Parenting Our Children

A teenage boy and teenage girl enjoy laying in the grass.

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Ah, young love. That marvelous, angst-ridden, terrifying and thrilling experience filled with infatuation, exhilaration and (typically) gut-wrenching breakups. Most parents probably remember it all too well. And yet, they are completely ill-equipped to go through it with their own kids.

A diverse family sits around a table reading.

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As parents, we know the importance of raising children to respect and value people regardless of the color of their skin, their physical abilities or the language they speak. But teaching kids about diversity isn’t always easy.

A group of diverse girls smile together.

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Do you have friends from different countries? What do you learn from them?

Yes, I have a friend from a different part of the country. She's from Pennsylvania and she's my best, best friend.

Oli, 7

M. Athalie Range was the first African-American to serve on the Miami City Commission.

M. Athalie Range

While the country as a whole celebrates the impact African Americans have had in the United States, the Black community in South Florida has been especially important in the history of our region for more than a hundred years.

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.