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Parents Connect Blog

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.

As you connect with our online community, we invite you to consider making an investment in the patients and families we serve through a contribution to Nicklaus Children's Hospital Foundation.
 

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Navigating a New Virtual Learning World

By: Michelle Nunez-Mendoza on March 20, 2020

Like many parents around the U.S., this week we embarked on the brave new task of virtual learning with our kids. For many parents who homeschool their children, this may be just another day, but combined with social distancing recommendations, “parenting and living virtually” as I like to call it can present some unexpected challenges. It’s also an opportunity to show our children what’s possible through educational technology and how to reconnect as a family.
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Adjusting to Home Learning

By: Jenise Subervi on March 20, 2020

We have all be thrust into a totally unexpected new normal, and for many of us, that now involves school-aged children at home with us 24/7. While many of our schools are sending out work and assignments, some of us are looking for things to do with kids who have not yet received assignments or who are on spring break already. In addition, some of us have to be able to work remotely while our children are hanging off of our arms or we need to be able to entertain them while we get said work done.
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Care and Convenience with NCHS Anywhere®

By: Vanessa Molina Santamaria on January 23, 2020

Around mid-December, my oldest daughter Grace had what appeared to be a small blister, or spIinter, under her foot. I suspected it could be a wart, but with family visiting us from out of town and the holidays in full swing, it wasn't easy getting her to the pediatrician's office. That's when I remembered that I could use our NCHS Anywhere BearCare Kit — and what a game changer that was for us!
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The Importance of Chores

By: Vanessa Molina Santamaria on October 28, 2019

As a mompreneur who juggles all the things, it’s important for me to teach my kids the value of hard work.
I remember growing up with my grandparents and helping my grandma around the house. I don’t recall her ever handing me a list of specific things to do, but I always felt like it was something I needed to do. Sometimes she’d ask me to do specific tasks, but I think it was just understood that I should help around the house — even when I wasn’t asked. That’s just the way I was raised.
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Why I Chose To Formula Feed

By: Kathy Buccio on September 25, 2019

I knew very early on, before kids actually, that I didn’t want to breastfeed. I was a formula fed kid myself and I turned out pretty good!
I was a healthy baby, child, and adolescent, so and as far as adulthood, I can say the same. I knew I wanted to formula feed my own kids, just like I was. I was confident in my decision then, confident when I was pregnant and confident when both my children were formula fed from day one; I wouldn’t change anything.
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Stop Mowing the Lawn

By: Michelle Nunez-Mendoza on September 16, 2019

I’m sure you’ve all heard of “helicopter parenting.” This is when we as well-meaning parents hover over our children to step in when they need us. But have you heard of Lawnmower Parenting? Lawnmower Parenting is when parents literally, “mow down” problems for their children, so they don’t have to face them.
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From the Newsdesk

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19): Frequently Updated
We understand that news related to the international spread of COVID-19 has raised concerns in our community. As part of our commitment to the region’s children and families, Nicklaus Children’s Hospital is in daily contact with local, state and federal agencies to monitor the situation, and is prepared to evaluate and care for patients with COVID-19 or suspected COVID-19.  
NCHS Recognized as Platinum Award Recipient for Best Internet Home Page and Best Digital Marketing Campaign by 2019 eHealthcare Leadership Awards
Nicklaus Children’s Health System (NCHS) was honored during the 20th annual eHealthcare Leadership Awards as a platinum recognition recipient in two categories – best internet home page and best digital marketing campaign.

Community Events

CPR Class (Spanish)

When? Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Curso de RCP (reanimación cardiopulmonar, siglas en inglés CPR) y primeros auxilios pediátricos, recomendado para padres, abuelos, y personas que estén al cuidado de menores de edad. Instructores certificados con la American Heart Association enseñarán RCP, el uso de AED y qué hacer en caso de atoramiento en bebés, niños y adultos.

Beckwith-Wiedemann Syndrome (BWS) Family Conference

When? Friday, July 10, 2020

Nicklaus Children’s Hospital invites you to attend a conference designed to provide individuals with Beckwith-Wiedemann Syndrome (BWS) and their families with up-to-date information about the possible aspects of BWS and their management. 

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