Parenting Our Children

A daughter asks a question of her mother which is hard to answer.

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In every parent’s life, there will come a time where your child asks you a question that you can’t answer. Not because you don’t know the answer (although that will happen also), but because your kid is not ready for the answer, or at least you don’t think they are. 

A teen’s face is completely obscured by smoke from an e-cigarette.

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By now you’ve seen news of the scary effects of vaping and the disproportionate numbers of our children who are engaging in the habit across the country. But despite the onslaught of information and stories, our kids are still vaping. In Miami-Dade County they are doing so more than ever.

A mother comforts her daughter who is going through a hard time.

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It’s a new year and with it comes the eternal hope for improvement, advancement and, of course, learning for your kids.

Save these dates in 2020.

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For better or worse, 2019 is in the rearview mirror. It’s all about 2020 now. If the beginning of every new year is a chance to look forward and start to plan for a good year, well, then let’s do 2020 with 20/20 vision. 

A young girl thinks about what to write during the holidays.

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The winter break is a time for decorating, last-minute shopping, family gatherings - and two weeks of bored kids lounging around the house. How can we prevent kids from becoming one with the sofa while binging on their favorite show as their school skills slowly wither away? 

Two informally dressed girls walking down the street with cigarettes.

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Friends are an important part of our children’s lives, and as parents, it’s our hope that our children choose them wisely. But what can you do when your child makes a friend you just don’t approve of? Should you to step in or stand back? 

A couple of older kids gang up on a younger child.

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What makes someone a bully?  

If they call you names constantly, not once, multiple times.

Camryn, 10

Acting mean to someone.

Avery, 10

A boy hugs his grandfather during the holidays.

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We live in a material world. And no matter how hard we try to teach our kids that Christmas or Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and other holiday celebrations are about more than time off, goofing around and getting presents, the world outside conspires against us.