dozed off into dream land. But tonight, I lingered for a while longer.
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Welcome!

Posted by: Jennifer Caminas
Published on: August 14, 2017

Welcome to Parents Connect, the official blog of Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, written by parents for parents.
Parents Connect is a space where families can share their experiences and inspire hope as we aim to raise happier, healthier children. Contributing bloggers include parents and medical experts who together serve as a voice for families everywhere. We invite you to join our online community and connect with us on the parenting journey. 
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From the Newsdesk

Parenting Boot Camp
10/26/2017 — Join us for an interactive and informative class for new parents and expectant parents. Free with registration.
VACC Camp Founder Passes Away
10/10/2017 — ​The medical staff, employees and volunteers of Nicklaus Children’s Hospital mourn the passing of our esteemed Dr. Moises Simpser, a longstanding leader and dedicated champion for children with complex medical conditions and their families.

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