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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.

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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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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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From the Newsdesk

2018 Annual Report
New research protocols with potential to change the future of pediatric care. New outpatient centers that expand the Nicklaus brand and reach in South Florida. A new health plan to support access for underserved children. And new programs and initiatives that promise better tomorrows for the region’s children. These exciting 2018 developments were part of another great year of pediatric care leadership and excellence for Nicklaus Children’s Health System. Click to read the 2018 report to the community.
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.

Community Events

Nicklaus Children's Dental Mobile Unit

When? Thursday, December 12, 2019

The 40-foot mobile unit is Nicklaus Children’s Hospital’s latest endeavor to assist families in need as part of its vision “to be where the children are” in South Florida and beyond. In addition to screenings and exams, services can include varnish treatments, dental sealants, oral and health hygiene education as well as referrals for follow-up oral treatment, to underserved families of children who do not have dental insurance.

Nicklaus Children's Dental Mobile Unit

When? Tuesday, December 17, 2019

The 40-foot mobile unit is Nicklaus Children’s Hospital’s latest endeavor to assist families in need as part of its vision “to be where the children are” in South Florida and beyond. In addition to screenings and exams, services can include varnish treatments, dental sealants, oral and health hygiene education as well as referrals for follow-up oral treatment, to underserved families of children who do not have dental insurance.

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