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

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.

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.

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.

Recovery Nutrition

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.

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.

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.

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.

Jewish Holiday Celebrations During COVID-19

By: Shifra Koyfman, MD on September 08, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has definitely changed the world that we know it in all aspects. Our worlds have been turned upside down in so many ways.

Five Ways to Minimize Sibling Arguments When Virtual Schooling

By: Vanessa Molina Santamaria on September 02, 2020

When this pandemic started, few of us could have imagined that this would last into the following school year. But here we are, settling into the 2020/21 academic year, with many of us in the midst of managing virtual school again. Although it’s not the most ideal situation, there are things we can do to make the process go a bit smoother.

Back to School & Back to a Sleep Routine

By: Jenise Subervi on August 25, 2020

For a lot of us, summertime means relaxed schedules and routines. In our house, this means being less strict with bedtimes for both kids and parents! With school starting up soon, I know many of us are thinking about those early morning routines yet again, and wondering how we can get our kids back on track. For a lot of us, summertime means relaxed schedules and routines. In our house, this means being less strict with bedtimes for both kids and parents!