Parents Connect: Raising Happier, Healthier Kids

Our Blog: Parents Connect

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.

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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Nesting

By: Kara Marante on June 10, 2019

Gently gliding back and forth in the rocking chair of my soon to be baby girl’s nursery. I remember the feelings of nervousness, excitement, curiosity and peace that this nightly ritual provided me. I also fondly recall the planning. The preparation. The detailed list of tasks I created and then embarked on with great zeal as I readied the nest for my newborn.
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A Medical Mom’s Travel Checklist

By: Cristina Edmunds on June 05, 2019

As my son reaches three and a half, it’s safe to say he’s quite well traveled. He’s had probably 10 ambulance rides, and just as many road trips and plane rides. Now, the ambulance rides were not by choice — albeit necessary, but the other voyages were all in the name of visiting family and other personal life choices. No matter why you travel with your medically complex kiddo, you’ve got to bring a lot of baggage.
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Transitions

By: Marcia Diaz de Villegas on May 08, 2019

It was just yesterday that I held you in my arms. You were the sweetest most beautiful little girls and truly a blessing in every way. How could I be so lucky as to have these amazing gifts? We had fun with Playdough, puzzles, dress up and watching the girls take flight on the playground swings.
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Post Baby Blues are Real… And You Aren’t Alone

By: Kathy Buccio on April 12, 2019

They tell you that having a baby is the most magical time in your life. Words like, ‘unconditional love,’ ‘amazing,’ ‘pure bliss,’ are thrown around to describe that moment you become a mother, and it’s true you do feel all these amazing feelings. An exuberant joy descends upon you and transcends you into the most euphoric state, beginning the moment that baby is placed in your arms, and from that moment, you shall never feel sadness again.
Excuse me while I chuckle.
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From the Newsdesk

ENT Surgeon Participates in Mission Trip to Peru
Pediatric ear, nose and throat (ENT) surgeon Dr. Brian Ho recently participated in a mission trip to Cusco, Peru. The trip was organized by Support Our Smiles, a nonprofit comprised of medical professionals who volunteer their time to deliver comprehensive ENT care to underserved children around the world. Dr. Ho, in collaboration with colleagues from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and the Children’s Hospital of Georgia, evaluated more than 100 children, performed more than 20 surgeries, visited a school for hearing-impaired children and conducted approximately 50 hearing tests. Dr. Ho looks forward to returning to Cusco for another mission trip this September.
National Cancer Survivor's Day 2019
Patients from the Nicklaus Children's Cancer and Blood Disorders Center reunited with their doctors and nurses for a day of family fun to celebrate life on National Cancer Survivors Day.

Community Events

Cancer Center's Mini Relay for Life

When? Thursday, November 07, 2019

The Cancer & Blood Disorders Center at Nicklaus Children’s is hosting an American Cancer Society Mini Relay for Life in honor of all those touched by cancer.

Stay in Your Lane Celebrity Bowling

When? Sunday, November 10, 2019

Join the National Basketball Retired Players Association – Miami Chapter for a charitable night of celebrity bowling during their Stay In Your Lane tournament on Sunday, November 10 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The event will take place at King’s Dining and Entertainment located in CityPlace Doral, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Nicklaus Children’s Hospital. Click here to purchase your tickets.

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