Parents Connect Blog

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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Our Latest Blog Posts

Get to Know Your Healthy Eating Style

By: Leyanee Perez, RDN/LDN on February 25, 2021

Healthy eating can look very different for everyone in your family. Each age group requires unique nutritional needs that should be met through the foods and drinks you consume. “Just like you can’t burn calories in your fifties as you did in your twenties, children can’t eat like adults.” Learning what healthy eating looks like at each stage of life is key for a long healthy life.
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It's American Heart Month: Step Toward a Heart-Healthy Future with Your Child

By: Leyanee Perez, RDN/LDN on February 17, 2021

Heart disease associated with lifestyle factors has been increasing among children and teens in recent years, generally associated with the rise in childhood obesity. By modeling and reinforcing healthy habits, parents can lead the way toward a heart-healthy future for their children.
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Five Ways a Speech-Language Pathologist Can Help Your Child

By: Cindy Herdé on February 16, 2021

Speech-language pathologists (aka speech therapists or SLPs) study human communication, its development, and associated disorders. This ranges from how we use our muscles for talking to how our neurological systems mature and work. In short, we can help with more than just speaking or talking. Many parents are surprised when they learn of all the areas in which we can help their children.
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Five ways to help your children maintain a healthy lifestyle

By: Ginevra Janus on January 19, 2021

What does a healthy lifestyle mean for your children? A healthy lifestyle can encompass a variety of things such as nutrition, exercise, mindfulness, spirituality, cultural diversity and more. Researchers often look at studies showing risk of premature death or disease and what increases that risk. It is important we instill healthy lifestyle habits in our children at a young age. The following are five ways to help your children maintain a healthy lifestyle.
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Single Parenting During the Pandemic: Facing and Overcoming Challenges

By: Adita Lang on January 11, 2021

Parenting is hard enough. Now, let's combine being a single parent and a pandemic, and you’ll have more gray hairs on a daily basis. Granted, I have had my moments where a time-out, for me, is imperative. However, the blessings have surpassed the challenges.
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Should Youth Athletes be Taking Dietary Supplements? Are They Necessary?

By: Maria Parra on December 16, 2020

The prevalence of supplement use among the young athletic populations is relatively high. The percentage of youth athletes, ages 11-18, using dietary supplements has been reported to vary from 22.3 percent to 71 percent.
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Recovery Nutrition in Children and Teen Athletes

By: Maria Parra on November 10, 2020

Proper nutrition is key to ensure optimal recovery of young athletes after a long training, practice, or game day. Most athletes train for several hours a day, at least five days a week.
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Pediatric Telehealth – Know the Facts

By: Vanessa Guerra, MD on November 06, 2020

The reality of COVID-19 has turned our world upside down in many ways. One positive outcome has been the consumer adoption of virtual doctor’s visits, also known as telehealth.
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Transitioning Back Into Sports After a Long Break

By: Isabella Ancheta, ATC, LAT on October 02, 2020

The start of the new school year typically also marks the start of the school sports season. However, as many schools continue to offer remote instruction due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there is much uncertainty as to when school sports will begin.
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So Your Kids Are Heading Back to School… Now What?

By: Rose Alvarez-Salvat, PhD on October 02, 2020

For months, we have learned new ways to protect ourselves and our children from COVID-19. We have learned guidelines for novel ways of socializing, we have worn our masks, compulsively cleaned our hands (and some of us – our groceries), stayed home, and learned how to complete our work virtually – all while taking on a new role as teachers to our children.
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