Parenting Our Children

A young Latino boy spreads his arms in joy.

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Stop and smell the jasmine. Live in the present. Focus on what’s important. Picture yourself nailing that pirouette. These are all things we tell our kids to do – even though we may have trouble doing them ourselves. But what do they mean if we stretch beyond the clichés?

An African American child sits atop her father's shoulders.


As we venture out into the world once again, the last thing most of us want to do is think about all the fear, worry and general awfulness of the coronavirus pandemic.

Two girls enjoy the water on floats.

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With summer on the horizon, many children are eager to ditch the masks, let loose and camp, play and chill like it's 2022. But vaccinated or not, parents must ensure that their children play it safe whether online or at the pool.

A young girl gets a vaccine shot.


With a wholesale return to in-person schooling planned for the fall across the country, including in Miami-Dade County, parents are now asking themselves how safe will the return be? Fortunately, the question can now be answered in large part by parents and children themselves.

A group of kids readies to get back to the outside world.


Setting aside the device and planning in-real-life playdates. Transitioning from drive-by birthdays to bona fide cake-n-jump house celebrations. Leaving the comfort cocoon of living room home school for a return to the classroom.

An African American family takes a summer bike ride.


The Center for Disease Control and Prevention continues to advise against travel until individuals are fully vaccinated, meaning any summer travel plans should be put on hold for parents who have not received vaccines or any young children as they are still months away from getting CDC approval f

An African American mother meditates with her two young children.


Your child has likely asked, “Why is it important to share, be good, or kind.” For parents who are religious, the answer might be easy: that is how their religion or how God tells them to behave. But for those who are not religious, the answer might be less obvious.

A young Hispanic girl stares at her phone while in bed.

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With schooling, gaming and social interactions largely depending on the digital world during the pandemic, it’s easy for children and parents to overdo it. But how much is too much?