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contents Vol. 4 issue 4 FEATURE 8 |

Simple Ways to Enjoy More Family Time

in every issue DENTISTRY Assure A Smile Holistic Dentistry


Pratical Tips to Combat Cold and Flu

TRADITIONS The Greatest Valentine’s Gift


When Fun Fulfills a Purpose Youth Programs Encourage Leadership, Future Goals


Empowering Youth to Achieve Excellence


5 Lessons for Everyday Athletes from a U.S Olympian


Ready, Set, Enroll! Learn About High-Quality Early Childhood Education Programs at M-DCPS

EDUCATION M-DCPS Teacher Of The Year SNACKS Flower Salad PLACES Family Fun At Fun And Fit As A Family COOL STUFF Spring Essentials BOOK REVIEWS Suggestions For Your Kids To Read This Month MOVIE REVIEWS What Is New In Theaters

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33 FAMILY EVENTS Where To Go With Our Kiddos NEWS Makng Nutrition And Wellness A Priority in 2017


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Kiddos Publisher’s Notes


Winds of love!


Love is in the air! Family Time! So fun! What a better way to celebrate the month of love than spending time and bonding with the ones we love, our main article Simple Ways to Enjoy Family Time reminds us of the many benefits that family time offers every family member, the improvements that can be made in different areas are immeasurable. Let’s build strong relationships and happy hearts! This issue also includes a wonderful article about The Greatest Valentine’s Gift You Can Give and Receive! I want to thank Camille Lucy for sharing with our readers the treasured significance of love! You are beautiful inside and out! Flower Salad! Healthy snacks for our Kiddos! Connect kids with food for healthy habits; and teach them where their food comes from. Are you looking for a high-quality preschool program for your child? M-DCPS Early Childhood Programs are committed to providing comprehensive services to prepare young children for life-long learning. Find out more about program options, enrollment dates, and how to apply. Enjoy these upcoming months and all of the excitement it brings our city.

Happy Spring!

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Simple Ways to Enjoy More Family Time


ith work, school, homework, after school activities, friends and more, there are countless activities that compete for time on the family calendar. Family time, however, can serve as an escape from the demands and deadlines of daily life, and is paramount in building strong relationships. Family time offers many benefits, including building confidence, creating a stronger emotional bond between family members, improving communication skills, better performance in school and reduced behavioral issues, as well as providing an opportunity to make memories built on fun, laughter and togetherness. Family Bonding Spending time partaking in everyday family leisure activities has been associated with greater emotional


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bonding within families. Both “core” leisure activities, such as playing a board game, watching television, gardening or playing outdoors and “balance” activities, which require a greater investment of planning, time and money, such as a family vacation or trip to an amusement park or sporting event, can have a big impact on the overall health of a family, according to research published by the National Council on Family Relations. Simply making it a habit to display interest in the well-being of your family members

can lead to a willingness to share problems and build mutual respect between parents and children. Academic Performance Children whose parents spend time with them and take an interest in their education tend to do better in school and complete higher levels of education than those whose parents spent their time at home pursuing their own hobbies, according to a study published on familyfacts. org. Providing essential guidance through studying and assisting with

“Reminiscing about special family moments is an essential part of keeping those memories alive.”

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homework, as well as incorporating educational games, can provide children a positive influence, lead to emotional well-being and help them strive for higher levels of educational success as they grow. Communication Skills Children learn how to behave and communicate by watching their parents interact with each other and others. Family bonding time is a way to model expected behaviors, and spending time together as a family can help parents relate more to their children and open the lines of communication. Spending a few minutes together once everyone is home for the day, whether for dinner or a scheduled family “meeting,” can help families learn to listen to, trust and understand one another, and build appropriate behaviors. Risky Behavior On average, adolescents who communicate and spend more time with their families tend to exhibit lower levels of aggression and antisocial behavior than peers with less involved parents, according to familyfacts.org. A closer family relationship has also been linked to reductions in acts of violence, delinquent behavior, substance abuse and tobacco use. Communication and spending time together can help relieve feelings of anxiety or anger and reduce urges to participate in risky behaviors.

Making Memories One of the most important benefits of spending time together is also one of the simplest: creating memories that will last a lifetime. Whether it’s playing a game together, attending an event, going on vacation or just sitting in the living room or around the table talking and laughing, positive memories are beloved possessions that give family members a sense of belonging and can help reinforce the importance of family. Simple Ways to Enjoy More Family Time Skillfully balancing an entire family’s demands from school, sports, activities and careers leaves little down time, but keeping family values front and center may be easier than you think when you make a commitment to carving out meaningful moments to share. Unplug from the digital world. Today’s technology-ridden world makes it easy for families to be present but not engaged. When you create a technology-free zone, you eliminate distractions so you can keep the focus on each other. Dedicate time every week to spend as a family without the use of TV, tablets, computers and phones. Bond and bake together. There’s a little baker in everyone. After all, who can help but “woo-hoo” when you pull fresh cupcakes out of the oven? Take a little time to embrace your

inner Doughboy, turn your kitchen into a fun zone and savor all the moments with your family. Pillsbury™ perfect mixes to challenge your family to enjoy a kitchen full of laughter, anticipation and the delightful aroma of baked goods fresh from the oven. Share family stories. Reminiscing about special family moments is an essential part of keeping those memories alive. Showcasing old photo albums is a great way to share fun and nostalgic memories, which can help bring your family closer together. Whether it was a trip to the mountains or visiting a nearby museum, discussing and reliving these memorable moments can evoke fond memories and a willingness to create new ones. Set a day each week for family night. It’s easy to get caught up in a busy schedule, which is why consciously setting aside family time is essential. Once it’s set, you may be tempted to turn the open night at home into an invitation to catch up on housework or even just relax. Avoid the temptation and instead look for fun ways to spend that time as a family. Start a puzzle or play a board game. Initiate a DIY project for the house, spend time baking or cooking a meal, or simply sit together and talk about what’s happening in the lives of those who matter most. k

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Practical Tips to Combat Cold and Flu SOURCE: Vicks Humidifiers


hen cold and flu season strikes, millions of Americans find themselves coughing, sneezing, congested, aching, uncomfortable – and sometimes, downright miserable. The widespread prevalence of these symptoms sweeps the country each year and affects people of all ages. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Americans suffer from one billion colds annually. While adults catch an average of two to three colds per year, children suffer even more, especially during cold season. “The cold and flu are both highly contagious viral infections,” said Dr. Keri Peterson, a Manhattan-based physician. “While they spread easily, there are some easy measures that families can take to protect themselves from getting infected, and even while they are sick, to prevent prolonged illness and recover more quickly.” To protect you and your family, and to prevent the spread of illness, Peterson offers these tips for navigating cold and flu season:

• Wash your hands with soap and water regularly, especially after


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touching dirty surfaces like doorknobs and keyboards Thorough washing should take as long as singing “Happy Birthday” twice.

• Don’t touch your eyes, nose or mouth. These are direct entry points for germs. Most adults touch their face about 16 times a day, and children even more often, increasing the spread of germs.

• Germs live on surfaces and spread to humans through skin contact, so anything that you touch frequently can be a threat. Use disinfectant wipes to wipe down your workspace daily, as well as your telephone, mouse and keyboard. Make sure you regularly disinfect doorknobs and shared electronics like TV remotes. Also, wash your children’s toys after playtime.

• Studies indicate flu viruses thrive best in cold and dry places, making winter air an ideal breeding ground. Use a humidifier to keep humidity levels in your home between 40 and 60 percent to reduce viruses’ chances at survival. Humidifiers can also

help relieve cold and flu symptoms and discomfort. An option such as the Vicks Filter-Free Cool Mist Humidifier is a convenient way to meet the American Academy of Pediatricians’ recommendation to use a cool mist humidifier throughout the winter months to help relieve congestion and cough in children. For adults and children ages 2 and older, Vicks VapoSteam paired with a warm mist humidifier or vaporizer releases a medicated steam with cough suppressant to help relieve coughs and colds.

• Everyone 6 months of age and older should get a flu vaccine every year. Flu vaccination should take place soon after the vaccine becomes available to the public, preferably in October.

• Watch your symptoms. Cold symptoms come on gradually and progress over time, typically starting with a sore throat, then a runny nose and eventually a cough. On the other hand, the flu hits fast and furious with the sudden onset of fever, aches, fatigue, cough and headache.

• Fever can sometimes occur with a cold and is usually mild; with the flu it is common and higher, ranging from 100-102 F. Taking your temperature with a thermometer such as the Braun ThermoScan, the No. 1 brand among pediatricians and moms, is a good way to help determine which type of virus you have. k

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Holistic Dentistry


hat is Holistic Healthcare? Holistic Healthcare is a system of health care that involves analyzing the system as a whole and not just piece by piece. In Holistic dentistry, we look at the body as one entire system. We treat the teeth and gums as one system. We also look at the teeth and gums as a representation of overall body health. For example, bad gums can be related to heart problems, while teeth problems can lead to or be caused by kidney problems. Assure a Smile believes that your teeth will enjoy a much healthier lifestyle through proper nutrition, diet, and safe care. Since our diagnoses are all based on holistic theory, we can discover many different body ailments through examining the teeth and gums. This is a preventative approach that lessens the likelihood of developing both gum disease and tooth decay. What is the key to have Perfect Teeth & Healthy Gums for Life? There are 5 keys to creating a perfect, beautiful smile that will last a lifetime. Our friendly team of hygienists, licensed dentists, and certified nutritionists helps patients realize a brilliant new smile by addressing each of the following: 1. Straight Teeth Straight teeth are the essence of a beautiful smile. We are pleased to offer children and adults leading orthodontic treatments for straighter teeth. 2. Bright Smile A beautiful smile is bright and engaging. At Assure A Smile, we understand that teeth whitening procedures are a vital component of creating movie-star smiles.

We are committed to offering the newest and most effective teeth whitening products, and we invite our guests to learn about ZOOM! teeth whitening. Fast and highly effective, ZOOM! can whiten teeth up to 8 shades in just 2 hours! 3. Healthy Gums Healthy gums build the foundation for healthy smiles. Additionally, healthy gums protect the body from incoming bacteria and can prevent the development of other serious disease. In fact, the American Academy of Periodontology has issued a warning to Americans: Gum disease can significantly increase the risk of heart disease and stroke. We believe that if you want a perfect smile, you have to care for the gums and surrounding oral tissues. 4. Jaw Alignment Proper jaw alignment is needed to keep teeth straight. As a holistic dentistry practice, Assure A Smile evaluates, diagnosis, and treats total patient health. This includes issues of jaw alignment and TMJ, which are challenges that are typically overlooked by traditional dental offices. When left untreated, alignment issues may cause long-term pain, discomfort, and shifting teeth.

5. Holistic Care Holistic care keeps your smile beautiful between checkups! At Assure A Smile, we specialize in providing comprehensive cleanings and holistic health consultation that helps patients:

• Eat well • Keep the teeth and gums clean • Avoid harmful agents, like fluoride, GMOs, and other toxins

• Make lifestyle choices that improve both oral health and total body Wellness.

For over 28 years, Assure A Smile has been the leading dental care provider to all of South Florida. Our holistic dentistry is led by Dr. Ted Herrmann and based in Miami, Florida. Assure A Smile’s mission is to ensure healthy teeth and gums for life! Assure A Smile is located at 9220 SW 72nd Street, Suite 205 Miami, FL 33173. For more information call 305.274.0047 or visit assureasmile.com

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The Greatest Valentine’s Gift You Can Give and Receive! Written by: Camille Lucy


here is no greater gift than the giving of true, unconditional love. Love is a ruling theme in all of our lives, and especially within families. We all want to share love with each other; to receive love, to feel loved, to give love. It’s a driving force in all that we say and do. This Valentine’s Day, give your family the most precious gift of all; true, unconditional love. Here are the top 5 ways to truly show and express your love for your family (and very importantly, yourself!): Accept the whole. To love someone is to accept them fully for who they are, imperfections and all. Love does not seek to change. Love celebrates the other person for who they are as a whole. Learning to accept one other, embracing everyone’s quirks and not “sweating the small stuff,” can greatly help all of you to open your hearts, appreciating and understanding one another (and yourselves) in a new way. Support and nurture. Part of loving someone is being supportive, encouraging them to be the best version of themselves; to be what they want to be, not what we want them to be or think they should be. Love cradles, nurtures and fosters growth and development. Love honors the other person and always strives to serve, protect, nurture and build. Give your family the support they need to reach their fullest potential.

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Learn the language of Love. Love is about giving. Love can be described as receiving a gift. You cherish it,

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honor it, and appreciate its beauty. That gift is the other person; your partner, your children and your animals. Love speaks softly and gently. Speak from your heart and use kind words to explain your real feelings and desires. This teaches your children to communicate effectively and handle their emotions in a healthy way and fosters respect for one another while deepening your bond. Know when loving means standing up for yourself. There are situations that arise where standing up for yourself, your beliefs and what you need, is the most loving thing you can do. By sticking to your position, you embody confidence and a sense of authenticity to your children. And by being clear and consistent in words and actions, your family builds trust, safety and dependability on one another. True love begins at home. You need to nurture yourself, feed your body and soul, and feel good in order to have the space to love and take care of your family. If you begin to break down, you can not offer them anything. Accept yourself for all parts of you, support and nurture yourself (be your own cheerleader!), speak and act gently to yourself, and learn to let go of people, places or things that are draining you! Teach your children to utilize these 5 principles and you will set them up for a life of abundance and beauty and everyday miracles. Most importantly, they will always know the true meaning of unconditional love and be able to recognize, receive and give it plentifully. k

Camille Lucy is a Certified Holistic Health Coach, Certified Reiki & Raindrop Technique Practitioner, Ordained Holistic Minister, graphic and web designer, business consultant, and Vice President of a local non-profit that “rehabilitates people through animals.” She is also a writer, a Mother of 3 girls, an artist, a Lifeand-Love Junkie, a Self-Expression and Development advocate, and - well, you get the point. She’s a lot of things, just like all of us. Camille is also author of, “The (Real) Love Experiment: Explore Love, Relationships & The Self.” Learn more about her and her adventure(s) at www.CamilleLucy.com.

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Rudy Diaz Named M-DCPS Teacher Of The Year, Dontricia Jones Is Rookie Teacher


udy Diaz, a TV Production teacher at South Miami Senior High, was named the 2018 Francisco R. Walker Miami-Dade County Teacher of the Year in a ceremony at the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel Miami Airport & Convention Center tonight. Four finalists vied for the coveted title this year, which included one nominee from each of the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s three regions, and one from Alternative/ Adult Education.

Left-right - The 2017 Rookie Teacher of the Year Dontricia Jones, Miami-Dade Schools Superintendent Alberto M. Carvalho, and the 2018 Francisco R. Walker Teacher of the Year Rudy Diaz

During his 30-year teaching tenure, Diaz transformed the lives of many students in his school, whether they were in his program or not. He has helped students across disciplines with college portfolios, athletic videos and other special projects. His unique

instruction style has made possible the professions of hundreds of young individuals. Diazâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s students know from a very young age that their future may include careers as producers, writers, editors, cameramen, anchors and reporters. Diazâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s motto is â&#x20AC;&#x153;To inspire beyond the subject matter.â&#x20AC;? Diaz did not start out as a teacher, but after years working in the private sector, he decided that his true vocation was in teaching others. The runner-up was Laura Ortiz from Robert Morgan Educational Center. Also recognized at the event were top rookie teachers. Dontricia Jones, a teacher at Norland Elementary, was named Rookie Teacher of the Year. Davalyn Suarez, a teacher at Miami Senior High was the Rookie Teacher of the Year runner-up. k

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When Fun Fulfills a Purpose Youth programs encourage leadership, future goals SOURCE: Boy Scouts of America


arents know there is a small window of time to make a meaningful, positive impact on children and shape who they may become as adults. A large portion of that influence comes at home, but it often also involves school, friends and extracurricular activities, many of which can help families make the most out of childhood experiences. In fact, an increasing number of families are introducing youth to enrichment programs before kids begin their formal education. A survey by Forrester found that millennial parents are more likely to engage their children in activities at a younger age. They want to introduce their children to a diverse set of experiences, allowing children to discover their talents and skills. Balancing this heightened level of engagement with the demands of hectic family schedules means parents are increasingly challenged to select the most meaningful

activities for their children. While most extracurricular activities help children socialize and learn new skills, some go further in areas like character building, good citizenship and exploring future goals. Often, the most effective programs work to deliver those outcomes without focusing on them, subtly teaching skills through activities young people consider fun. Consider Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts, which most associates with camping and outdoor adventures. While boys spend time transforming a block of wood into a racecar and learning how to shoot an arrow, the underlying program helps create a strong foundation of leadership, service and community. A study conducted by Tufts University of kids’ ages 6-12 found that youth who participate in scouting exhibit strong moral values and positive character attributes, allowing them to embrace new

opportunities, overcome obstacles and become better prepared for future success. “Scouting offers youth and their families life-changing experiences they can’t get anywhere else – from outdoor adventure to building robots, youth learn the value of hard work and experience the thrill of it paying off,” said Michael Surbaugh, Chief Scout Executive for Boy Scouts of America. “With new programs designed specifically to expand their potential and explore their personal interests, Boy Scouts of America isn’t just an after-school activity. We are helping pave pathways to bright futures.” According to Surbaugh, scouting programs are focused on providing experiences that youth and their parent’s want. From astronomy and other STEM-based skills for future professionals to outdoor adventure, such as camping and paddle boarding, scouting can give direction to the curiosity youth have for life.

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Encouraging new experiences In an effort to further expand unique experiences for youth, Boy Scouts of America has introduced several innovative programs that bring exciting opportunities to youth and families.


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Lion: Rooted in understanding the impact and importance of involving kids in scouting at an early age, the Lion pilot program, currently available in 201 councils across the country, combines concepts of character development, leadership skills, personal fitness and citizenship with age-appropriate, fun activities for kindergarten-age boys and their parents.

Exploring: The expanded Exploring program offers youth and young adults, ages 14-20, realworld career experiences that help young men and women build confidence and discover fields where they may find their passion and excel in a future career, such as law enforcement, firefighting, aviation, engineering, medicine and others. Research has shown that involving kids in scouting at a young age builds character and better prepares them for future success. k

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STEM Scouts: Jobs in STEM-related fields are expected to grow 17 percent by 2018, and salaries in those fields are on average 26 percent higher than salaries for other disciplines. The program, currently piloted in 20 councils, helps youth prepare for the future by conducting experiments and learning about lesser-known innovators to demonstrate to youth that people with similar backgrounds to their own can become accomplished STEM professionals.

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Empowering Youth to Achieve Excellence SOURCE: Curtanna™ Skills For Life

Curtanna™ allows you to safely implement a fun and innovative approach to youth sports and fitness programs, by combining fencing with critical life skills. urtanna™ is the only technology-based educational program inspired by the Olympic sport of fencing. The fun & safe program, developed by Olympian James Beevers, combines fencing with critical life skills. James is a 3rd generation fencer that followed the success of his father, mother and grandfather, who all fenced at international & Olympic level. There are many benefits for your children when they participate in the Curtanna program including:


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IMPROVES FOCUS: The exercises develop children’s hand-eye coordination and concentration skills. DEVELOPS DEEP THINKING: The sport

of fencing requires strategic thinking and problem-solving skills that are valuable for life. BUILDS SELF-CONFIDENCE: Through

regular class participation, children become more self assured. WHY FENCING?

Curtanna’s programs, like fencing, provide a unique mix of physical, mental and social stimulation. Fencing

is often referred to as the chess of sports—you need a sharp mind to anticipate your opponent’s actions while planning your next move. Curtanna’s programs incorporate these aspects of fencing in a fun, safe and educational environment. Boys & girls at every level of experience can participate. Children train together giving them the opportunity to engage with diverse groups of individuals. Fencing has been known to give an advantage when applying to higher education. Having fencing listed as an interest on a child’s college application can dramatically

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increase their chance of being accepted into the institution they will apply to in the future.

their chance of being accepted into the institution they will apply to in the future.


Give your child the best chance at succeeding in life. It all starts with recommending a school or community center. Once the organization signs up for Curtanna™ you’ll be able to register your child for the program. Your child will participate in highly interactive classes with other boys and girls that address many key life skills including:


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Flower Salad

Connect Kids with Food for Healthy Habits More than nine in 10 millennial moms think it’s important for their kids to learn about where their food comes from, and more than three-quarters of those moms actively do things with their kids to help learn just that, according to recent findings. Making learning about food fun is good for the whole family, It encourages kids – and parents – to explore new foods and be more connected to where their food comes from. Grocery shop together or go to a farmers market, cook with your kids, and explore the story of where some of their favorite foods come from. It’s truly a ‘healthy’ conversation to have together. Flower Salad Servings: 1


• 1 Cuties clementine • 9-10 thinly sliced strips red bell pepper, cut in 1-inch pieces

• 1/2 grape tomato • 1 celery stick, cut to 3 inches • 2 small leaves romaine lettuce • 1 piece English cucumber, unpeeled, seeded and cut to 1 1/2 inches then thinly sliced


• 2 tablespoons plain Greek yogurt • 1/2 teaspoon honey • 1/4 teaspoon fresh lemon juice – Peel clementine and separate sections almost all the way, leaving attached at the base. Place on plate with base down. Place piece of red bell pepper between each citrus section, and half tomato in center to form flower. – Place celery and lettuce leaves underneath as stem and leaves. Arrange cucumber slices below to represent grass. – In small bowl, stir together yogurt, honey and lemon juice. Serve dip in dish alongside flower, or in a mound underneath cucumber slices. k

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The Complete Guide to Buying Your Child’s First Mobile Device


ccording to ConsumerReports.org nearly six out of ten children in the United States from age eight to twelve have cell phone. The age you purchase a phone for your child’s maturity and ability to handle ownership responsibly. With a little time and effort, you can put into place safety measures to help protect your children. How to Begin the “Rules Conversation” Talk about the Rules First Taking steps to ensure your child’s safety is part of being an educated and engaged parent in today’s digital world. It’s important to have a conversation with your child, discussing the proper practice of their mobile devices, along with teaching them how to stay safe. Having a meaningful discussion can help cement that you want to respect and trust them in providing a device. Set Up a Technology Contract An actual contract between parent and child should provide guidance


when conflicts arise, and ensures that the whole family is on the same page. It’s important to ensure your child understands the consequences of breaking the rules you’ve put into place. Discuss How to be Technologically Responsible Whether you’re a child or an adult, owning a cell phone comes with its own set of rules and precautionary measures that must be taken seriously. Explain to your child that while the internet holds wonderful things to explore, it also comes with certain risks. EnoughIsEnough.org says that about eighteen percent of teens actually met up with a stranger in person. There are other risks to consider, such as cyberbullying and sexting. Basic Ground Rules for Your Child and Their Cell Phone Depending on your child’s age or your family dynamic, you need to decide if

you are going to have a rule around knowing logins and passwords to your child’s accounts. It’s also good to review which apps are not allowed to be downloaded to their device. As part of general security for your child you may want to use the monitoring services of Bark an online software alerts parents to potential issues like cyberbullying, sexting, drug use, and even depression and suicidal thoughts. k

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n search of a budget-friendly way for the whole family to savor Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival? Make a beeline to Jungle Island for the attraction’s 10th annual Fun and Fit as a Family, featuring Goya Foods Kidz Kitchen from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on February 25 & 26, 2017. This two-day family affair boasts an affordable $20 per person (in advance, plus tax and service fee) ticket price and brings together favorite celebrity chefs and culinary personalities all under one ‘jungle roof,’ including firsttime participants Ray & Shannon Allen, as well as return guests Duff Goldman, Robert Irvine, Eddie Jackson, Rev Run & Justine Simmons,

At Fun and Fit as a Family, Food Network and Cooking Channel culinary personalities show families just how easy it is to prepare meals that are delicious, nutritious and even sometimes unusual –like dishes made with bugs – during four interactive demonstrations held each day at the Goya Foods Kidz Kitchen in the Serpentarium.

“For ten years, Jungle Island, in partnership with the Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival, has made a strong commitment to inspire families to get excited about their health in a fun way. The energy and spirit that goes into this extraordinary event are what makes it a memorable occasion for everyone who attends,” says Christopher Gould, Jungle Island’s managing director. k Fun and Fit as a Family is made possible through the generosity and support of numerous sponsors including Badia Spices, Baptist Health South Florida, Books & Books, Chef Works, Cooking Channel, Food Network, Goya Foods, Jungle Island, KitchenAid, Lifeway®, McDonald’s, Metro Signs, Miami-Dade County, Panda Kitchen and Bath, and U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit sobefest.com/funandfit.

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Equal parts educational and entertaining, this book follows a stuffed bear by the name of Mr. Biddle as he introduces us to some of the most incredible and dangerous animals on the planet. Available at Amazon, Barnes & Nobel, and Google Books

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5 Lessons for Everyday Athletes from a U.S. Olympian SOURCE: Milk Processor Education Program

Becoming a U.S. Olympic athlete requires an extraordinary combination of talent and perseverance, but there are lessons to be learned from these competitors that can help propel everyday athletes to reach the top of their game.


mong the 2016 Team USA roster, there were countless stories of triumph such as that of U.S. Olympic gymnast Danell Leyva, who was named an alternate for Team USA before stepping in for an injured teammate. Leyva ultimately competed and went on to bring home two silver medals in the parallel bars and horizontal bar individual events during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Leyva knows what it takes to build a champion: a lifetime of determination


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and training, countless competitions and years of fueling his body with the right foods and beverages, like milk, which is packed with nine essential nutrients, including 8 grams of natural protein in each 8-ounce serving. Even if your own athletic aspirations keep you closer to home, adopting the right mindset will help propel you to new heights in your athletic endeavors.

1. Define your goals. In order to reach that pinnacle of success, you must know exactly what your end goal will be. Put it on paper and display it prominently so you are constantly reminded of the finish line. If you find yourself weary along the way, refocus your attention on the sense of victory that will come when you finally achieve success. 2. Eat to win. A well-rounded and healthy diet is essential for any athlete, but ultimately itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the right

mix of nutrients that help them reach their peak. That includes protein, like the high-quality, natural protein in milk. In fact, U.S. Olympic Training Centers, where athletes are training at the highest level, serve tens of thousands of gallons of milk every year and nine out of 10 U.S Olympians said they drank milk while growing up.* “Ever since I was young, I’ve always had milk in the morning,” Leyva said. “It’s an easy way to get protein and nutrients to help fuel my training, whether I am at home or at an international competition.”

also family members and friends who cheer you along your path to victory. To learn more about the Milk Life campaign and watch exclusive behindthe-scenes videos of Team USA athletes, visit milklife.com/teamusa.

3. Dedicate the time. Top athletes know that champions are built, not born. That means putting in the time with training, practice and more practice to become the very best in their sport. For an everyday athlete, that may not mean dedicating hours each day to the

cause, but it does mean making a serious commitment to bettering your game. 4. Be prepared to overcome adversity. Elite athletes often find their road to the top scattered with bumps. Leyva is no exception; the alternate spot was a step away from the place on the Team USA roster he coveted. Sticking with his training and keeping his focus ensured he was ready to step up when the time came. 5. Surround yourself with supporters. Very few successes in life are achieved alone. Create a team of supporters who motivate you to be your very best. This may include coaches and trainers, but also family members and friends who cheer you along your path to victory. k

To learn more about the Milk Life campaign and watch exclusive behind-the-scenes videos of Team USA athletes, visit milklife.com/teamusa.

*Nine out of 10 finding based on 675 responses received from survey invitations sent to U.S. Olympians.

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Ready, Set, Enroll! Learn about high-quality early childhood education programs and enroll with Miami-Dade County Public Schools today! SOURCE: M-DCPS Early Childhood Program

Did you know that children who participate in high-quality early learning experiences benefit from improved social skills, higher academic achievement, and enhanced attention spans?


here is overwhelming evidence that suggests that children who participate in high-quality preschool programs develop stronger math and reading skills and a full range of competencies necessary for school success. Offered in over 200 schools county-wide, the Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS) early childhood education and Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK) Programs are committed to providing high quality comprehensive services to prepare young children for life-long learning.

ABOUT MIAMI-DADE COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS) offers enrollment opportunities in a variety of early childhood education and Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK) programs county-wide. Our programs are staffed with highly qualified and nurturing teachers and our adult to student ratio offers children continuing developmentally appropriate academic support and guidance while encouraging independent, self-initiated play and social-emotional learning. Our curriculum focuses on hands-on and multisensory experiences where children can explore the world and share their discoveries. Our classrooms are technology-ready for students to communicate, interact and explore.

UNDERSTANDING YOUR PROGRAM OPTIONS M-DCPS Department of Early Childhood Programs is now accepting applications for the following programs for children three (3) to four (4) years of age: Florida’s Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK) Education Program: VPK is a free high quality educational program that prepares 4-year-olds for kindergarten and beyond. Children must be four (4) years old on or before September 1, 2017 to enroll. Title I Schools offer this program from 8:20-1:50 PM for free and Non-Title I Schools require a $12.00 per day fee that is paid bi-weekly.

schools county-wide.”


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Head Start Program: The Head Start Program is a federally funded, comprehensive child development p ro g ra m s e r v i n g l ow - i n co m e children and families. Head Start serves children three (3) years old, by September 1, 2017 to five (5) years old. Children with disabilities are included in the program and receive a full range of developmental services. Inclusion/Reverse Mainstream Program: The PreK special education inclusion and reverse mainstream programs offers three (3) and four (4) year olds the opportunity to serve as role models for children with disabilities while engaging in a robust curriculum , learning pre-reading, math, science and social studies, as well as develop their social skills in a school setting. APPLYING TO A PROGRAM Florida’s Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK) Education Program: To be

eligible for VPK, children must be four (4) years old on or before September 1, 2017 to enroll. M-DCPS VPK Programs use a lottery to select students. By submitting a registration packet before February 23, 2017 at their home/neighborhood school, families will be entered into the VPK lottery. The VPK Program lottery for the 2017-2018 school year will take place on Friday, February 24, 2017. Children whose names are drawn in the lottery will be selected to attend the program. Open seats will be available at select schools after lottery date. A list of the participating schools will be available on our website at earlychildhood. dadeschools.net. Parents may obtain their required stated VPK Program Certificate of Eligibility online at the Early Learning Coalition of Miami-Dade/Monroe website: www.vpkhelp.org.

Head Start Program: Eligibility for the Head Start Program is based on family income at or below the federal poverty level. The open enrollment period for the 2017-2018 school year is January 17 – May 10, 2017. Families can apply by visiting any of the 34 MiamiDade County Public Schools Head Start/Early Head Start sites county-wide and completing an application. A list of the participating schools is available by visiting the Head Start/Early Head Start website at headstart. dadeschools.net. Inclusion/Reverse Mainstream Program: Parents should inquire at their home/ neighborhood school or call the PreK SPED office at (305) 271-5701 to identify programs near their homes. Role model students are invited to attend school for a few days in the spring so that teachers may determine their readiness for this program. k For more information about M-DCPS Early Childhood Program portal visit: earlychildhood.dadeschools.net

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book reviews Suggestions for your kids to read this month

1. Scythe (YA)

3. The Warden’s Daughter (MG) 5. Artemis Fowl (MG)

By Neal Shusterman The bestselling author returns with his newest book about a seeming utopia. There is no disease, war, or death. However, the overall longevity of mankind has led to overpopulation, and the Scythe’s are created – a sect that exists to end life when ordered. The lead is a trainee Scythe, and learning to end life is harder than she ever imagined.

By Jerry Spinelli Cammie is a girl growing up in a strange situation. Her father is the warden of a prison, and Cammie lives with him in an apartment attached to the complex. With mother figures in the form of prisoners, and best friends who are getting into things Cammie’s never been interested in, how can Cammie figure out who she really is?

By Eoin Colfer Hop in to the best-selling series and wildly popular series with a Disney movie on the way. Artemis is a millionaire, genius, and a criminal mastermind. When he kidnaps a fairy, Artemis is about to learn of a whole world he’d never considered, and these fairies aren’t sparkles and pixie dust, but fierce creatures ready and willing to fight.

4. Who Wins (MG)

6. They All Saw a Cat (PB)

By Clay Swartz A non-fiction book that would put the fun in biography (if the word had any of those letters). The book provides short biographies of a hundred historical figures, and then asks the question; who would sell more girl scout cookies – George Washington or Cleopatra? Who would be better as a Hogwarts student? Gandhi or Albert Einstein?

By Brendan Wenzel How do you see a cat? As a cute adorable fluff ball? As an evil genius mastermind ruling the house? What about a dog, or a mouse? How do those animals see a cat? As a horrible monster? As a strange alien creature? Wenzel’s book explores concepts of perception by showing how different animals might perceive a single cat.

2. Star Wars Ahsoka (YA/MG) By E.K. Johnston Fans of Star Wars will be overjoyed by Johnston’s book featuring the rogue padawan of Anakin Skywalker – Ahsoka Tano. In a book that is right between MG and YA reading levels, this book gives some insight as to what happened to Ahsoka after she left the Jedi Order, but before joining the cast of the show Star Wars Rebels.

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7. Extremely Cute Animals Operating Heavy Machinery (PB) By David Gordon What do you do when the mean bullies destroy your sand castle? Build a better one with friends! What do you do when the bullies destroy that one too? Build an amazing one with heavy construction equipment that the bullies will never break! Or at least, that’s what these extremely cute animals do.

8. Nanette’s Baguette (PB) By Mo Willems Nanette’s been given one job by her mother – go purchase a baguette. But when Nanette gets her hands on the warm crispy bread, she just can’t help herself! Now, with no money to buy more bread, and no bread, what is Nanette going to do? This is a story about the importance of honesty. k


movie reviews


The Dark Knight, the Caped Crusader Batman is the crime fighting vigilante everyone can count on to save the day. When Gotham City is threatened once again, the brooding, heavy metal rapping machine is forced to work with a new police commissioner and a certain young orphan to save the day.


When a mercenary warrior (Matt Damon) is imprisoned within The Great Wall, he discovers the mystery behind one of the greatest wonders of our world. As wave after wave of marauding beasts besiege the massive structure, his quest for fortune turns into a journey toward heroism as he joins a huge army of elite warriors to confront this unimaginable and seemingly unstoppable force.


After his mother’s sudden death, Zucchini is befriended by a police officer, Raymond, who

accompanies him to his new foster home, filled with other orphans his age. At first he struggles to find his place in this at times strange and hostile environment. But with Raymond’s help and his newfound friends, Zucchini eventually learns to trust and love, as he searches for a new family of his own.


When a radio falls from the sky into the hands of a wide-eyed Tibetan Mastiff, he leaves home to fulfill his dream of becoming a musician, setting into motion a series of completely unexpected events.


The Shack takes us on a father’s uplifting spiritual journey. After suffering a family tragedy, Mack Phillips [Sam Worthington] spirals into a deep depression causing him to question his innermost beliefs. Facing a crisis of faith, he receives a mysterious letter urging him to an abandoned shack deep in the Oregon wilderness.


castle’s enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the Beast’s hideous exterior and realize the kind heart and soul of the true Prince within.


When a popular teen girl is killed in a car crash, she relives the critical day seven times and makes changes in an attempt to affect the outcome; in the process, she changes as she tries to make up for previous heartless, selfabsorbed behavior and gains a better understanding of herself and others.


Paris, 1884. A orphaned girl arrives in Paris from Brittany. Félicie Milliner is 11 and has no money but one big, passionate dream: to become a dancer. With nothing left to lose, Félicie takes a big risk: she ‘borrows’ a spoiled brats identity and enters the Opera Ballet School. But how long can she be someone else?


Beauty and the Beast is the fantastic journey of Belle, a bright, beautiful and independent young woman who is taken prisoner by a beast in his castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the


Power Rangers follows five ordinary high school kids who must become something extraordinary when they learn that their small town of Angel Grove – and the world – is on the verge of being obliterated by an alien threat. Chosen by destiny, our heroes quickly discover that they are the only ones who can save the planet. But to do so they will have to overcome their real-life issues and band together as the Power Rangers before it is too late.


A seven-year old is jealous of his fast-talking briefcase-carrying baby brother. When the older brother embarks on a mission to win back the sole affection of his parents, he stumbles upon a secret plot by the CEO of Puppy Co. that threatens to destroy the balance of love in the world – and the brash baby executive masquerading as his new brother is at the center of it all. They must come together as true brothers to stop the dastardly scheme, save their parents, restore order to the world, and prove that love is indeed an infinite force. k

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Welcoming a Puppy Home Tips for new puppy parents on transition, toys, food and more

“Bunny” adopted from Paws4You Rescue


Photography: Getty Images

othing is more heartwarming than the first warm nuzzle from a new puppy. With new pets, however, come new responsibilities and opportunities, which can often lead to New Year’s resolutions involving new furry friends. “No matter the season, it’s always a moving and emotional experience when a puppy finds a new home,” said Eran Cohen, chief customer experience officer at PetSmart. “Our passionate associates are available to help bring pet parents closer to their pets so they can live more fulfilled lives.” To help puppy parents welcome their pets home – and keep New Year’s commitments – PetSmart, the


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largest specialty pet retailer across North America, offers this expert advice on nutrition, socialization, essentials and health care to help keep pets happy and healthy. Find a Veterinarian A veterinarian should be your first call if your puppy gets into something that could potentially harm him or her. Vets are also great resources to keep you up-to-date on puppy care, like vaccination timing. Use a tool like the free askPETMD app, available in the Apple App and Google Play stores, to find a veterinarian near you. ID Your Pet While pets are getting acclimated to their home, and with people going in and out, it can be easy for them to slip out a door. Be prepared in case they embark on an unplanned journey around the neighborhood. To ensure you are reunited, outfit your pup with proper ID, including a personalized ID tag. Pup-Proof Your Home Dogs love to chew, whether it’s on shoes or something more dangerous like wiring or extension cords. To protect them and promote positive chewing experiences, use toys or treats to occupy their time and allow them to chew safely, such as a Puppy Bone Starter Toy Kit. It’s also important to place household products like trash, laundry detergent and cleaning supplies out your pup’s reach. Give Puppies Their Own Space According to a survey commissioned by PetSmart and conducted by Wakefield Research, 47 percent of U.S. dog owners let their puppy sleep in bed with them seven nights

per week. However, when it’s time for puppies to rest on their own, a puppy crate can perform double duty, providing puppies their own area away from stressors to nap and serving as a structure that promotes potty training. Give Your Dog Time to Acclimate Socialization is critical during a pup’s early years. While everyone may be ready to meet the new member of your family, consider introducing them to one or two people at a time, so the puppy can get to know them and warm up to their scent. Research Nutrition It may be tempting to feed a puppy human food, but they require specially formulated food and often have different eating schedules than an adult dog. Do your research, read labels and ask questions. Consider leading natural pet lifestyle brands, like Only Natural Pet, which offer formulas such as Puppy Power Feast food, as well as a variety of treats. Invest in Training Consistent training is an important responsibility of a puppy parent. Dogs crave love and praise, and a properly trained pooch will better understand what’s expected of him or her. If necessary, get help from puppy training experts to help ensure all family members are able to live happily in one harmonious pack. k Find more tips for welcoming a new pet into your home this year at PetSmart.com or download PetSmart’s mobile app, which tailors content to help guide pet parents based on your pet profile.

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Spring Event’s Guide Where to go with our Kiddos

FEBRUARY 16th -20th


Miami International Boat Show Marine Stadium Park From 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. 2017 Progressive Miami International Boat Show, recognized as one of the world’s largest boat shows and THE winter destination to find the best in boating at the iconic Miami Marine Stadium Park & Basin. The kid’s corner is perfect for all ages, featuring interactive stations and more! For more information and tickets, visit MiamiBoatShow.com Tickets starting at $20


25th -26th



Live Like Bella Superhero 5K Run/Walk Zoo Miami 8:00 a.m. Live Like Bella® will be hosting their 3rd Annual Superhero 5K Run/Walk at Zoo Miami for a day of fun and family activities, food, drinks, music and a beautiful 5K course through the zoo where superheroes descended to fight for a cure! For more information visit livelikebella.org



Fun and Fit as a Family at Jungle Island Jungle Island 1111 Parrot Jungle Trail Miami From: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m This family-friendly event at the Festival allows parents and kids to learn the basics of a healthy lifestyle with Food Network personalities and renowned chefs. Kids will have the chance to explore the food garden, and get their hands messy in the interactive kitchen. For more information visit sobefest.com/funandfit Tickets $20 per person, per day


Harlem Globetrotters 2017 World Tour AmericanAirlines Arena Starts at 4:00 p.m. The Original Harlem Globetrotters are preparing for their 2017 tour! A star-studded roster will have fans on the edge of their seats to witness the ball handling wizardry, basketball artistry and one-of-a-kind family entertainment that thrills fans of all ages. Get your Magic Pass with your tickets to have an even more memorable family experience! Tickets starts at $26 at harlemglobetrotters.com

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Day Out With Thomas at Gold Coast Railroad Museum 12450 S.W. 152nd Street Miami, FL 33177 Day Out With Thomas™ offers an opportunity for children and their families to take a 25 minute ride* with Thomas the Tank Engine.™ Every event has a Thomas & Friends Imagination Station with Thomas-themed activities and a Thomas storytelling and video viewing area. For tickets and information visit gcrm.org Tickets $20

6th Annual Gables Bike Day 405 Biltmore Way, Coral Gables From: 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m This year Bike Walk Coral Gables will be hosting their sixth Annual Gables Bike Day in Merrick Park across from the historic Coral Gables City Hall. We invite all cyclists, skaters, parents and children to this event for a day in promoting health, physical activity and bike safety. For more information visit bikewalkcoralgables.com Free event

The Falls Shoping Mall From: 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Caring Bunny is an opportunity for families with special needs children to enjoy the Easter Bunny photo experience in a controlled and welcoming environment. Visit shopthefalls.com for details.



2017 Miami Youth Fair Miami-Dade Fair Expo Gates open at: 3:00 p.m. The Youth Fair, now in its 66th year, is ranked the largest fair in Florida and one of the top 27 largest fairs throughout North America. It attracts well over 600,000 guests of all ages every year. This is a family experience packed with adrenaline-pumping rides, fun games, mouthwatering food stands, live outdoor concerts, and sensational shows. For more information, visit FairExpo.com

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Making Nutrition and Wellness a PRIORITY in 2017! Written by: Care Resource

“Childhood Obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents in the past 30 years”.


he holidays are behind us. It’s inevitable that we participated in family meals and social events that revolved around food and lots and lots of delicious yet unnecessary, fat, salt, and sugar. Now is the time to return to a nutritious routine. It is a time to adopt healthier habits and shed the unnecessary weight you may have accumulated throughout the holiday season. Let Care Resource help you! According to Gloria Cabral, Registered Dietitian with Care Resource, “Childhood Obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents in the past 30 years”. In fact, Florida now has the 35th highest adult obesity rate in the nation, according to The State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America released September 2016. In response, in 2017, Care Resource is spearheading a Quarterly Monday Wellness Workshop Series where Care


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Gloria Cabral Care Resource Registered Dietician.

Resource and the South Florida community can tackle both the causes and effects of obesity and make lasting, meaningful change to the way our community eats. Topics will include: eating well and feeling whole, supermarket smarts, managing stress through nutrition, fitness and food for the real world, nutrition strategies that strengthen the immune system and more.

To find out more about the workshop series, call 305.203.5230, email at gcabral@careresource.org or find out more by joining ELEVATE on February 5th at the Miami Beach Botanical Gardens from 9am to 4pm. ELEVATE is a day of workshops, tools and inspiration for being nicer to your mind, body, spirit and social well-being.

In addition to the workshop series, this is a time to make a commitment to your own personal health and wellness in 2017! See a Care Resource Doctor for a FREE annual wellness visit. A wellness visit includes a physical exam and routine labs. The following promotion is available for uninsured patients at all of our locations from January to March 2017. *By appointment only. Call 305-576-1234 ext. 470 (English) and 471 (Spanish) to schedule an appointment. k

Care Resource is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization and a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) with locations in Miami-Dade and Broward counties. Care Resource provides comprehensive primary medical and preventive care, including pediatric care, family care, dental care, in-house pharmacy services and behavioral health/substance abuse services to all individuals in South Florida’s diverse communities. For more information, please visit www.careresource.org, or call 305.576.1234.

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Kiddos Magazine Vol.4 Issue 4 - Winds of Love  

Love is in the air! Family Time! So fun! What a better way to celebrate the month of love than spending time and bonding with the ones we lo...

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Love is in the air! Family Time! So fun! What a better way to celebrate the month of love than spending time and bonding with the ones we lo...

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