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PUBLISHER & EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Nicole Irving CREATIVE DIRECTOR Allison Raber ASSOCIATE DEPUTY EDITOR Colleen McTiernan GRAPHIC DESIGNER Claire Stortz Vice president of sales Shane Irving marketing assistant Delia Albert PRODUCTION COORDINATOR Alison Walker ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE April Tisher executive assistant Sayeh Farah ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT Ashleigh Braun Contributing Writers Rizwana Fareeduddin, MD, FACOG, Selena Garrison, Teal Garth, Nicole Germany, Kelly Goede, Nicole Irving, Helen Kornblum, Colleen McTiernan, Olivia Pitkethly, MA, LMHC, Rebecca Rubin, Taryn Tacher, April Tisher Contributing Photographers Sincerely Gone Photography

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celebrating friends I have to admit, when I first heard the term “Galentine’s,” I thought someone was playing a practical joke. I had never seen the episode of “Parks and Recreation” that it debuted on, so I was confused, to say the least, regarding the term — but not to the concept of celebrating girlfriends!



Being a Gainesville transplant means I am blessed to have girlfriends here and there. All these women mean the world to me, and I would NOT be able to function without them by my side. If I could bottle up all the thanks and love I have for each of them, it would take a million years to pop each bottle. Daily calls, texts, emails and messages are what help me get through my crazy day. They are my support system, my shoulder to lean on and, in some cases, the people who talk me down from a crazy day of adulting!


Let’s be honest. Being a mom, wife, boss, teacher, employee and kid taxi driver is hard work, and if you add all that extra mumbo jumbo on top of it, it can take everything out of you to just stay sane through one more diaper change! Having that core of girlfriends who can relate and be there to lend a hand, tissue, coffee moment or phone call can mean all the difference between keeping it together or having to scoop it off the floor after the kids fall asleep.

How old is Karoline? Just turned 3!

As Valentine’s Day draws near, we hope you take the time to celebrate each other! Take a moment to toast your friendships! We even went ahead and gave you a head start with your very own Galentine’s Day party on page 35.

What is her favorite sweet treat? Ice cream

Cheers to amazing friends!

What is her favorite movie? "Frozen" What is her favorite stuffed animal? Her pink stuffed bunny, "bun-bun"





What is her favorite color? Pink







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feb · mar 2017 happy family • happy community



learn 66 A Community School in OUR Community 68 A Deeper Look Into Dyslexia

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Preparing for Your Grandchild to Visit

10 POWER PARENT Staccie Allen

Coming Up Roses

78 expecting

Simplifying Prenatal Testing


14 Where There's A Will, There's a Way:

conception 2✱ college™

Preparing Your Will

16 Like A Boss: How to Afford Quitting Your Job

40 Get Your Clean On

18 happy family Craine Family

42 Medicine Cabinet Must-Haves

80 infant

Finally! Tantrum-Free Tummy Time


10 of Our Favorite Children's CDs

84 early years

46 Sheet Masks: A Friend for Your Face

Family photo by Sincerely Gone Photography. Valentine treat photo by Allison Raber.

forks & spoons 26 Three Easy DIY Valentine's Day Treats 32 Colcannon: A Spin on an Irish Tradition

Conquering Daytime Wetting

86 kids

happy home

88 tweens

58 Queries from the Curious

What is With the Attitude?

60 It's Not Me, It's You: Time to Break Up

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Is My Child Abusing His ADHD

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Your Guide to Spring Break Camps Planning the Perfect Galentine's Day 101 Reasons We Love Florida Spring Break Daycations Sharing the Love: Valentine's Day Coupons

Growing Up Too Soon: What is Precocious Puberty?


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gr a n d p a r e n t s

Preparing for Your Grandchild to Visit BY KELLY GOEDE

I’ve seen the twinkle in my parents’ eyes when they find out we are coming to visit. Bringing my little people to see their grandparents always make my eyes twinkle, too, although perhaps a little less, as I am tasked with making sure they will be safely fed, put to sleep and entertained during their visit. An ounce of planning goes a long way toward making each visit smooth and enjoyable, and you as grandparents can assist in the endeavor by making sure the basics are covered. Driving to grandma’s house may be fun, but it doesn't necessitate pulling a trailer, and grandparents can help by reducing the amount of bulk parents need to haul. Before a visit, have a solid chat with the parents of your grandchildren about where they will be sleeping, eating and playing.

When that grandbaby awakes, he will probably be ready to do what he came to do at grandma’s house — EAT! Does he normally use a high chair? No problem — and no need to purchase one unless you really want to. Many portable booster seats and feeding chairs exist, and they can be stored easily when your grandchildren return home. Child-friendly plates and utensils are also simple items to have on hand. Again, a proper discussion about what your grandchild needs and prefers will guide you in what to provide.

Once all the necessities are squared away, let play time commence! Providing age- and interest-appropriate toys and books are part of the fun of being a grandparent! Keep it simple — a trip to your house is already stimulating, and it won’t take much to keep your grandchild entertained. Be sure to provide a safe and baby/child-proofed space for play. The pack-n-play works well for babies, and if your grandbaby is still little, a jumper is a great option for a safe play space. For older grandchildren, especially those who visit for longer stretches of time, consider providing larger items that won’t travel easily, like fishing gear, scooters and bikes (with a helmet!). And if your grands are arriving via airplane, square away what their car seat needs will be. Borrow an up-todate car seat or offer to purchase one if your grandchild’s parents are unable to bring his. Providing baby gates for stairs and other off-limits areas will ease everyone’s minds, and making sure pools are gated, locked and secure will ensure playtime is safe and fun.

After food (and before playtime) your grandchild will need a spot to change. A solid surface in a bathroom, or a bed with a changing pad should do the trick for getting your grandchild changed. If you can, find out what bath products she uses and have them ready to go. And although no one wants their grandchildren to fall ill during

With a little forethought and conversation, you can lighten the load that will accompany your grandchild and make for a fun, safe and enjoyable visit! ✽

Identifying your grandchild’s sleep needs and offering to provide the proper bed to accommodate those needs will lay a good foundation for your visit. A pack-n-play will work well for babies and toddlers, and basic versions are fairly inexpensive. If your grandchild is old enough to use a real bed, providing a bedrail (if needed) will also ease the amount of gear that must accompany your grandchild. A white noise machine would also be a boon, as unfamiliar sounds might keep your grandchild awake. Find out any other unique sleep needs and offer to provide as you can.


a visit, planning for those “just in case” moments will set parents at ease. Keep age-appropriate Tylenol, Motrin and Benadryl on hand, as well as a thermometer — hopefully you won't have to use them. | FEB/MAR 2017

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p o w e r pa r e n t


Program Director, UF Health ShandsCair/ARNP Wife to CHRISTOPHER, mommy to STEPSONS Todd (23) AND Thomas “Blake” (21), AND DAUGHTERS Camden Leigh (7) and Tristyn Mackenzie (5) PHOTOS BY SINCERELY GONE PHOTOGRAPHY

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To say that a typical day for Staccie Allen is busy would be a vast understatement. Aside from being the program director for the ShandsCair flight program (a time consuming job in and of itself), Staccie is also pursuing a doctorate at UF and raising two young children! Although she has a lot on her plate, Staccie keeps work, school and family time balanced by scheduling her days in advance and with the support of her husband Christopher. What does your typical workday look like?

I wake up early regardless of what time I went to sleep the night before (before 0600) so I can get ready for work, get the younger kids ready and fed, reset backpacks, lunch boxes and after school activity bags, and get the kids out the door on time for school (biggest challenge every morning regardless of how early I rise). Then I drive to work, multi-tasking on the way — usually phone calls or dictation email responses. I also address program operational factors from the night before, reprioritize my schedule for the day, grab yogurt and caffeine on the way in, and arrive at work 0800. At work I’ll have multiple meetings, conference calls, rounding with staff and contract negotiations, as well as operational management and, at times, staffing clinically. I leave work at 1645ish, still finishing tasks via cellphone, and drive to pick up the girls from EDEP before taking them to their activities (gymnastics,

dance, etc.). My daughters actually go to two different gymnastic gyms — crazy right? I get everyone home around 1845, have dinner (usually cooked by my incredible husband) and then it is time for homework (lots of it) and extra reading. Then we follow our nighttime routine (showers) before the kids go to bed. And then I work on my schoolwork … because I am enrolled in a doctorate program at UF!

How do you balance work life and family life?

With a colorful, rotating refrigerator schedule that corresponds to CalenGoo on our smartphones. We seriously would be lost without these road maps. They help keep the family up to date on daily activities. Sometimes just stopping what I am doing and shifting attention to the person or thing that needs my attention at that moment helps, too. Reprioritization, multi-tasking and efficient completions are MUSTS!

What is your go-to breakfast? Yogurt with granola and caffeine!

What is your coffee order? I’m not a big coffee drinker — soda generation!

What is your must-have work tech item? My cellphone and iPad.

If you could have one super power, what would it be? To stop time … because there are never enough hours in the day!

Which TV character most resembles you? Why? What is TV? LOL

If you had a day all to yourself and money was not a factor, what would you do? Sleep! Or travel somewhere, but not have a preset agenda.

What are 4 things you must have at work? ➊ My cellphone! I live with it! ➋ Internet access! ➌ My workbag, which contains just about everything I need to switch roles expeditiously. ➍ A favorite pen. | FEB/MAR 2017


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What advice would you give other working parents?

No matter how much you want to advance in your career, do not make repetitive decisions that continually sacrifice your time with your spouse or family. You will miss out, and may not get a second chance. It takes constant balance, reprioritization and open communication. Do not take others and their love and patience for granted. You will likely not accomplish everything on your list each day… and that’s OK!

What sacrifices/compromises have you had to make?

I have had to miss time with my spouse and family on the weekends and during the week, which can mean missing special family moments or events. I’ve also had to spend holidays away from my family.

When and how do you make time for yourself?

Pedicures and massages! My two go-to treats for myself! So grateful to my husband as he makes it possible for me to go and do these things later in the evenings.

Who is your greatest inspiration?

My parents and grandparents. They taught me from a very early age that a strong work ethic, higher education and passion would be what I needed to succeed in life. Along the way, I have also learned that love and trust are equally important.

Who are your biggest supporters?

My husband, Christopher. I couldn’t accomplish half of what I have without his unwavering and unconditional support and encouragement! He is truly an amazing partner and father! I never have to worry for a second that our family is in incredible hands, and he makes it a priority to include me in special family moments even though I may not be there in person. Also, my family, my stepsons, both my mother and her husband Larry, and Chris’ parents, Linda and Larry, have been incredibly supportive. They are always willing to lend a hand with the kids, or anything else our family may need.

Finish this sentence:
I hope that I have taught my children ... love and

kindness. ✽

Above: In addition to being a certified flight-registered nurse for ShandsCair emergency missions, Staccie's position as Program Director puts her in charge of all aspects of the program, including the mission control room. Below, clockwise from left: Staccie keeps her children close during the workday by hanging their artwork in her office. UF Health patch on Staccie's uniform. The ShandsCair helicopter.


Where There’s a Will, There’s a Way: Preparing Your Will BY SELENA GARRISON

So, you know making a will is important, but where do you start? There are two routes you can take: do it yourself or hire a lawyer. The DIY route is much cheaper, but the likelihood of mistakes is much greater. If you choose to write your own will and have a pretty uncomplicated situation, online programs like LegalZoom can give you a basic, legally sound will. If your situation is a little more complex, you might go to and check out their current offerings. Be sure that if you are writing your own will that you follow the execution formalities as outlined by Florida statute.

I was 25 years old when I had my first baby, who is now sitting next to me working on kindergarten math problems while my toddler sleeps. Prior to having kids, I never fully understood the absolute joy and crushing responsibility of being a parent. As my kids’ primary caregiver, kisser of boo boos, and momma extraordinaire, I never want to think about them having to navigate the world without me. Now in my early 30s, thinking about death isn’t high up on my list of things to do, but it is my job to prepare for that reality, just in case. That is why, right before heading out on a hard-earned cruise several years ago, my husband and I sat down with an attorney to hammer out our will. For parents, making a will is arguably the most important thing you can do to ensure that your kids are cared for by the people you would want doing the job if something were to happen to you. It is the legal process for making known who you would like to serve as the guardian for your children if you die before they are adults. It also gives you the opportunity to designate someone to manage your money for your kids until they reach adulthood. Aside from making

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these arrangements for your children, your will also specifies who will inherit your property (bank accounts, real estate and other belongings) when you die. If you die without a will in the state of Florida, there is no guarantee that your money will go to the people (or organizations) that you want or that your children will be cared for by the person or people that you think would be best. Of course, if you pass away without a will, the other legal parent of your children will get custody (with some exceptions). If both parents pass away, things get really tricky and a court will decide who gets the kids and where the money goes.

If you choose to hire a lawyer, be prepared to pay a larger chunk of change, but you will have the peace of mind that it has been done correctly. Either way, you will need to make a list of all your assets, decide exactly whom you want to inherit what (and when), choose a guardian and alternate guardian for your kids, choose who you want to handle your kids’ inheritance (if different from their guardian), and choose an “executor” to carry out your wishes and handle the paperwork after you die. Regardless of the route you choose, you will also want to revisit your will every three to five years to make sure no major life events (new baby, marriage, divorce, etc.) have changed your plans. For many families, the real hurdle in creating a will is emotional. We just don’t like to think about death. The fact is, as parents, it is our job to prepare for our kiddos both now and in the future, regardless of what that future might look like. It is so much better to be prepared than to potentially leave your kids in a situation you wouldn’t be happy with! ✽

DID YOU KNOW? If you die without a will in the state of Florida, there is no guarantee that your money will go to the people (or organizations) that you want or that your children will be cared for by the person or people that you think would be best. Always be sure to consult your family attorney with any questions. | FEB/MAR 2017



Like A Boss: How to Afford Quitting Your Job BY SELENA GARRISON

Four years ago, I sat waiting for my boss to enter his office for the appointment I had set up with him a few days before. My palms were sweating, heat was rising up the back of my neck, and I pretty much felt like I was going to pass out. He knew that I had started my own business 10 months prior, but the time had come to break the news that I would be leaving my job to pursue my business full time. Whether you are considering quitting your job to start your own business, become a full-time parent, pursue a different career opportunity, or for some other reason, it is important to make sure that this leap is one that you are prepared for financially. According to Marc Stalvey, a financial adviser with Edward Jones, there are several important areas to take into consideration. First, you want to make sure that prior to quitting your job, you have plenty of money set aside in savings. Even if you have another job or source of income already lined up, you will want to have at least six months of living expenses tucked away in the case of an emergency or unexpected life event (in my case: Surprise! You’re pregnant!). If you do not have another stable source of income available, Stalvey suggested having one year of necessary expenses available. Next, you will want to consider some lifestyle changes. You need to put a price tag on your current lifestyle and figure out what you need to do to reduce that cost. “You can’t keep spending like you’re making the same paycheck,” said Stalvey. “That is what causes people to find themselves in real trouble.” The easiest place to reduce your spending is on discretionary expenses, like eating out often for lunch or dinner ($6.69 for a turkey sandwich at Panera Bread), your daily latte habit ($3.65 for a grande café latte at Starbucks) and your entertainment choices ($12 to watch a movie at Regal Cinemas). Making adjustments in these areas will add up quickly and give you a lot more breathing room when your paycheck goes away. If your income reduction is going

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You can’t keep spending like you’re making the same paycheck,” said Stalvey. “That is what causes people to find themselves in real trouble. to be long term, an even more important place to make changes may be in your fixed expenses. These are things like your rent or mortgage payments, insurance payments, car payments, utilities, credit card payments, student loan payments, cellphone/internet/cable payments, etc. By reducing the bills you have to pay, you can make your savings go a lot further if you need to dip into it. Stalvey also suggested looking at the benefits you receive with your current job and considering what you will do to replace them. Does you job provide health insurance? If so, how will you replace it? If you have been making retirement account contributions through your employer, are you fully vested? What will you do with that account? Will you roll it over? How will you continue to save for retirement? Make sure you know the rules (and penalties) associated with retirement account withdrawals. Are there any other benefits you receive (free gym access, paid vacation, child care provision, etc.) that you

will need to consider? All of these factors can make a big difference when they are no longer available to you. One final word of advice is to make sure you leave on good terms. As much as you might like to make a dramatic exit, don’t. You may not like your job (or you may absolutely hate it), but if you were a good employee, your old employer may be your best ally as you go out on your own. You never know when you might need to ask for that old job back or need a personal reference, so make sure to give plenty of notice, emphasize your thankfulness for the opportunity to work there, and do not, under any circumstances, speak negatively of your boss or the people you work with.


There are few circumstances in life that are more exciting — or terrifying — than quitting your job to pursue another adventure, so make sure you are prepared for a successful departure! ✽ | FEB/MAR 2017



Meet t he

h a p p y f a m i ly

Craine Family

Chris, Andrea, Emma (7) and Lily (5)

PHOTOS BY SINCERELY GONE PHOTOGRAPHY at haile Plantation golf & country club

The kids’ favorite books: “Magic Tree House” series and any “Fancy Nancy” book! Mommy and Daddy’s favorite TV shows: “Modern Family.” Websites we love: Andrea enjoys Pinterest & Etsy, and the girls enjoy watching Ms. Booksy episodes on YouTube or doing activities on Starfall. Occupation(s): Chris is a middle school English language arts teacher at Kanapaha Middle School. Andrea is an ESE curriculum & inclusion specialist with Alachua County Public Schools. Favorite family meal: Emma and Lily are always requesting steak, macaroni & cheese and edamame. It is by far their favorite family meal!

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Favorite date spot: We love the restaurants in Tioga, especially Blue Highway and Saboré. Our family is most like: A rock band. Emma and Lily are always vying to be the lead singers. Movie in our DVD player right now: “Paddington.”

Favorite sports/extracurriculars to do: Running! We love to run local races and Emma runs Morning Mile daily at Meadowbrook Elementary. We are also involved with soccer at the Jonesville Soccer Complex and weekly gymnastic classes at Sun Country. Favorite sports to watch: Any Gator sports are of high interest to our family! Emma and Chris really love to watch college

football together. We also have fun watching UF soccer games and gymnastic meets. Favorite family activity: We love going to Kanapaha Botanical Gardens on Sunday mornings as a family. Emma and Lily love running through the maze and we all enjoy the beautiful scenery. Favorite local picnic spot: We love the parks and playgrounds in Gainesville, but most recently we have been picnicking in our backyard. There is a large wooden fort/playground in our backyard and the girls think it is the best treat ever to eat lunch or dinner out there! Pets: We have a 1.5-year-old dog, Bailey. She is a sweet and incredibly energetic terrier mix that we adopted from Helping Hands. Favorite day trip: Cedar Key for fishing and Crescent Beach for a beach day Favorite family vacation destination: Last spring break we took an amazing family vacation to Asheville, North Carolina. We zip lined, mined for gems, toured the Biltmore, hiked to waterfalls and the girls experienced snow for the very first time. What makes my kids laugh: We love to have family dance parties, which always end up with the girls acting silly.

They are at the age where they are truly interested in entertaining us, and it is so much fun to watch them interact with one another. Why we love living in Gainesville: We both grew up in Gainesville and are very fortunate to have our families living in town. In addition to family, the education and experiences that Gainesville has to offer are the perfect fit for our family. The girls both adore school (Emma is in first grade at Meadowbrook and Lily is in Pre-K at Gainesville Country Day School) and we've had the opportunity to make so many lasting friendships with people in town. We feel so lucky to raise our daughters in Gainesville! Something that we want our children to have that we didn’t have growing up: Self-confidence — the ability to reach out and be friendly to everyone. First word you think of when we say “family”: Happiness. Must-have item(s): Running shoes, books and multiple water bottles. Three words that describe our family: Loving, caring and creative. ✽

your guide to spring break


Spring Break For Alachua County Public Schools is March 20–24!


he five months between winter break and summer break can seem like an endless span of time for students. Enter spring break! This is the perfect nugget of time for kids and teachers to get a little break to refresh and regroup! But not all working parents can take an entire week off to cruise the seven seas, so what are the kiddos to do? Spring break camps, of course! These local and fun-filled options are the perfect alternative to make sure kids have a safe and eventful break.

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A Child’s Dream School Holidays Camp PRICE: $145 HOURS: 6:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. ADDRESS: 4127 NW 34 St., Gainesville, Florida, 32605 WEBSITE: A Child’s Dream plans a variety of activities to entertain kids throughout the week, including swimming, field trips, creative projects, sports and artistic crafts.

City of Gainesville PRICE: City Residents $50; Non-City Residents $74.75

HOURS: 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. ADDRESS: Albert "Ray" Massey Recreation Center, 1001 NW 34th St., Gainesville, Florida 32605 or Eastside Community Center, 2841 E. University Ave., Gainesville, Florida 32641 WEBSITE: The City of Gainesville offers a fiveday camp for students to engage and learn with hands-on activities, such as nature explorations and arts and crafts.

Florida Museum of Natural History PRICE: All day – $220 members, $245 non-members/ Half day – $115 members, $125 non-members HOURS: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. / Morning session 8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. / Afternoon session 12:30 p.m. – 5 p.m. ADDRESS: Powell Hall, 3215 Hull road, Gainesville, Florida, 32608 WEBSITE: Florida Museum of Natural History spring break camps are perfect for science and history buffs! Students can partake in interactive programs and explore the museum’s exhibits.

Gainesville’s After School Programs PRICE: $25 per day HOURS: 7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. ADDRESS: 43536 NW Eighth Ave., Gainesville, Florida, 32605 WEBSITE: Activities during Gainesville’s After School Programs involve interactive educational and recreational vents. Students will engage in outdoor activities, arts and crafts, movie time and more.

Haile Equestrian School Holiday Camps PRICE: $200/Three days, $350/Five days, or $75/day HOURS: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. ADDRESS: 7680 SW 46th Blvd., Gainesville, Florida, 32608 WEBSITE: Haile Equestrian offers the perfect venue for horse lovers. Experienced and non-experienced riders will ride horses twice a day, as well as learn about horse care and safety. Campers will also participate in crafting activities. The camp culminates in a horse show for family and friends.

Girls Place Inc. School Holiday Camps PRICE: $15 per day for members regularly attending the after school program/ $20 per day for children who are enrolled but do not regularly attend the after school program HOURS: 7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. ADDRESS: 2101 NW 39 Ave., Gainesville, Florida, 32605 WEBSITE: Girls Place offers girls an array of planned activities during the week based on physical, emotional, intellectual, social, spiritual and environmental wellness. Girls will go on field trips and participate in arts and crafts. | FEB/MAR 2017


your guide to spring break

camps Hippodrome Spring Break Camp

and fun camp experience. The camp includes field trips, arts and crafts, music, drama, games and other engaging projects.

geared toward children ages 5–12, including roller skating, rock climbing, miniature golfing and go karting. Admission also includes weekly local fieldtrips, lunch and snacks.

ADDRESS: 25 SE Second place, Gainesville, Florida, 32601

Okito America School Holiday Camp

Sonshine Day Preschool


PRICE: $130

Theater aficionados will enjoy the Hippodrome’s weeklong camp as they get acclimated with professional theater through workshops and classes. Family and friends are encouraged to attend a reception at the end of the camp to showcase camper-created works.

HOURS: 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

ADDRESS: 10000 W. Newberry road, Gainesville, Florida 32606

PRICE: $275 HOURS: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.


WEBSITE: Call Sonshine Day Preschool for more information!


Okito America, a Family Fitness Center, has a full range of events for their spring break camp. Kids engage in Spanish and martial arts classes, sports, bowling, swimming and group games.

WEEKLY PRICE: $169/ members or $189 nonmembers.

Skate Station Funworks

ADDRESS: 333 SW 140th terrace, Jonesville, Florida, 32669

PRICE: $149.95 per week, $37.95 per day


HOURS: Hours vary by location ADDRESS: Multiple locations in Gainesville WEBSITE: O2BKids has three locations in Alachua County to provide children with a safe 22

ADDRESS: 6900 SW Archer road, Gainesville, Florida, 32608 | FEB/MAR 2017

HOURS: 7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. ADDRESS: 1311 NW 76th Blvd., Gainesville, Florida, 32606 WEBSITE: Funworks Action Camp includes an array of action-packed activities

Sun Country Camp Sunny PRICE: $253 per week, prices vary for half-day rates HOURS: 7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Sun Country Sports Center holds Camp Sunny’s Spring Break Camp for active children. Campers will participate in a variety of sports activities, such as swimming, gymnastics, obstacle courses, indoor playgrounds and arts and crafts. ✽ | FEB/MAR 2017


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forks & spoons


From writing valentines to prepping delicious treats, getting your child ready for Valentine’s Day can be overwhelming. With class parties, doilies and cards galore, getting in the spirit to celebrate a day of “love” can be a struggle for all us parents. With Feb. 14 fast approaching, keep these recipes in your back pocket for an easy treat your kiddos can make for all their friends! Marshmallow Pops • 10 lollipop sticks

• 10 regular sized marshmallows • 1 package red Wilton Candy Melts • 1 package pink Wilton Candy Melts • White and pink sprinkles Melt each of the candy melt colors separately according to package directions. In the meantime, prep the marshmallow pops by sticking the lollipop sticks about halfway into the marshmallows. Once the melts have become creamy and smooth, dip the marshmallows into the mixture so that the top half is completely coated. Decorate the candy-coated marshmallows to your liking with the pink and white sprinkles, then place them on wax paper to set.

Parent Tip: Always make sure to let teachers and parents know that these are “homemade” in case there are any food allergies in the classroom.

Multi-Colored Candy Hearts • 1 package teal Wilton Candy Melts

• 1 package white Wilton Candy Melts • 1 package lavender Wilton Candy Melts • Silicone chocolate heart mold • Toothpicks Melt each of the candy melt colors separately, according to package directions until melts are creamy and smooth. For solid-colored hearts, use a spoon to fill each heart mold with the color candy melt of your choice. To achieve a marbled look, spoon one color at a time into each mold. Starting with white, fill your mold about halfway. Then layer the teal or lavender candy melts over the white, filling the mold to the top. Use your toothpicks to swirl the colors together thoroughly. For a slightly different marbled effect, try filling the molds first with your colored candy melt (teal or lavender) and then topping with white before swirling. Once all of the hearts are filled, place the mold into the freezer for about 3 minutes, or until the candy has hardened. Once the candy has set, pop the candy hearts out of the mold and enjoy!

Candy-Dipped P retzel Sticks • 10 pretzel rods

• 1 package red Wilton Candy Melts • 1 package pink Wilton Candy Melts • 1 package white Wilton Candy Melts • White and pink sprinkles • Squeeze bottle or fork Melt the each of the candy melt colors separately according to package directions. Once the melts have become creamy and smooth, dip the pretzel rods into the mixture so that the rods are covered about ¾ of the way. Depending on the size of your container, you may need to use a spoon to fully coat the pretzel rod. Once all of the pretzels are coated in the candy melts, decorate them with the sprinkles. You may also want to add a drizzle on your pretzels in contrasting colors by using the squeeze bottle or a fork. Once they are decorated to your liking, place the pretzel rods on wax paper to set. | FEB/MAR 2017



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A Spin on an Irish Tradition BY COLLEEN MCTIERNAN



Colcannon is a staple in Irish cuisine. In fact, it used to be served as a main dish instead of a side dish, as it usually is today. Depending on what county you’re from in Ireland, traditional colcannon recipes can vary slightly, but it is typically made with mashed potatoes, cabbage or kale and boiled ham. This recipe stays relatively close to the original, with just a few updates for those of you who (like me) can’t stomach the idea of eating boiled ham!









Place potatoes and garlic into a large pot and cover with cold water. Salt the water and bring to a boil over high heat. Cook potatoes for 15–20 minutes, or until they are soft and easily pierced with a fork. Meanwhile, cut bacon into strips and cook in a large skillet over medium-high heat for 5 minutes, or until bacon is crisp. Remove bacon with a slotted spoon and set aside. Reserve the bacon drippings.

Add cabbage and onion to the same skillet with the bacon drippings and cook over medium heat until both vegetables have become soft and translucent, about 10 minutes. Drain the potatoes and garlic, and transfer to a large mixing bowl. Add milk and butter, and mash with a fork (or use a hand mixer if you prefer no lumps in your mashed potatoes) until smooth. Mix in cabbage, onions and bacon, season with salt and pepper and enjoy! ✽


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Galentine's Day is celebrated on Feb. 13!

planning the perfect

galentine's day!

by colleen mctiernan & ashleigh braun | photos by allison raber | flower arrangements by the plant shoppe


hile Valentine’s Day is usually reserved for celebrating romantic love, Galentine’s is all about celebrating the love between friends! First introduced by Leslie Knope, the main character on “Parks and Recreation” this festive brunch, celebrated on Feb. 13, is a get together for all your female friends. In the words of Knope, “It’s only the best day of the year … ladies celebrating ladies.” So this year, show some extra love to the most important women in your life and host your very own Galentine’s Day brunch!

Macarons These delicate French cookies are a sweet way to end a brunch with friends!

Mixed Berries Brunch can’t be all sweets! Add a healthy element to your menu with a mix of raspberries, blackberries and blueberries.

Quiche Mini quiches are an easy way to add a savory note to the table.

Fresh Grapefruit These tart citrus fruits add a lovely pop of color to your spread!

Waffles A nod to Leslie Knope’s favorite food, waffles are the perfect main course for a Galentine’s celebration.

Bellinis This simple cocktail is just equal parts peach nectar and Prosecco!

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Songs to Kick-Start Your Galentine's Playlist

Our peach and gold color scheme makes Galentine’s Day distinct from the reds and pinks of Valentine’s Day.

“That’s My Girl” Fifth Harmony “Miss Independent” Kelly Clarkson “Wannabe” Spice Girls “New Romantics” Taylor Swift “I Knew You Were Trouble” Taylor Swift “Flawless” Beyonce

You're Invited While you can always invite people over in person, invitations will make your brunch feel like more of a party. Be sure to explain what Galentine’s Day is if your friends are unaware!

Best Friend Photo Banner Use an instant film camera to take pictures with your guests as they arrive. Attach them to a long piece of twine with miniature clothespins to create your own photo banner.

Pom Pom Wall Add some texture to your walls with these tissue paper pom poms! These can be purchased or you can go the DIY route. Visit for a full video tutorial!

Fresh Flowers No table is complete without a flower arrangement! Keep your color scheme in mind when picking out your flowers, and choose a taller arrangement so that you don’t end up with leaves in your food!

Growing Friendships

“Pretty Girl Rock” Keri Hilson “I Feel Like a Woman” Shania Twain “Unwritten” Natasha Bedingfield “Single Ladies” Beyonce “Girl on Fire” Alicia Keys

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giggle stamp Rose Gold-Colored Owl Necklace $29 (Valentine’s Special!), Family Jewels and Purse Strings Rose Gold Beats Solo3 Wireless $299.95,

Flower Ultimate Travel Brush Set $16.98, Walmart/

Rose Gold Drusy Nail Lacquer $18,

Dolce and Gabbana Rose the One $49.99,


Fitbit Flex 2 Bangle in Rose Gold $99.95,


Traditional yellow gold gets a stylish update in these stunning rose gold products. Skin-tone neutral, rose gold looks good on just about everyone, so go forth and view the world through rose gold tinted glasses.

Michael Kors Rose Radiant $65.99 for 1.7 ounces/$89.99 for 3.4 ounces,

Steve Madden Takeaway Sandals $69.95,

Urban Decay Naked3 Eyeshadow Palette $52,, Sephora/ Kate Spade Gramercy Grand Rose Watch $225, Lang Jewelers

Vivian Flatware Set 5-pc. - Stainless Steel Rose Gold - Threshold™ $19.99,

Rose Gold Bow Wallet $75, Family Jewels and Purse Strings

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Some daily tasks we feel as though we have mastered — making just the right cup of coffee, cleaning the car from top to bottom, even setting the DVR correctly to record all of the best shows! But there’s one thing you’ve been doing wrong — taking a shower. That’s right. It seems as though many Americans are skipping some of the most important shower practices after unwinding from a long day!

Avoid using body wash or soap with harsh fragrances

Let’s start with some of the basics we’ve been getting wrong this whole time.

Temperature Although most of us look forward to a nice, hot shower, a study from the Baylor College of Medicine said that lukewarm water can be the most beneficial when it comes to protecting the outermost layer of our skin. So What? Higher temperatures can often cause your skin to dry out because hot water strips oils from skin faster than warm water. Hot showers are also a common factor in individuals experiencing dry, itchy skin or eczema. Moderating heating can also reduce costs on energy bills.


Golden Rules of Showering

1. Avoid using body wash or soap with harsh fragrances; instead opt for products that are soap free. Try: Dove, Cetaphil, Olay 2. When exiting the shower, pat yourself dry instead of roughly toweling off.

Shower Length According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the average shower lasts eight minutes. With a standard showerhead this equals 2.2 gallons of water used per minute. So What? Showering is one of the biggest ways we waste water, and showers use 1.2 trillion gallons of water in the United States every year. Longer shower times can also strip your body of helpful bacteria needed to maintain skin hydration.

Consistency While it is common for most people to bathe daily, it’s only necessary for those that exercise daily or are working in the heat all day. For everyone else, it’s completely fine to shower every other day. So What? Taking a hot, lengthy shower daily can not only have an effect on your skin, but also can dry out your scalp and leave hair more prone to breakage.

3. Ignore the “lather, rinse, repeat” method when it comes to shampooing. Unless you have very oily hair, you can skip the “repeat.” Focus mainly on lathering the scalp, roots and nape of neck, and avoid drying out the ends with excess shampoo. 4. Moisturize within three minutes of drying off or save time with an inshower moisturizer. Try: Nivea In-Shower Body Lotion, Jergens Wet Skin Moisturizer or Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula 5. When using loofahs or washcloths, be sure to remove them from shower and place them in a dry area to avoid bacteria buildup. Don’t forget to replace them every three to four weeks! Try: Salux Cloth, a Japanese washcloth that exfoliates and distributes soap more effectively. 6. Clip hair up in a loose bun when conditioning to prevent developing breakouts on the back. 7. Rinse with cool water to help tighten your cuticles and pores. Doing so can help “seal” the pores in the skin and scalp and prevent dirt from seeping in. ✽

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Medicine Cabinet Must-Haves BY TARYN TACHER

Medicine cabinets are the handiest place to keep your family’s daily essentials. Of course you’ll want to keep your toothpaste, dental floss and body lotion in your medicine cabinet. But depending on the ages and needs of your growing family, there are a plethora of other specific products that we consider medicine cabinet must-haves.


BABIES Diaper rash cream This one goes without saying. Where there’s a baby, there are multiple diaper changes and the potential for diaper rash. Nasal aspirator This tool will help your baby breathe easier by removing excess mucous from his or her nose. Chris Campbell, Pharm.D., a clinical assistant professor at the University of Florida College of Pharmacy, also recommends keeping saline drops to use with the aspirator. Medicine Syringe Having a medicine syringe will make it much easier to give your baby the proper amount of any liquid medications he or she may need. Syringes do not drip, and they make it easy to insert into your squirming baby’s mouth. Digital thermometer Having a working thermometer is crucial. Babies can run fevers for a variety of

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reasons, and it is important that you are able to take determine your baby’s temperature if you believe it has spiked. For babies under 3 months, use a rectal thermometer for the most accurate reading.

Antibacterial ointment As toddlers begin to walk and explore the world around them, they’re bound to rack up scratches and cuts. Applying antibacterial ointment to their “boo-boos” will sanitize any open wounds to prevent infection.

Simethicone Campbell recommends this OTC gas relief medication for babies.

Bandages After you disinfect your toddler’s wound with antibacterial ointment, you will want to apply a bandage to promote healing.

Emergency contact phone numbers Where else would you keep a list of medical contacts? In the event of an emergency, you won’t have time to rummage through your drawers looking for phone numbers. Baby nail clippers You’ll want to make sure your baby’s nails are trimmed so he or she does not scratch him or herself.


T ODDLERS Benadryl As your toddler starts to try new foods, it is good to keep Benadryl on hand in case of any allergic reactions, said Campbell. However, you should always consult your pediatrician first for children under 6.

Calamine lotion Calamine lotion helps to alleviate itchy rashes and irritated skin. Your toddler’s skin is sensitive, and calamine lotion will help soothe the itch. Cotton balls Using cotton balls is the easiest way to apply calamine lotion. Simply dab the cotton ball with the lotion, and apply to itchy areas.


TWEENS Chapstick/lip balm It may be too early for girls to start wearing makeup during their tween years, but that won’t stop them from wanting to. Chapsticks and lip balms are great compromises that also nourish and hydrate their lips.

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Deodorant As your child begins to grow up, he or she will experience the onset of puberty. Deodorant is important for preventing unwanted body odor. Nail Clippers Tweens are often active in sports and afterschool activities. Trimming their nails will ensure their safety as well as prevent hang nails.

we may not be getting through our daily diets. Taking multi-vitamins or specific vitamins will help regulate our bodies and keep us healthy.

Hydrogen peroxide Minor injuries, like paper cuts, happen all the time. Keep hydrogen peroxide handy to sanitize any open wounds.

Aspirin You never know when a headache or body ache is going to strike, so it is always a good idea to have aspirin handy.

Bug spray Everyone in your family can use bug spray (except for children under 2 months of age) with a DEET concentration between 10–30 percent.




TEENS Face wash Many teens are plagued with acne, or at least the occasional breakout or blemish. Washing their faces daily can help keep their skin clean and healthy. Facial moisturizer As teens grow and mature, it is important for them to take care of their skin so it will stay looking youthful and healthy for years to come. Applying moisturizer will nourish their skin and keep it from becoming dry and flaky. Tweezers The teen years mean puberty, and puberty means hair growth — both wanted and unwanted. Having a pair of tweezers on hand will help your teen groom him or herself how he or she pleases. Sanitary napkins/tampon As teenaged girls experience the onset of their menstrual cycle, it’s important that they have the necessary products to deal with their monthly periods.

Vaseline Vaseline is a multi-purpose product that can be used for everything from chapped lips to unruly eyebrows to dry skin.

Sunscreen The Florida heat can be brutal, so it’s important to apply a sunscreen of at least 30 SPF daily to avoid sunburns and skin damage. Antacids and Imodium For tummy troubles in family members older than 6, have antacids on hand to combat heartburn and Imodium for diarrhea. ✽

Tylenol/Ibuprofen Having these pain relievers/fever reducers in your medicine cabinet is a must.


What to Keep In Your Medicine Cabinet Ipecac Ipecac used to be used to induce vomiting if children ingested something poisonous. However, Campbell said that caustic substances can actually cause more damage on the way back up, and if the poisonous substance ingested is causing the child to have a hard time breathing, they could end up breathing in the vomit.


Previously given to soothe the sore gums of teething babies, Campbell said that Orajel is no longer recommended by the FDA.


ADULTS Natural/home remedies involving alcohol or raw honey

Makeup remover Removing makeup every night before bed will help prevent breakouts and clogged pores. Vitamins It’s important that we supply our bodies with the necessary vitamins and minerals

Raw honey can cause botulism in children younger than 1, and alcohol should never be given to children.

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Sheet Masks:


There’s a good chance you’ve seen photos posted on social media of people with these papery masks on their faces. And although they may look a bit odd, there are plenty of benefits to using sheet masks.

Annie's Way Secret Garden Black Rose Devil's Moisturizing Secret Mask $3.25,

Erno Laszlo Firm & Lift Hydrogel Mask $16, and Nordstrom

WE TRIED IT: "This mask went on easily and felt light. My face felt cool to the touch after I rinsed off." -Sayeh

WE TRIED IT: "This uber moisturizing mask came in two pieces for easy application. Once on, it felt comfortable and hydrating!" -Nicole

Peter Thomas Roth Un-Wrinkle 24k Gold Intense Wrinkle Sheet Mask $68 for set of six,

fango ESSENZIALI Moisturize Treatment Sheet Mask $7, Macy’s and

WE TRIED IT: "This mask felt very cooling and fit just right. It did seem like a longer process than with a clay mask, but I did feel a difference and I would do it again!" -Alison

WE TRIED IT: "This mask was harder to apply, but it smelled good and left my face feeling very smooth!" -Ashleigh

Esfolio Pure Skin Essence Mask Sheet – Volcanic Ash $1.90,

Karuna Anti-Oxidant+ Face Mask $8, Sephora/

WE TRIED IT: "I liked that this mask had a nice, light scent and none of the ingredients irritated my sensitive skin." -Allison

WE TRIED IT: "Although a little slimy feeling, the mask fit my face perfectly. I also felt very relaxed while wearing it! During and after, my face felt refreshed and rejuvenated." -Brittany

Hailing from South Korea, sheet masks are great at providing much needed hydration for dried out faces. The mask itself creates a barrier, sealing in all of the active ingredients underneath and allowing maximum penetration into your skin. As they are primarily used for skin hydration, sheet masks are different from traditional face masks, so be sure to keep your tried and true clay mask in the mix for deep pore cleanses. There are many types of sheet masks available, from 24k gold masks to masks made with volcanic ash. While you can order a wide variety online, there are also plenty to choose from at your local beauty stores.

Sephora Algae Face Mask $6, Sephora/

WE TRIED IT: "The mask stuck on better than I thought it would and made my face feel very moisturized when I was done. I'm not sure that it detoxified anything like the package says, but I'd be willing to try it again!" -Colleen

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This February, we’re showing some love to our home state!








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Beach Days



1. Watching sunrises over the Atlantic. 2. Celebrating my January birthday at the beach! – Nicole

#4 Fresh orange juice! 5. Beautiful, sunny days, courtesy of the Sunshine State. 6. Never having to walk the dog in -10 F.

8. Palm trees, everywhere! 9. Getting in-state tuition at the University of Florida 10. Always having a great base tan. 11. You can choose from two MLB teams to root for — The Marlins and The Rays. 12. Having an entire array of beaches to visit, mostly within a day’s drive. 13. Our lovely system of springs.

14. Disney World, of course! 15. No state income tax.


16. Delicious Florida blueberry wine. 17. Living in the home of the Florida Gators 18. Manatees! 19. Tiki bars! 20. Airboat rides in the Everglades. 21. Being close to major ports for cruises. 22. Deep-sea fishing. 23. Snorkeling!

Being able to watch the rockets launch on the Space Coast.

24. Florida is the only state in the continental United States with extensive coral reefs near its coasts.

#7 Photo courtesy of Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. #12 Photo courtesy of Santa Rosa County Tourist Development Office. #38 Photo courtesy of Weeki Wachee Springs State Park. #40 Photo courtesy of Universal Orlando Resort.

3. Not having to shovel snow in the winter months just to go to the grocery store.

25. Scuba diving. 26. Exploring old shipwrecks. 27. Being able to grab a metal detector and go beach combing. 28. It’s almost always sandal weather!

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort is just a short drive away!


29. Being just a day’s drive away from old Spanish forts in St. Augustine. 30. Our rainy days make for perfect movie marathon days.

31. All of the lush greenery. 32. Pool days! 33. Being home to Publix! 34. And of course, Publix subs.

Weeki Wachee Springs State Park

41. Visiting the National Naval Aviation Station in Pensacola. 42. Going dolphin watching. 43. Watching the five species of sea turtle nest on our beaches. 44. Being home to the adorably tiny Key deer.


Collecting seashells on the beautiful beaches of Sanibel Island.

46. The stunning array of lighthouses along the coast. 47. Kayaking/Canoeing — Florida is home to the longest paddling trail in the continental states! 48. It is ice cream season all year round! 35. You can get fresh, delicious seafood just about anywhere!

49. The graffiti walls of Wynwood Art District in Miami.

36. Key lime pie.

50. Being able to visit the Salvador Dali Museum in St. Petersburg.

37. Florida has the best Cuban sandwiches outside of Cuba. 38. Live mermaid shows at Weeki Wachee Springs State Park. 39. Seeing Hemmingway’s six-toed cats in Key West.

51. The stunning coral and seagrass communities of the Dry Tortugas National Park. 52. Hiking through over 700,000 acres of swamp in Big Cypress National Preserve, just 45 miles outside of Miami.

Busch Gardens

58. Exploring the caverns in Florida Caverns State Park.


Paynes Prairie

60. Being home to the oldest city in the country: St. Augustine! 53. Watching the Blue Angels practice in Pensacola.

61. The grandeur of Vizcaya Museum and Gardens in Miami.

54. The wild rides and animal exhibits at Busch Gardens.

62. Going scalloping in Cedar Key.

55. We’re just a hop, skip and a jump away from a vacation in The Bahamas. 56. Our wealth of underwater caves. 57. Water parks … all year long! .

63. We have two great NHL teams — The Panthers and The Lightning.


Visiting the Coral Castle Museum in Miami. 65. Florida has nine multiuse state trails and won the American Trails Best Trails State Award in 2008.

Florida Caverns State Park

66. Going to Daytona Beach to watch the Daytona 500.

#58 Photo courtesy of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. #59 Photo courtesy of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. #61 Photo by Bill Sumner, courtesy of Vizcaya Museum and Gardens Archive. #74 Photo courtesy of Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival Inc. #77 Photo courtesy of Santa Rosa County Tourist Development Office.

67. The delicious food scene and nightlife of Las Olas Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale. 68. Getting the best Grouper sandwiches in Clearwater. 69. The beautiful and relaxing Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens in Delray Beach.


Being home to the only major city in the country founded by a woman — Miami!

71. Walking along Seventh Avenue in Ybor City, named one of “10 Great Streets in America” by the American Planning Association.

77. We’re home to some of the best beaches in the country, according to Trip Advisor. Siesta Beach, Clearwater Beach, Saint Pete Beach, Pensacola Beach, St. Augustine Beach, Panama City Beach, Henderson Beach State Park, Fort Meyers Beach, Las Olas Beach and Navarre Beach all made the list! 78. The Singing Tower and gardens of Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Wales. 79. Swimming in the Venetian Pool in Coral Gables, the only pool in the country to be included in the National Register of Historic Places.

Navarre Beach

72. Visiting the Kennedy Space Center. 73. The Ringling museum in Sarasota. 74. Heading up to Pensacola for The Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival in the fall. 75. Getting delicious fresh fruit and milkshakes from Robert Is Here Fruit Stand in Homestead. 76. Exploring the Timucuan Ecological/ Historic Preserve in Jacksonville, especially the Kingsley Plantation and Fort Caroline National Memorial.

80. Jules’ Undersea Lodge in Key Largo, the only underwater hotel in the country! Guests actually have to scuba dive to get to their rooms. 81. Lizard spotting! 82. Raising kids with a love of the water.

Vizcaya Museum

83. Being able to appreciate snowstorms, because we don’t have to live in them!


Hunting for (and finding!) shark’s teeth on Amelia Island.

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Falling Waters State Park








94. You don’t really need a separate wardrobe for winter and summer.

85. Gatorade was created here! 86. We’re home to three great NFL teams — The Dolphins, The Buccaneers and The Jaguars. 87. Our 161 state parks are perfect for hiking, running, biking, camping, geocaching, kayaking, canoeing, etc.

95. You can drink your favorite iced coffees all year long without freezing! 96. Never having to drive in the snow. 97. Kiddos under 12 get free cookies from Publix! 98. It may rain frequently, but rainstorms usually pass relatively quickly! 99. We may not have mountains, but we do have beautiful waterfalls at Falling Waters State Park!

89. Fewer potholes.

100. Bird watching.

90. Raking leaves isn’t the tiring chore that it is up north. 91. Florida is home to three national parks, two national monuments, two national seashores, two national memorials and two national preserves. 92. There are so many great vacation spots throughout Florida, you never have to leave the state to go on a trip. 93. You hardly ever have to parallel park.


Watching sunsets over the Gulf of Mexico.

The Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival

#99 Photo courtesy of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.

88. Our basketball team, the Miami Heat, has won three league championships, two back to back.

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happy home a limited color palette that includes black, gray, white and beige. Get your “pop” and mix-and-match flexibility from costume jewelry and colorful scarves. Your classic black dress can go anywhere based on your accessories. The downside of taking established outfits is having clashing colors or too many blazers to fit into your bag. ●●

Take one purse for daytime and one for evening (yes, black) and only comfortable shoes. You may have a fabulous shoe collection, but limit yourself to two pairs of daytime shoes — a “sensible” pair if you’re going to be touring all day and something like ballet flats if you’re attending a conference. One pair of dressy heels adequately completes your travel shoe wardrobe. Wear your heaviest pair of shoes while traveling, unless the weather makes that impossible.


Forget the hair dryer because hotels supply them. Keep cosmetics simple. Use travel-size toiletries or half-empty tubes of your favorite creams, and put them into a sturdy plastic bag. Check your airline’s requirements for packing liquids. Make a separate list of medications and put them into your carryon bag.


Lay out your clothing selections on your bed or on a table. The old joke says that now you should put half of it back into your closet. Maybe not, if you have chosen wisely. Protect your clothing and keep it organized by using vacuum or plastic bags for the various categories. Stuff socks into your shoes. By wrapping shoes separately, you can snuggle each one into an open space in your suitcase.


Queries from the Curious Q I like to travel, but I

panic when it comes to deciding what to take and how to pack it all. Either I take too much or I forget the stuff I should have taken. I’m almost always cramming items into the suitcase at the last minute. How can I make this process less stressful?

Men seem to have an easier time with packing, so let’s look at packing anxiety from a woman’s perspective. Wanting to have just the right outfits for indeterminate activities may overtake our desire to pack “lightly.” Unless you have staff to haul a trunk, you need to rethink your priorities.

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Where are you going? What’s the expected range of activities and temperatures? Do you plan to check your bag or carry it aboard? How long will you be away? With smart planning, it really is possible to pack only a carryon for a two-week trip. ●●

How old is your luggage? Does it feel heavy before you start to fill it? Modern suitcases are light and expandable; you can fill them without exceeding the baggage weight limit, so you may want to look into updating your luggage.


Make a master list of the kinds of clothes needed, according to the events on your itinerary. We all need the basics — underwear, socks, pantyhose and nightwear. The “electives” include slacks, shorts, tops, jackets (sweater, blazer, sweatshirt), skirts and dresses. Also consider the weather. Will you need a hat, scarf and gloves, or maybe a bathing suit and cover-up?


Select clothing by color or outfit. Get ideas from catalogs that feature travel clothing. Neutral colors from neckline to feet do the best job on the road. Choose

If you like everything you’ve packed, it won’t matter whether you’re off for a romantic weekend with your sweetie or heading into infinity and beyond with Buzz Lightyear. You’re ready to roll. ✽

 Helen Kornblum is a life coach and organizer in Gainesville, Florida. Find her at Her specialty is coaching teens and young adults who have ADHD. | FEB/MAR 2017


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It’s Not Me, It’s You: Time To Break Up With Some Common Household Items BY KELLY GOEDE

Germs are inevitable, and try as we might, we cannot avoid them. We know that exposure to different germs can either strengthen our immune systems or make us sick, and we do our best to invite in the good ones and fight off the bad ones. Unfortunately, many of us have items in our homes that do us no favors in the germ department, as they harbor bacteria and other yucky things, and we are unwilling to part with them. I’m talking about things like your pillow, your mascara, your toothbrush — things that become like a warm petri dish for bacteria. And much like a bad boyfriend, viruses like the flu and norovirus can stick around for weeks on objects and surfaces, according to the CDC.


Kitchen items are especially vulnerable to store bacteria, like E.coli, staph and salmonella, as they come into contact with food like raw meat and our mouths. The No.1 offender in the kitchen is the very sponge you use to wash your dishes — commonly reported to be dirtier than a toilet seat. YUCK! Sponges need to be replaced at least every other week, and they need to be washed in the dishwasher on the sanitize cycle, or be washed at 150 F to kill bacteria. Have non-stick cookware with scratches in the finish? Then it’s time to toss it. Harmful chemicals, such as BPA and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), can leech into your food while you’re cooking.


This next item is near and dear to my heart (and head), and as much as I love it, I love living without bacteria even more. According to a study from Barts and the London NHS Trust, “up to a third of the weight of your pillow could be made of bugs, dead skin, dust

mites and their feces.” My pillow is one of my favorite objects on earth, but just like yours, it should be replaced every 18–24 months to avoid cozying up to nastiness for years at a time. Bed sheets should also be washed on hot at least weekly, especially if you eat in bed, sweat a lot, or let your beloved animals share the bed with you.


Less endearing than my pillow, but infinitely more important — and dirty — is the toothbrush. This object needs to hit the trash after three to four months, and definitely after you’ve been sick. Don't wait until the bristles resemble a porcupine — according to Registered Dental Hygienist Magazine, there are 20 billion microbes in our mouths at any given time, which means there’s plenty of bacteria on your toothbrush. And now to hit me where it hurts. My makeup would find me guilty in germ court and lock me away forever. Even though we all know that bacteria gets transferred to our face from our makeup brushes, sponges and mascara every

time we use them, we seem to cling to our favorite beauty items long past their healthfulness. You do not want to artfully apply Aeromonas (a main cause of gastroenteritis) when sponging on foundation. Mascara needs to go after three months and eyeliner can last up to six months — after that they become a breeding ground for bacteria. Makeup brushes and sponges also need a thorough cleaning at least once a week. ✽

! Some other items you may not have realized need to be changed regularly: Running shoes —Replace every 300–500 miles. After that the bend in the sole will increase your risk of injury. Sunscreen — Replace at least once a year. If it becomes separated or clumpy it is no longer effective. Hairbrush — If the bristles have started to separate or more than 10 percent of them are missing, it’s time to replace it. Pacifier — Replace every two months or at the first sign of any damage. | FEB/MAR 2017


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CEDAR KEY Cedar Key is a small town on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico only about an hour from Gainesville. The town is full of rich history, quaint shops and restaurants, and beautiful scenery to explore. Stop by the Historical Society Museum or the Museum State Park for a small cost to explore the town’s history or stroll down a peaceful nature trail. You can also visit the Out-Islands by boat tour ($90-$210 per tour) or boat rental ($15-$20 per person).

DAYTONA BEACH A different kind of coastal attraction about two hours away, Daytona offers miles of flat beaches perfect for a little drive across the hard packed sand or just a relaxing beach day. If the beach gets boring, go on one of the three tours offered at the Daytona International Speedway, ranging from $12–$52 per person.

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ith spring break coming up, it seems like everyone is planning an elaborate vacation. Sometimes this break just seems too short to go through all the effort of embarking on a tropical getaway, but staying home doesn’t mean you can’t have a little fun with the family. Daycations near Gainesville can provide all the excitement and spontaneity of a real vacation, but at much less cost and travel time. Here are some ideas to help you get started on your daycation planning.

ST. AUGUSTINE An hour and a half from Gainesville, this historical town has many attractions for the whole family. Visit the Alligator Farm Zoo Park ($13 for kids and $24 for adults) and see the every living species of crocodilian, plus exotic birds, pythons and Madagascar lemurs. Watch a show or even zip line over the park for an extra fee.

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GINNIE SPRINGS Only a 45-minute drive, the springs have a beautiful, quiet campsite where you can come for a day ($3 for kids and $13 for adults) to enjoy kayaking, canoeing, stand up paddleboarding, or even swimming and snorkeling if it’s warm enough! If you want to extend your stay, tough it out in a tent ($6 for kids and $21 for adults) or rent a cabin ($175 per night).

JACKSONVILLE Another big city, Jacksonville is only an hour and a half drive. Experience the city from the best perspective at the River Walks on either side of the St. Johns River downtown or visit the Jacksonville Zoo ($12 for kids and $18 for adults), which offers a variety of animal activities, including up close encounters, behind the scenes tours, keeper talks, a butterfly room, a 4-D theater and more!

ORLANDO This big city has lots to do and is about two hours from Gainesville. Famous for its many theme parks, the quieter — and cheaper — side of Orlando includes the Leu Botanical Gardens ($3 for kids and $10 for adults) and the Orlando Museum of Art ($5 for kids and $15 for adults), where you can see unique plant life and artwork

TAMPA Two hours from Gainesville, Tampa is another city with a lot to offer. Get a one-day one-park ticket to Busch Gardens for just under $100 per person or see over 20,000 aquatic animals and plants at the Florida Aquarium ($20 for kids and $25 for adults). For kids 12 and under, the Glazer Children’s museum offers hands-on educational exhibits for $9.50 for kids and $15 for adults.

LIVE OAK This historical city, located near the Suwannee River and two quaint neighboring towns, Lake City and White Springs, is a little over an hour from Gainesville. Enjoy a taste of old Florida while exploring any of the three small towns or take a trip to Suwannee River State Park where opportunities for hiking, biking, fishing, boating and camping await you. General admission is $5 per vehicle.

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All it takes to make dreams come to life is a two-hour drive from Gainesville to Dinosaur World in Plant City. Walk through hundreds of life-sized dinosaur statues, see interactive shows, and visit the prehistoric museum or the dino-themed playground for $12 for kids and $17 for adults. While you’re in Plant City, stop by the Farm and Flea Market, the Robert W. Willaford Railroad Museum or the Gus Trent Horse Ranch for a trail ride through Alafia State Park (available for children 5 and older).

Just over an hour from Gainesville, Crystal River is the perfect small town adventure with a big (literally) marine life population. See Florida’s favorite gentle giants, the manatees, before the water warms up too much. Book a swimming tour for $25 for kids and $50 for adults to get up close and personal or choose a sightseeing or guided kayak tour if wetsuits aren’t your style, all through


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For a day sure to be packed with fun, make the hour and a half drive to Valdosta to visit Wild Adventures theme park. The park has all your typical thrill-seeker rides, but it also has a zoo with interactive exhibits and activities, mini golf, go-kart racing, an arcade and new water park, Ohana Bay, along with reopened water park, Splash Island. For a $50 admission price, this park has something for everyone. ✽


A Community School in OUR Community BY APRIL TISHER

When the news first traveled down the wire that Howard Bishop Middle School had been selected as a “community school,” parents and students alike weren’t really sure what that meant. Many confused the term with neighborhood school, which given that Bishop sits right in the middle of a neighborhood didn’t seem to be news at all. The reality is that being a community school is something much bigger! A community school’s purpose is to provide services not typically associated with education that students and their families may be lacking. The official definition from reads: A community school is both a place and a set of partnerships between the school and other community resources. Its integrated focus on academics, health and social services, youth and community development and community engagement leads to improved student learning, stronger families and healthier communities. It is no secret that thousands of school-age children come to school each day lacking basic necessities. It is hard to learn when you are hungry, sick, have a toothache or have unmet emotional needs. Mike Gamble, the principal of Howard Bishop Middle School, said that they are very excited about having the community school, which they call “The Nest” for the Howard Bishop Hawks. “The important thing to remember is the community school is a long-term commitment but will consist of small steps,” said Gamble. He noted that many of his teachers have always provided a variety of social services for their students, just because they are caring teachers. Now having the community school will allow teachers to teach and not spend time and resources trying to find supplies, clothing, food and glasses, for example, for their students. Jennifer Anchors, executive director of the Children’s Home Society of Florida, said that The Nest is a “Community Partnership

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School,” which means that the decisions for the community school are made by a 25-year partnership consisting of Children’s Home Society, The Alachua County School Board, The University of Florida, The Alachua County Department of Health and Santa Fe College. These entities come together as an all-encompassing decision-making team to discuss and prioritize the specific needs of the

that this is an incredible opportunity for multiple agencies to collaborate together to mobilize resources and services to better serve the students and families of the Bishop community area. Clarke said that several factors went into the decision to choose Bishop, such as its central location and close proximity not only to the RTS bus line, but also to the Fern Side Family Services Center

Now having the community school will allow teachers to teach and not spend time and resources trying to find supplies, clothing, food and glasses, for example, for their students.

school, students and their families. Anchors said there are currently 11 other community schools in the state of Florida, with another five in the works. However, each school will look different depending on the specific needs of the individual students of that school. Already in place at Bishop is the director of the community school, Tarcha Rentz, and a full-time mental health counselor, separate from the school’s guidance counselors. The Nest also already has a clothing and snack closet for those who need it. As future funding allows, the plan calls for an after-school coordinator (to provide separate tutoring and assistance from the existing EDEP), a health coordinator and a parent-community liaison. Karen Clarke, Deputy Superintendent for Alachua County Public Schools, said

and WIC, Head Start and Health Department offices. Proximity to other schools (where siblings may attend and can also benefit from the services offered) was also a consideration. Making access easy will increase the likelihood that families can take advantage of what the community school has to offer. “Endgoal possibilities are endless by focusing on what the families need,” said Clarke. It’s important to note that each phase of a community school plan is dependent on not only the needs of the schools' families, but also on funding. The community partners provide resources, volunteers and education, but not necessarily money. Funding comes from private donors and grants, which are always being sought. For information on how to donate, please visit and note Howard Bishop as the designation. ✽ | FEB/MAR 2017




You have most likely heard the word “dyslexia” before. But whether you really understand what dyslexia is is a different matter all together. The effects of dyslexia can vary in severity from person to person, but according to the Committee on Science, Space and Technology, it affects one in every six Americans in some form or another.

u What is dyslexia?

According to the International Dyslexia Association, dyslexia is “a language based learning ability … a cluster of symptoms, which result in people having difficulties with specific language skills, particularly reading.” This can make school difficult for adolescents with dyslexia, particularly if their dyslexia goes undiagnosed or if they are not given the proper tools to assist them in their education. Although much research has been done on the subject, the cause of dyslexia is still relatively unknown. However, according to the Mayo Clinic, it has been linked to certain genes involved in brain development, and it appears to be an inherited condition. Dyslexia is not something that can be cured. People who have dyslexia are born with it and will have the condition throughout their lives. However, with the right tools and strategies, the negative effects that it can have on a person’s life can be mitigated. People with

Above: Drew and his mother, Kara Dawson

dyslexia can be just as successful as those without the disorder — Tim Tebow, Whoopi Goldberg and Steven Spielberg all have dyslexia and it has not stopped them from reaching their goals! In fact, many have noted that those with dyslexia tend to have a great ability to think outside of the box and approach problems creatively.

want to keep an eye out for some of the following when your children are young. According to The Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity, trouble learning common nursery rhymes, mispronunciation of familiar words and difficulty sounding out words once children start to learn to read are common signs of dyslexia.

u What are common signs of

u How does dyslexia affect those who have it?


If there is a history of reading/spelling difficulties in your family, then you may

One of the issues … is that a lot of kids with dyslexia fall through the cracks because they’re very intellectually capable. They don’t get support because they’re not failing.

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Dyslexia affects approximately 8.5 million school children, according to the Committee on Science, Space and Technology. And although you may think that dyslexia only really affects students in their language arts classes, reading goes well beyond what you do in English. Dyslexia can even affect students in their math classes when faced with word | FEB/MAR 2017


problems, even though that student may excel at math in other circumstances. “One of the issues … is that a lot of kids with dyslexia fall through the cracks because they’re very intellectually capable,” said Kara Dawson, a professor of educational technology at the University of Florida, whose son Drew has dyslexia. “They don’t get support because they’re not failing.”

u Who has dyslexia? Unlike other more obvious conditions, dyslexia is not something you can see. Anyone can have dyslexia, and you wouldn’t necessarily know it unless they told you. Drew Dawson, 13, and Camron Barnett, 11, are both students at P.K. Yonge Developmental Research School and they both have dyslexia.

Real Life Story: Drew

Drew’s mother Kara first noticed that something might be different with Drew’s reading ability when he was in preschool. “It was obvious that he was really, really smart, but struggling a little bit with the reading,” said Kara. But it wasn’t until he was in third grade that he was formally diagnosed and started working with someone on his reading skills. Because Drew does not qualify for school services, he sees someone outside of the classroom to help him with his reading and spelling. Although reading, spelling and writing are all more difficult for Drew than the average student, Drew’s favorite subject in school is still language arts (along with civics), and that has everything to do with his teacher, Dr. Mundorf, who specializes in inclusive teaching. “He has probably the best class I’ve ever seen in terms of accommodating different kinds of students,” said Kara. Having dyslexia doesn’t seem to bother Drew one bit. He still enjoys reading — “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” series and the audio version of the “Harry Potter” series are among his favorites. He also enjoys sports, like basketball, baseball and wakesurfing, and when he grows up, he either wants to be a professional basketball player, a Youtuber (focusing on flips and Parkour) or an engineer — a subject that Drew has had an affinity for since he was just 3 years old.

asked to participate in the panel, and he was excited at the opportunity to share his experiences. “I knew that parents would be there so I felt like there would be a good chance to share with the parents my difficulties with [dyslexia] because my parents didn’t really understand it,” said Byllingston. Speaking about dyslexia is a passion of Byllingston’s and he attends conferences through the Florida Ronald E. McNair program to present his research on the subject. “Dyslexia doesn’t define your intellectual ability,” said Byllingston. “If you get the proper help and have accommodations, you’ll be fine.” Cam and Byllingston connected during the meeting, and the Barnetts decided to invite Byllingston to lunch. “On the drive home, Camron said to me ‘Mom, that’s the first person I’ve met with dyslexia’ and for me that was huge because he was able to identify with someone that was like him,” said Misty. Since then, a friendship has blossomed between the two of them, with Byllingston cheering Cam on at his soccer games and even visiting Cam at school for lunch. “I think for someone to invest their time and give back is huge,” said Misty. “Every kid should have a Byllingston.”

u How does technology help those with dyslexia?

Real Life Story: Camron

Up until just a few months ago, Camron didn’t know anyone with dyslexia, so his mother, Misty Barnett, wanted to find a mentor who could relate to what he had been going through. “I wanted an older student who had been successful and could show Camron [that] even though you’ve got challenges, you can overcome them,” said Misty.

Above: Drew doesn't let dyslexia stop him from pursuing his dreams. Kara found "The Dyslexia Empowerment Plan" an incredibly helpful source on dyslexia.

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After learning that there would be a panel of UF students with dyslexia speaking at an Understanding Dyslexia in Gainesville meeting, Misty decided to take Camron with her so that he could hear about other students’ experiences. That’s how Cam met Byllingston Jean. Byllingston, who discovered that he had dyslexia in his freshman year at UF, was

Both Cam and Drew use Google Read&Write on occasion, a voice to text tool that offers support for students with learning difficulties, dyslexia or ELL/ESL. And at UF Byllingston uses a machine that scans his documents and reads them back. However, despite these resources, students with dyslexia may still run across issues with material that isn’t designed well, like digital textbooks that do not take advantage of the digital medium. Kara’s specialty in the College of Education is researching how to develop technologies that aid students with learning disabilities like dyslexia. “There’s a lot of technology, but [we’re] trying to figure out how to best leverage it in the schools when each student’s needs are different,” said Kara.

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Dyslexia in Gainesville Misty Barnett and Kara Dawson both mentioned helpful they have found Understanding Dyslexia in Gainesville, founded by Blake Beckett. Blake began UDIG three years ago after her own son received a dyslexia diagnosis. “I have been a public school teacher for 20 years now and was shocked at how confusing the entire process was from realizing my son was struggling in school, to seeking out private evaluation because he was not struggling enough to trigger evaluation within the school system, to trying a few expensive interventions that did not help my son at all,” said Blake. After watching “The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia,” Blake realized how beneficial a parent support group for children with dyslexia could be, and so she was inspired to found UDIG.

I think for someone to invest their time and give back is huge. Every kid should have a Byllingston.

UDIG hosts three to four meetings a year with anywhere from two to 25 attendees. The meetings run the gamut from focusing on the types of technologies that can support kids with dyslexia to hosting a panel of UF students with dyslexia to talk about their experiences. (This is the meeting where Cam and Byllingston met!)

Cam and Byllingston met at a UDIG meeting and their friendship has continued to blossom since.

There are many options for helping dyslexic learners from changing displays, to having things read aloud to you. The main framework that Kara works within is the Universal Design for Learning. “It’s basically multiple means of engagement, multiple means of representation and multiple means of action and expression, and if you can work all of those into a classroom environment, you should meet the needs of a lot more students,” said Kara. “It’s not just about the technology, but it is a framework to think about how to make the curriculum accessible to everybody.” ✽

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Screening or any genetic testing is always a personal decision to be made by the mother and her family. However, as 72 percent of women do elect to pursue screening, it is important to know just what you have ahead of you. It is also important that the pediatrics team is aware of abnormalities at the time of delivery to help guide care. Many women are surprised to learn that every pregnancy carries a 3–5 percent risk of having a baby with a birth defect. There is also a separate risk of having a baby with a chromosome problem. Just because you have no family history does not mean you can’t have a baby with a birth defect or genetic disorder. The majority of chromosome

disorders including Down syndrome do not run in families. They are random and can occur in any woman at any age. Even the most detailed fetal ultrasound may not detect Down syndrome or other genetic disorders. Although these risks are small and most women will go on to have healthy babies, according to the Perinatal Quality Foundation 4 percent of babies are born with a genetic condition or congenital anomaly. Undergoing certain prenatal tests may help to determine whether or not your child may be at risk. Although these tests are offered to all pregnant women, remember that choosing to have testing is always your decision. It is always best to consult with your OB provider and choose the option that is best for you.

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ages 0-1 If your baby fusses and does not enjoy tummy time, do not worry. There is so much you can do to help your baby grow accustomed to being tummy-down.

Lie on your tummy.  Your baby will feel more comfortable being on his or her stomach if you are doing the same.


Tantrum-Free Tummy Time! BY TARYN TACHER

Having a baby comes with a laundry list of questions and concerns. Should you breastfeed? What’s the proper way to change a diaper? How often do babies need to be fed? At what age will they reach certain milestones, like rolling over, sitting up, walking and talking? Tummy time is one of those topics that gives rise to even more questions. What is it? When should you start? How often should you do it? Tummy time is exactly what it sounds like. It is the time your baby spends on his or her stomach, as opposed to his or her back. When little ones lie on their stomachs, they must use their head, neck and shoulder muscles to lift their heads up to see what

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Shake rattles and toys. Not only will toys and rattles distract babies from any discomfort they may feel when lying on their stomachs, but they will likely pick their head up to get a better look at whatever it is that you are holding. is going on around them. This promotes the strengthening of those muscles, as well as motor skills like rolling over, crawling, playing and reaching for toys and food. Tummy time helps prevent positional plagiocephaly — flat head — because it limits the amount of time babies spend lying on their backs and the backs of their heads.   “I like to think of tummy time as one of baby’s first exercises, and [it] should be started early in the first week of life,” said Dr. Alexandra Stern of UF Health Pediatrics - Magnolia Parke. When they are awake and alert, let them lie on their stomachs on a hard, flat surface, like the floor. Avoid placing your baby on loose blankets. “Finding the right time is also important, such as after waking from a nap,” said Dr. Stern. You should also be sure to avoid scheduling tummy time when your baby is hungry or immediately after they have eaten. Lying on a full stomach can cause discomfort.    Dr. Stern advised engaging your baby in tummy time two to three times a day for three to five minutes at a time. As he or she grows stronger, you can increase the amount of time he or she spends tummydown. ✽

Sing songs or read stories. Your baby will exercise his or her head, neck and shoulder muscles to lift his or her head at the sound of your voice.

Stand mirrors up on the floor. Your baby will be curious about his or her own reflection. The mirrors serve as a distraction and as a way to coax your baby into lifting his or her head up.

Place baby on your chest or tummy. If your baby is extra fussy, he or she may be calmed by experiencing tummy time on your chest or tummy. Baby will have a great view of your face, and he or she will feel comforted by being close to you.

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Of Our Favorite Children’s CDs BY COLLLEEN MCTIERNAN

There’s no shortage of children’s music, that’s for sure. But sorting out the funfor-my-kid-and-bearable-me music from the stuff that’s sure to get on your nerves is tough. Below are some of our personal favorites along with some bestsellers that are sure to be hits with both you and your kiddos!

1. “The Best of the Laurie Berkner Band” BY LAURIE BERKNER

With silly favorites like “We are the Dinosaurs” and “I Know a Chicken,” this CD is sure to get your kiddo giggling, and you may even catch yourself singing along, too!


This CD not only includes “Baby Beluga” (a personal favorite), but also classics like

“Apples and Bananas,” “He’s Got the Whole World” and “Shake My Sillies Out.”

4. “There’s a Hippo in my Tub” BY ANNE MURRAY

First released in 1977, this album is an oldie, but a goodie. With tried and true favorites like “You are my Sunshine” and a lovely lullaby medley, along with more upbeat tunes like “Teddy Bears’ Picnic” this CD has a little something for everyone.


5. “You Are My Little Bird” BY ELIZABETH MITCHELL

Mellow and sweet, this CD features kidfriendly folk music that is a nice departure from the typical upbeat, repetitive tunes that often characterize children’s music.


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“Here Come the 123s” BY THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS

Your kiddos are sure to enjoy this quirky blend of songs about numbers. Although they are an alternative rock band, They Might Be Giants has released five children’s albums, including “Here Come the ABCs” and “Here Comes Science” that are good options as well!

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What kid doesn’t like “Sesame Street”? And let’s be honest with ourselves, you don’t have to be a kid to love Elmo and the whole gang! These classic “Sesame Street” tunes include “C Is For Cookie” and the bath time favorite “Rubber Duckie.”

7. “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse” FROM DISNEY JUNIOR

A combination of music by They Might Be Giants and Mickey Mouse and pals makes this CD a fun one for both kids and parents. I’d be lying if I didn’t say that I love the “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Theme,” despite being well past the appropriate age.

For fans of reggae music, this CD is a must. With a focus on family, these fun, upbeat tunes feature other popular children’s artists like Laurie Berkner, Jack Johnson and Elizabeth Mitchell.

9. “Philadelphia Chickens: A Too-Illogical Zoological Revue” BY SANDRA BOYNTON

This jazzy kid’s album features a starstudded cast of singers. From Meryl Streep singing “Nobody Understands Me” to the Bacon Brothers’ swinging “Philadelphia Chickens” this clever and humorous album is a great addition to your kiddo’s stash of CDs.

10. “Sing-A-Longs & Lullabies for the Film Curious George” BY JACK JOHNSON AND FRIENDS

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Conquering Daytime Wetting BY TARYN TACHER

Becoming potty trained is a milestone for toddlers. It is a giant step away from dependency and a leap toward self-sufficiency. Potty training is a rite of passage that shouts to the world, “this kid is growing up!” So, why, after young children have seemingly mastered going to the bathroom on their own, do they still wet their pants from time to time? It usually takes about three months to potty train a child. Girls often take to potty training faster than boys do, but as with any new skill, each child has his or her own path to success. “Children are considered fully pottytrained when they are able to verbalize that they need to go to the bathroom prior to going and are able to use the toilet with little or no help from a grown up. This includes pulling down their pants, climbing onto the potty and wiping their bottoms,” said Dr. Kathryn Wheeler, a UF Health pediatrician. “Every child potty trains on a different schedule, but many children are ready to start by the age of 2 to 2 ½ years and have achieved fully potty trained status by 2 ½ to 3 ½ years of age.”


Children are considered fully potty-trained when they are able to verbalizethat they need to go to the bathroom prior to going and are able to use the toilet with little or no help from a grown up.

- Dr. Katheryn Wheeler

But even after your child has been fully potty trained, accidental wetting can happen. If your child is wetting his or her pants during the day, it is important to figure out the cause. It may simply be a developmental stage that he or she will grow out of, or it may be an issue that needs medical attention.

Some are stressed, frustrated or facing other emotional obstacles. According to Dr. Wheeler, stressful events such as moving, a change in routine, the birth of a sibling or other family changes can cause a regression. These types of events make it difficult for their brains to focus on other tasks — like going to the bathroom when they need to.

Daytime wetting as part of normal development occurs when children are so distracted by playing, eating or other activities that they forget to use the bathroom. These children tend not to empty their bladders completely when they go, and they often skip out on going to the bathroom first thing in the morning. Other children with developmental daytime wetting try to hold their urine for too long. They cross their legs, squirm and hold their thighs together to try to fight the urge.

If your child is peeing more than usual, experiencing pain while urinating or releasing clouded or pink urine, he or she may have a bladder or kidney infection. If your child is leaking while urinating or has a weak stream, he or she may have a defective urinary tract. Diabetes or gastrointestinal problems like constipation can put pressure on the bladder, making it more difficult for your child stay in control. | FEB/MAR 2017

You can help your child by seeking medical attention to determine the root of his or her daytime wetting problem. Remember to remain even-tempered and to comfort them if they are noticeably upset. Talk to them about what they are feeling — emotionally and physically. ✽



ages 6-9 tend to have an older bone age than they should. Their bones mature rapidly and stop growing earlier, causing them to actually be shorter than average as adults The pediatric endocrinologists evaluate all test results to determine what is causing the pubertal changes and what treatment(s) An estimated one to pursue based on in 5,000 children have precocious the child's specific puberty. diagnosis and age. Treatment can include monthly injections of medication to delay further development until the child reaches a normal age for puberty.

Growing Up Too Soon: What is Precocious Puberty? BY APRIL TISHER

As parents, it always seems like our children are growing up too fast — faster than we did for sure! And sometimes they really are. What if your child is actually entering puberty before he or she should? How early is too early, even by today’s standards, for their bodies to start changing? Puberty in itself includes rapid growth of bones and muscles, changes in body shape and size, and development of the body's ability to reproduce. The Mayo Clinic defines precocious puberty as the process by which “a child's body begins changing into that of an adult (puberty) too soon.” What age is “too soon”? We normally think of children entering puberty during middle school, although some begin toward the end of their elementary school years and some don’t start until they are in high school; both are still considered “normal.” It is when puberty starts to happen before then that you should be concerned. Puberty that begins before age 8 in girls and before age 9 in boys is considered precocious puberty. “True precocious puberty is pretty rare and is estimated at about one in 5,000

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children. It is about 10 times more common in girls than in boys. In my practice, I see no more than 1–2 cases per year,” said Dr. Mary Grooms of Gainesville Pediatrics. Dr. Grooms said that statistics indicate that precocious puberty diagnoses are on the rise, and there is evidence that girls adopted from developing countries may be at particular risk. Any pubertal development in boys under age 9, in Caucasian girls under age 7, or in African American girls under age 6 is considered abnormal and warrants further evaluation by the child's pediatrician. Once a child is determined to be at risk for a diagnosis of precocious puberty, they are typically referred for a pediatric endocrinology consult, lab work and a special X-ray called a "bone age" X-ray to determine skeletal age relative to chronologic age. According to the Mayo Clinic, children with precocious puberty

Some of the signs and symptoms that accompany early or precocious puberty can include breast growth and first period (menarche) in girls, and enlarged testicles and penis, facial hair (usually grows first on the upper lip) and a deepening voice in boys. Both can experience pubic or underarm hair, rapid growth, acne and adult body odor. Extreme selfconsciousness, especially in girls, as well as negative self body images are a concern as well. Precocious puberty can negatively affect self-esteem and increase the risk of depression and even substance abuse. Some less concerning variants of accelerated pubertal development that Dr. Grooms tends to see more often than true precocious puberty include premature thelarche (isolated premature breast development due to intermittent estrogen secretion by ovarian cysts) and premature adrenarche (isolated premature development of pubic hair that is sometimes benign but can also sometimes be the first sign of true precocious puberty). “Oftentimes, even if we suspect that a benign process is at play, we will still recommend screening lab work and a bone age X-ray just to be sure that all is well with the child's development,” she said. “Whenever in any doubt regarding any aspect of a child's development, I recommend a visit to the pediatrician to discuss any concerns,” said Dr. Grooms. ✽ | FEB/MAR 2017




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What is With the Attitude? BY OLIVIA K PITKETHLY, MA, LMHC

Rolling eyes. Slamming doors. Deep sighs. Welcome to the tween years. Kids at this age are not little children anymore, but they aren’t quite teenagers either. Nevertheless, they are going through a stage of development where they are building self-confidence and running the risk of failure at the same time. They are finding new interests, developing their identities and recognizing challenges every day.

“While every child has their own temperament, with the onset of puberty comes hormonal changes that may contribute to a roller coaster of emotions some tweens experience,” said Allison McAlhany, ARNP, with Healthy Steps Pediatrics. “Estrogen, progesterone and testosterone levels change as tweens develop, and each tween will handle these changes differently.”

Naturally, with every stage comes a period of change and adjustment. Kathy Richards* is a mom of a 12-year-old boy and a 15-year-old girl. She has seen a full range of attitude in the past few years from both her kids and recognizes that it is a normal stage of development. “They’re going through extreme changes on all levels, and it’s uncomfortable for them,” said Richards. “I think it’s a release of the tension they are feeling, but it’s also their way of fitting in with their peers. Mom and Dad aren’t cool anymore. They are finding their own voice, having their own thoughts separate from me and my husband.” The brain does not fully develop until a person is in their early 20s, so even though your child might be looking and acting more “adult-like,” his brain is still going to need more time to mature. The frontal lobe, which is responsible for decisionmaking, empathy and impulse control, will be the last part of the brain to fully develop. So, if your tween is quick to rebel by talking back or engaging in risky behaviors, it’s because his brain is still growing. Other areas of a child’s body are growing, too. Enter puberty and the wealth of hormones that comes with it.

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In addition to brain growth, your tween is learning how to adjust in this world, socially and emotionally. She is beginning to figure out who she is and will often assert her independence in defiant ways, such as talking back or breaking the rules. As the parent, you are adjusting too, and it can be frustrating and exasperating. In my counseling practice, I validate the parents’ emotions and also teach them to see it from their child’s point of view. Growing up is tough. “I try to respond, not react, and to address the behavior, not the attitude,” said Richards. “I use a lot of empathy, which seems to dissipate the tension they are feeling, but sometimes it’s just better to ignore the attitude or just respond with humor, which sometimes works best.” However, parents should recognize the difference between a typical tween attitude and blatant disrespect. Richards addresses it immediately in her own house and sets a boundary with her kids. She also sees that when her son challenges her, it’s a healthy and safe way for him to enter that transition from childhood to adulthood.

I try to respond, not react, and to address the behavior, not the attitude,” said Richards. “I use a lot of empathy, which seems to dissipate the tension they are feeling, but sometimes it’s just better to ignore the attitude or just respond with humor, which sometimes works best.

Using empathy with your tween is an effective tool. Tweens are entering an anxious world. They are beginning to have real fears (violence and wars) versus previous fantasy fears (monsters and witches). They want to “belong” in a group and acceptance is just as terrifying as rejection. They are being targeted by marketing gurus who want to sell them the latest gadget, brand or “look.” Add in a few hormones and the best friend is now an object of affection. Considering all of the changes occurring for your tween will help you understand her perspective and hopefully calm your own frustration level. ✽ *Name changed to protect privacy | FEB/MAR 2017



teens Is My Child Abusing His ADHD Medication?

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More children and teens are being prescribed stimulants, such as Adderall and Ritalin, to improve focus and enhance academic progress. Unfortunately, with the rise in prescriptions comes also the rise in abuse. According to the American Association of Poison Control’s National Poison Data System, phone calls regarding misuse of ADHD medications rose 76 percent between 1998 and 2005. This rate is faster than any other substance abuse among teens or adults. Michael Shapiro MD is an assistant professor of psychiatry and director of the UF Health Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Clinic. He co-authored a study regarding the abuse of stimulants, which indicated that most teens misuse their medications for academic reasons, such as enhancing their ability to effectively study for an exam or to stay awake for social reasons. Though the child may feel more alert and confident in their academic performance, double blind scientific studies revealed stimulants have no effect on a non-ADHD child’s performance. Typically, kids cannot get “high” from taking the medication unless they snort it, crush it or use it intravenously. Abusing the medications this way can cause euphoria and an exaggerated self-confidence. Additionally, stimulant abusers are more likely to report cigarette smoking, binge drinking and cocaine use. Even if your child is not prescribed medications, he may still be at risk. Thirtysix percent of individuals share their medications with others, which is illegal. The majority of ADHD medications,

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including Adderall, are considered Class II schedule drugs under the Controlled Substances Act. Other substances in this class include cocaine, opium, morphine and methadone. Possessing a controlled substance, such as Adderall, that is not prescribed to you is a third degree felony, punishable by up to five years in prison. In addition to being against the law, these behaviors could indicate a more serious substance abuse problem. Parents can look out for warning signs that their child is abusing ADHD medications. “Side effects of stimulants can include increased irritability, increased anxiety, difficulty sleeping and decreased appetite or weight loss,” said Shapiro. “Those can be normal side effects, but if they seem really high or out of the norm, that could be a clue.”

with such as peer pressure, academic performance or adjusting to a new school or curriculum. Let him know the legal and personal consequences of his behavior and offer to get him some help if he feels it’s beyond his control. Seek guidance from your primary care doctor or a psychiatrist who can provide a full psychological evaluation. For more information, visit, the national resource on ADHD. ✽

! Tips to Monitor Your Child's Medications

Other red flags to look for are dilated pupils, increased anxiety or lack of sleep.

Keep your medications locked up and away from the children

If you suspect that your child is abusing medications, discuss it with him directly. Start off a conversation with, “I’ve been noticing these behaviors in you and it seems out of the norm.” Be open to listen to him and find out what he is struggling

Have the adult dispense the medication every day

Count the pills in the bottle on a regular basis

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