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30 WORDS OF WISDOM Eight “get-real” resolutions for the new year.

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or too many youngsters these days, nature is something they see on a video-game or TV screen. Miami-Dade Parks is trying to do something about that. Aiming to get children outdoors and off their devices, the parks system is shifting from building traditional playgrounds to new eco-minded public play spaces that feature nature-inspired design components and create a more adventurous and natural experience. Debbie Curtin Park is the newest of 10 parks that either already feature or are planned to feature these nature-play spaces. Last month, the park, located at 22821 SW 112 Ave., opened a 2,900-square-foot children’s playground that rests on an engineered wood-fiber safety surface and is surrounded by green-inspired looping pathways and nature-play pockets with native landscaping and butterfly-attracting plants, as well as recycled tree logs for sitting or climbing. The playground features a play mound, double slides, swings, a climbing net and ropes, and musical instruments to play. “These unique park spaces are inspiring residents and their children to be active and share special moments in the great outdoors while experiencing the living ecosystems of green grass, plants, trees, flowers and abundant wildlife,” said Maria I. Nardi, parks director. Studies show that children exposed to green spaces have less stress, while being in natural environments encourages more physical activity, improves inquisitiveness and alertness and helps to foster a sense of place and community, according to a recent parks press release. Access to green spaces, and even a view of green settings, was found to enhance peace, self-control and selfdiscipline in inner-city youth. And more time spent outdoors is

related to reduced rates of nearsightedness, also known as myopia, in children and adolescents, according to the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Other “nature-play” playgrounds include Tom Sawyer’s Play Island at Amelia Earhart Park, Country Lake Park, Greynolds Park (west site), Kings Meadow Park, Norman and Jean Reach Park and Sunkist Park. Currently in the works is Biscayne Shores and Gardens Park. Future development will include Serena Lakes Park, Forest Lakes Park and Camp Matecumbe.

GREYHOUND LOVERS CHAMPING AT THE BIT Greyhound lovers, hold your horses! That’s the suggestion of Michelle Weaver, vice-president of Friends of Greyhounds, who’s making appeals for patience to prospective adopters after Floridians overwhelmingly voted in the November election to ban greyhound racing at the state’s 11 racetracks. With the future of thousands of the dogs up in the air, Weaver reported receiving “a ton” of calls and emails from people who think that all the adoption groups are suddenly overloaded with dogs. “I’ve had people say they heard we had 3,000 dogs looking for homes, and today a caller said he was told that there were 15,000 dogs that would need to be fostered!” she said in her website’s blog, the Happy Tales Report. However well-intentioned, the response is seriously premature — the law doesn’t take effect for two years, on Jan. 1, 2021. But the sport’s reputation for animal cruelty has sparked a particularly impassioned breed of dog lovers.


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Since 2013, 493 dogs have died on Florida tracks — 94 percent of them 3 years old or younger — according to the Humane Society. Locally, Hollywood Dog Track, now Big Easy Casino, and Miami’s Flagler Dog Track, now Magic City Casino, have already halted greyhound racing, but the Palm Beach Kennel Club in West Palm Beach is still operating full-tilt. Friends of Greyhounds, which has placed dogs from Key West to Jupiter, and Elite Greyhounds Inc., which covers Palm Beach County, are among the many adoption groups across the country standing by to accept the retiring dogs. But, Weaver says, her group doesn’t have any of them yet — though it did recently receive 12 greyhounds from China. “Personally, I’d like to see the tracks coordinate closing dates to effectively taper off the number of dogs racing and avoid the ‘dumping’ of greyhounds that many people are anticipating,” Weaver says. For more information and adoption resources, please visit and Elite Greyhounds

A piano prodigy with a difference It’s really something to see: This young boy in black tie and tails taking a seat at a grand piano and whipping the keys into a Chopin-esque frenzy of blurred little fingers, his precociousness an enchanting contrast to the much, much older orchestra musicians behind him. No, Jacob Velazquez of Pembroke Pines is in no way your typical 11-year-old — which is only magnified when you consider another of his distinctions: He has a form of autism called PDDNOS. And it is for the benefit of others on the autism spectrum that Jacob will perform at The Piano Concert on Jan. 9 in Aventura. All of the concert’s proceeds will be donated to The Victory Center, a resource center that empowers students affected by autism and promotes the overall well-being of the South Florida autism community. Jacob began studying piano at age 4 and by the next year had already caught the attention of Good Morning America, The View and The Steve Harvey Show. Soon after, Taylor Swift heard him play and invited him to her tour, and he performed onstage with Harry Connick Jr. — on drums! At 6, he recorded his first album, Jacob, and he made his debut with The Space Coast Symphony Orchestra two years later. Jacob trains with Giselle Brodsky, co-founder and artistic director of the Miami International Piano Festival. In cooperation with that festival, Jacob’s performance will feature a program of Beethoven and Chopin at 7:30pm at the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center, 3385 NE 188th St. Tickets are $40-$60. For more information, please visit

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Each of the youngsters pictured here is a finalist in our annual Cover Angels contest, eligible for a spot on our cover in 2019.

Giving back to the community has been a key component of the contest since its inception 13 years ago. Every year, Broward Family Life has donated all proceeds from entry fees to a local charity that works to better the lives of families in our communities. This year, thanks to our exclusive sponsor, Cambridge Preschools, we are able to eliminate entry fees and remain true to our mission. We are in awe of all the wonderful organizations working to improve the lives of kids in Broward and Miami-Dade counties. And we continue to be tickled by how cute the kids are. If you’re anxious to know which angel received the most votes from family and friends, be sure to check our website this month, All of the contest results — including our Charity of the Year — will be announced in our February issue.

Laila Abdullah, 6 yrs.

Arya Barreras, 1 yr. XX B R O W A R D

Noah Abdullah, 3 yrs.

Gianna Alvarez, 10 mos.

Angelene Marie Avila Sancerni, 3 yrs. Elise Barbuscia, 3 yrs.

Simon Black, 4 yrs.

Korra Budham, 3 yrs.

Cailinh Bui, 8 yrs.



Christian Butcher, 7 yrs.

Christina Butcher, 6 yrs.

Jazlynn Cabrera, 1 yr.

Kaiden Camacho, 5 yrs.

Fernando Castano, 6 yrs.

Sierra Chang, 4 yrs.

Caroline De Leon, 13 yrs.

Max Dejtiar, 7 yrs.

Valentina Diaz, 5 yrs.

Neva Driscoll, 4 yrs.

John Driscoll III, 7 yrs.

Gianna Fasano, 4 yrs.

Logan Figueroa, 8 yrs.

Markis Fisk, 11 yrs.

Nickolis Fisk, 11 yrs.

Owen Fitzgerald, 9 yrs.

Dylan Friedman, 5 yrs.

Jonathan Garcia, 7 yrs.

Thabo Gelin, 4 yrs.

Gracey Gigliotti, 3 yrs.

Christian Gittens, 4 yrs.

Zariah Glasser, 8 yrs.

Camryn Goldsmith, 4 yrs.

Amber Goodman, 5 yrs.

Troy Greene, 5 yrs.

Ryan Grimes, 4 yrs.

Aaliyah Hackett, 11 yrs.

Abigail Hood-Julien, 3 yrs.

Janiyah Hood-Julien, 3 yrs.

Arianna Hudson, 9 yrs.

Kaylah Hussain, 5 yrs.

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William Hutchinson, 5 yrs.

Hannah Jarvis, 16 yrs.

Anastasiia Kabanova, 7 yrs.

Lysha Lalwani, 4 yrs.

Dylan Lawson, 3 yrs.

Myles Lilly, 1 yr.

Khloe Longsworth, 9 yrs.

Cesar Lopez, 12 yrs.

Nicholas Lopez, 4 yrs.

Valentina Lopez, 1 yr.

Lorenzo Love, 3 yrs.

Gabriel Luke Lugo, 6 yrs.

MaryJane Lynch, 2 yrs.

Liam McKinnon, 3 yrs.

Mehkyla-Marie McLemore, 10 yrs.

Blake McLennan, 10 yrs.

Devin McLennan, 7 yrs.

Ethan McLennan, 13 yrs.

Noah Mendes, 6 yrs.

Ryan Mendes, 6 yrs.

Makayla Moncaleano, 4 yrs.

Nyelle Noel, 1 yr.

Lucia Novo, 2 yrs.

Helena Palladino, 7 yrs.

Declan Paulding, 3 yrs.

Avianna Perez, 7 yrs. XX B R O W A R D

Madison Perez, 4 yrs.

Yoli Pierre, 3 yrs.

Kiyannah Porter, 9 yrs.

Susana Prada, 7 yrs.



Aspen Preston, 3 yrs.

Joey Purdum, 11 yrs.

Ashton Radulic, 6 yrs.

Alaijah Ricketts, 2 yrs.

Joshua Sam, 8 yrs.

Zoe-Noelle Sam, 3 yrs.

Isabella Schmitt, 10 yrs.

Dean Serdenes, 4 yrs.

Marcos Silva, 4 yrs.

Yaneysi Simisterra, 7 yrs.

Jaleighia Smith, 1 yr.

Leandro Sosa, 1 yr.

David Stefano, 2 yrs.

Joseph Stefano, 3 yrs.

Lucas Stefano, 8 mos.

Jay Stewart, 5 yrs.

Logan Suarez, 1 yr.

Leyla Sudarsky, 3 yrs.

Davian Thomas, 14 yrs.

Reuban Thomas, 4 yrs.

Alixandra Tolentino, 11 yrs.

Jacob Tolentino, 3 yrs.

Giovanni Vicario, 6 yrs.

Forrest Walker, 2 yrs.

Gunnar Walker, 4 yrs.

Marley Westbrooks, 5 yrs.

Dash Wojcik, 4 yrs.

Mia Wojcik, 6 yrs.

Paul Zelaya, 1 yr.

Min Zin, 2 yrs.



s we all know, being a parent is the most important job in the world. Our children look up to us for guidance on everything in life — even if we don’t realize it. One way to help our kids is to be a good fitness role model. Modeling healthy behavior and making fitness a fun part of our family’s daily routine can help shape our children’s views on exercise. This is important because, as we know, exercise plays such a critical role in our physical health and well-being. However, in an age of increasing stress and anxiety, fitness has another critical benefit: It can help us to be happier.

EXERCISE FOR MANAGING STRESS AND ANXIETY Experts have found a clear link between exercise and stress reduction. “Regular aerobic exercise has a unique capacity to exhilarate and relax, to provide stimulation and calm, to counter depression and dissipate stress,” Harvard scientists have concluded. Some studies show that for some people consistent exercise can be just as effective as medication to reduce symptoms of anxiety, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. Other research shows that physically active people have lower rates of anxiety than those who do not exercise. In one study, researchers found that those who got regular vigorous exercise were 25 percent less likely to develop depression or an anxiety disorder over the subsequent five years. In helping to reduce stress and anxiety, exercise accomplishes the following: Produces Endorphins. When we exercise, our body releases feel-good neurotransmitters called endorphins. These chemicals in our brain act as natural painkillers, making us feel better and less stressed. They are responsible for the natural high we get from a hard workout. Reduces Stress Hormones. Reduced levels of stress hormones, like adrenaline and cortisol, helps us to feel calmer. Minimizes Fatigue. Exercise improves blood flow and our body’s ability to use oxygen efficiently. These changes in our brain then reduce fatigue and improve alertness,


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concentration and cognitive function. When we are stressed out because we are depleted, many nerves in our brain and throughout out body are impacted. Exercise helps us return to a more balanced level of energy. If our body feels better, scientists conclude our mind will also feel better. Improves Self-Esteem. Behavioral factors also contribute to the emotional benefits of exercise. When we gain strength and begin to see a difference in our body, we feel better about ourselves, becoming happier and more confident. This shifts our focus to positive thoughts and away from fear and anxiety. Provides a Fun Distraction. One of the best parts about exercise is that it gives us a time to take a fun break from the stresses in our daily lives. Whether you are jogging to your favorite upbeat music or socializing with friends on the tennis court, your mind is distracted and you can just have a good time. Makes Sleeping Easier. According to the Mayo Clinic, exercise can also improve how we sleep. This is great news for those suffering from insomnia due to stress and anxiety. Encourages Mindfulness. A great bonus of exercise is that it provides the perfect opportunity to enjoy a mindful moment. While we work out, we can fully engage in the present moment instead of letting our mind run wild with worries. To get the best result, experts suggest doing rhythmic activities that engage the whole body, like running, walking, swimming, dancing, rowing or climbing. The website suggests that “as you move, instead of continuing to focus on your thoughts, focus on the sensations in your limbs and how your breathing complements your movement. If your mind wanders to other thoughts, gently return to focusing on your breathing and movement. If walking or running, for example, focus on each step — the sensation of your feet touching the ground, the rhythm of your breath while moving, and the feeling of the wind against your face.”

FITNESS Go Outside!

WHY THE OUTDOORS REALLY ARE GREAT FOR KIDS BY SANDI SCHWARTZ Do you remember playing outside as a kid? It was a time to run around and let loose, use your imagination and explore. As a child growing up in the ’80s, I remember walking to school, riding my bike to the swim club or around the neighborhood to see friends, and making up all kinds of imaginative games in the woods behind my house. Well, that doesn’t happen much anymore. Today, children suffer from “nature-deficit disorder.” This term was coined by Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder and co-founder of the Children & Nature Network. It refers to children’s diminishing experience with and connection to nature over the last couple of decades. For example: • Only 6 percent of American children ages 9-13 play outside unsupervised, according to researcher Frances Moore Lappe. • American children ages 3-12 spend 35 percent less time playing outside freely than their parents did, according to a survey reported last September by Kamik, a leading footwear and apparel manufacturer. Additionally, 65 percent of the parents said they played outside every day during their childhood, while only 30 percent of their children do the same today. • An Outdoor Foundation survey of 40,000 people found an overall decrease in the time children participated in outdoor activities. • In 1969, 48 percent of children 5 to 14 years of age usually walked or bicycled to school. But in 2009, that number had dropped to 13 percent, according to a 2011 survey by The National Center for Safe Routes to School.

WHY THIS IS A PROBLEM Children spending less time outdoors has been linked to decreased appreciation of our environment, diminished use of the senses, attention difficulties, health problems like childhood obesity and vitamin D deficiency, and higher rates of such emotional illnesses as anxiety and depression. continued on page 16

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On that last issue, the statistics are frightening. One in 8 children suffers from an anxiety disorder, reports the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. More worrisome, 25 percent of teens ages 13-18 will experience some form of anxiety, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. Additionally, the use of anti-anxiety medications is exploding. It increased by almost 50 percent for children ages 10-19 between 2001-2010, says Scott Shannon, author of Mental Health for the Whole Child: Moving Young Clients From Disease & Disorder to Balance & Wellness.

HOW NATURE HELPS REDUCE STRESS A growing number of studies from around the world show the importance of nature in improving mental health, exemplified by recreation activities in the wilderness, community gardens, views of nature and/or gardens at hospitals, and contact with animals. Why is this the case? • Humans have a nature instinct known as biophilia, an innate bond we subconsciously seek and share with all creatures and plants in the natural world. • Nature provides a sense of well-being. • The natural world offers solace and comfort unlike that found in man-made environments. • Spending time in nature reduces the level of human response to stress and allows us to recover from stressful situations more quickly. • Having contact with nature promotes healing. A breakthrough study in the Journal of Environmental Psychology found that a healing garden at a children’s hospital had positive effects on users — about 85 percent reported feeling more relaxed, refreshed or better able to cope after spending only five minutes there.

HOW DID WE GET HERE? Five key changes over the last 30-plus years have impacted our relationship with nature: How Society Developed. We are increasingly living in urban areas. According to the United Nations, almost 50 percent of all people in the world now live in urban areas, and this is projected to increase to 65 percent by the year 2030. Also, poorly designed outdoor spaces make it more difficult for children to play outside. Fear. “Fear is the emotion that separates a developing child from the full, essential benefits of nature,” Louv says. Since the 1980s, we live in a more fearful society, hyped up by 24/7 media reporting, that intensified after 9/11. Parents worry about many safety concerns that impact the time their children spend outside, such as traffic, crime, strangers, injury and even natural worries like skin cancer due to sun exposure, bug bites and harmful animals. A study of three generations of 9-yearolds showed that between 1970 and 1990, the radius around homes where children were allowed to roam on their own shrunk to 1/9th of what it was in 1970. Imagine what that statistic is today! Technology. Children are spending more and more time focused on screens instead of nature scenes. A 2010 Kaiser Family Foundation study showed that 8- to 18-year-olds devoted an average of 7 hours and 38 minutes to using entertainment media during a typical day (more than 53 hours a week!) — an increase of an hour and 17 minutes over the preceding five years. And because of media multitasking, the total amount of media content consumed during that period had increased from 8:33 to 10:45. And that was a study in 2010! In his book, Louv sadly quotes a fourth-grader: “I like to play indoors better because that’s where all the electric outlets are.”

Time pressures. Children are living an overly structured lifestyle involving sports teams, indoor play centers, homework, extracurricular activities, etc., that prevent them from simply enjoying free play outdoors. Education trends. Unfortunately, outdoor education is not a priority, and recess time and physical education classes are being threatened in many schools.

HOW CAN YOU HELP? Spend more time outside as a family. Don’t overthink this. Keep your children’s outdoor time unstructured — go for a walk, visit a local park, garden, bike ride, or have a healthy meal in your backyard. • Plan day-trips and vacations to National Parks or based on other outdoor experiences. • Register your children for outdoor sports and summer camp. • Teach children to “stop and smell the roses,” to be mindful of nature around them. • Lobby for your school to keep physical education and recess on your child’s schedule. • Start a nature group at your child’s school. • Get involved in a community garden or local environmental group. • Examine ways to minimize technology use in your house. Common Sense Media ( is a useful resource for that.

How To Be A Good Fitness Role Model It’s so important that we play actively with our kids from a young age and consistently exercise in front of them (and sometimes with them) to show them how importance physical fitness is. From going on family bike rides to coaching one of their sports teams, there are many helpful ways to be a fitness role model to your children throughout their lives. Here are some more ideas to get you moving: Go for a hike outdoors. Not only are walks and hikes wonderful, safe exercise that the entire family can enjoy, they are also an opportunity to connect to the beauty of nature to bring you a sense of calm. Try adding some fun to your family hikes by turning them into a race or scavenger hunt, and by venturing to new parks and trails in your area and while on vacation. Take a Mommy and Me yoga class together. Yoga offers so many incredible benefits for us and our children, including balance, strength training, time for inner focus and an opportunity to connect with our bodies in ways we aren’t used to. Sign up for a yoga class that you can take together or pop in a video or load an app to do some yoga together in your living room — or better yet in your backyard. Make exercise a priority even in bad weather. Show your kids that you still go on your morning run even if it’s not sunny outside. On days when it’s cold or rainy, set up your fitness routine indoors and get your kids involved. Put on a workout video and have them join in. There are also lots of fun ways to use your indoor space to get everyone moving. Some of the easiest exercises to perform indoors include jumping rope and calisthenics like push-ups, sit-ups and jumping jacks. Or put on some peppy music and play freeze dance or have a hula hoop contest. Before you know it, you will all be working up a sweat! Give sports-related gifts. Make fitness a priority in your home by choosing such birthday and holiday gifts as workout clothes, sports equipment and how-to books about sports. You can also choose some tickets for a sporting event and make it a fun family outing to cheer on your team together.



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hen our son was 4 he fell in love. The object of his affection was voluptuous and far too old for him, but he saw her constantly. She had long flowing hair and intense eyes. He called her his “little love.” Our son was smitten by the Starbucks Mermaid — and it was our fault. One of our oldest family traditions is spending Saturday mornings at the local coffee shop. Started long before kids came along, this easy-going tradition was a sweet opening to weekends. We didn’t have a lot of money, and the coffee shop fit our wallet. Wherever we lived, we targeted the local coffee shop — indie or chain, just as long as we could reach it by foot. When we started having kids, going out for coffee Saturday mornings was a tradition we were determined to continue. As a young couple, we selfishly coveted this entrée into the weekend, and we didn’t want kids to change the beloved routine.


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Looking back, it was inevitable that our son’s first love would be the Starbucks logo. At our neighborhood location, we’d wolf down our weekly dark-roast coffee and cinnamon scone with our baby son and his slightly older sister in tow. It was exhausting. No longer a relaxing way to begin the weekend, our treasured tradition had been turned upside-down. It would have been easy to let it go with the arrival of kids. Yet, we persisted, trying to roll with the times. When the kids morphed into fidgety toddlers, we’d pull out toys. We started talking about what restaurant manners looked like, because coffee shops offered a forgiving environment in which to begin these lessons. As they grew, we adapted, stashing coloring books and crayons, drawing paper for doodling, designing mazes or hangman tournaments. We would pair up, one


parent-one kid, and go the distance as our little ones worked with letters and spelling. Their tastes changed with their age and they branched out, trying new items on the menu. Previously, they had faithfully ordered chocolate chip cookies because they knew that on Saturday mornings we lifted parental law regarding what made an appropriate breakfast. Time sped by. One Saturday we suddenly realized that the day we had been pining for had arrived: We were having conversations with our kids. We realized we could actually finish our sentences without meltdowns or an impatient, “Is it time to go yet?” They answered in fully formed sentences with increasing thoughtfulness, even making eye contact. In fact, we were experiencing intentional, meaningful time together regardless of the topic of conversation. Sometimes we’d just chill and review the week. Sometimes we’d address what we

needed to accomplish that day. Sometimes we’d talk current events and big ideas. Sometimes we’d have a rare moment when our blooming tweens needed to really talk, letting us into their world. There was more space away from the distractions of home. Our tradition was mercifully adaptable and able to accommodate the various seasons of family life. As our family moved around, it followed us, easily transferable into new surroundings. An old friend, this was a ritual we came to count on, a comfort during often painful adjustments. Yet, from its infancy, the core point of it all — to hang out, celebrate and support each other — remained unchanged. With amazement, I watched as we grew closer to our kids through our steady Saturday habit. We intentionally had built a routine that had serendipitously brought ease to our parent-child relationships. Additionally, our kids had grown close as siblings. Today we have high schoolers, and coffee on Saturday mornings starts much later — sometimes it doesn’t happen at all (teens need their sleep). And that is OK. There’s no question good things are happening, because the kids will often text us, asking to meet up after school for coffee. Or for happy hour, where Dad orders a beer, Mom orders a glass of red wine and the kids suck down soda. By this we know that our kids are choosing to hang out. There’s an element of trust. They know we’re not going to ask for deep conversation in exchange for buying them a Coke. Our little inexpensive outings are going to be whatever they end up being, no strings attached. Together, just hanging out as a little family. We all want a close family. We all hope for strong relationships with our teens. Yet, if not careful, we can find ourselves going from day to day, week to week, living under the same roof but in every way disconnected from one another. I realize now that this simple tradition of hitting the coffee shop each week started something in motion long ago. Though I’m still trying to appreciate its fullness, its richness, its direct contribution to building the relationships we have today with our young adults, I’m thankful. Starting with Starbucks, this coffee shop routine helped our kids want to be with us — their parents. And that’s a Tall order.

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o you get into bed every night wishing you had more time in your day? Parenting is a full-time job for many, while others are trying to balance work, family life and other activities. The feeling of never having enough time — or “time famine” as it’s referred to now — is becoming more widespread. It’s a serious issue for many, especially busy parents juggling multiple responsibilities. On average, moms spend about 14 hours taking care of the kids each week, as well as 18 hours on housework and 21 more working a paid job, according to Pew Research Center. Despite the recent overall trend of dads helping out more at home, moms still spend twice as much time on childcare and housework. Add the constant barrage of emails, texts and social media posts, and it’s no wonder we wonder where the time went. Constantly feeling the time pressure can lead to stress, insomnia and general unhappiness. Science has a solution for your time crunch — but it will cost you. A recent study directed by researchers at the University of British Columbia and Harvard Business School found that spending money to buy more free time can make us happier. The researchers evaluated over 6,000 adults in the United States, Canada, Denmark and the Netherlands to test whether buying time made a difference in their lives. The group was diverse, including 800 millionaires. The participants were asked how much money they spent on buying time, and discovered that fewer than a third of them spent any money on it at all. Even the wealthy were reluctant to spend money to save time. Those who did reported greater life satisfaction than those who did not. The effect was true for people in all income levels. The participants were also asked to rate their feelings about stress related to time issues and their overall life satisfaction. In one phase of the research, 60 adults participated in a two-week experiment. On the first weekend, they were asked to spend $40 on a purchase that would save them time, such as paying to have their house cleaned, buying lunches to be delivered to work, or compensating neighborhood kids to run errands for them. On the second weekend, they were told to spend the money on material items like clothing, wine, games and books. The study showed that people felt happier and less stressed after spending money on ways to save time as opposed to stuff. So, how can you buy more free time? First, evaluate which of

people feel guilty, inadequate or lazy if they pay someone else to do chores for them. Maybe they shouldn’t, because the research indicates that buying time will make them happier. “Lots of research has shown that people benefit from buying their way into pleasant experiences, but our research suggests people should also consider buying their way out of unpleasant experiences,” says one of the study’s researchers in an interview in Science Daily. Of course, not everyone can afford to buy a lot of time, if any, but maybe you can at least manage the extra expenses in your budget so that you can consider getting your groceries delivered; calling someone to handle household maintenance; or signing up for a landscape service to mow your lawn. If paying for these services is a challenge, then consider hiring kids from the neighborhood for less money or exchanging services with others, such as having a teenager mow your lawn in exchange for some tutoring help. You can also budget in a cleaning service once a month or every other month, which will still make a difference in freeing up some time. The best part of having extra time is that you can enjoy more of what you love (yes, even parents deserve time for a hobby!). You will also have more time to spend with your children — to listen to, connect with and hug. You know, be a better, happier mom.

your daily tasks you absolutely dread doing. Then ask yourself whether you can delegate this work to someone else for a fee. Many

Sandi Schwartz is a freelance writer. (In case you’re wondering, she didn’t pay someone to write this article for her.)


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IN PURSUIT OF The Perfect Private School W

By Denise Yearian

hy do parents send their children to private schools? For some it is a smaller teacher-student ratio and more individualized attention. For others, it’s religious grounding. For still others, it is to better address their student’s needs and cater to his academic timetable — be it a late-bloomer or one who is gifted in math or art. But no two schools are alike, so where do parents begin their search? Consider these tips: 1. GET RECOMMENDATIONS. There is no perfect school or one-size-fits-all academic setting, but one may be a better fit for your child than another. Get input from parents you trust. 2. CONSIDER YOUR CHILD’S INDIVIDUALITY. Take into account his strengths, weaknesses, interests and talents, as well as the learning environment most comfortable for him. A self-motivated learner may do well where he gets to direct and carry out his own learning. A child in need of constant direction might need a structured environment. 3. MAKE A LIST. Write down specifically what you are looking for in ambiance, class size, teaching style, curriculum, the role of art and music, homework and where parents fit in. Then prioritize your list, allowing that some things, such as class size or religious affiliation, may be non-negotiable.


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4. RESEARCH OPTIONS. Check out websites of school candidates, or call for more information. Consider each one’s program, mission, services, faculty and administration. What makes the school unique? What is its teaching philosophy? Is there anything the school does particularly well? Will the curriculum cater to your child’s talents and interests? 5. DON’T LET COST LIMIT YOU. Look at a school, even if you don’t think you can afford it. Most academic institutions offer scholarships or have financial aid based on need, so ask about it. 6. GO THE DISTANCE, IF NEEDED. A longer commute may be worth it if your child will be happy and thrive. Look for someone to carpool with. 7. SCHEDULE A VISIT. Visit schools that meet your initial criteria. This will give you a feel for their academic and developmental philosophy. Note, however, that even schools that adhere to like-minded philosophies can be tremendously different. A school that seemed to be the perfect fit may prove otherwise once visited. And the school you weren’t initially drawn to may turn out to be the “one.”


8. MEET WITH ADMINISTRATORS. Spend a few minutes talking with the principal or school administrator. Discuss your child’s needs and ask if the school can meet them. 9. MAKE OBSERVATIONS. If possible, sit in on classes and observe the teachers and students. Write down facts such as school and class size, ambiance and general demeanor of students and teachers. 10. ASK FOR REFERENCES. Get names of parents willing to talk with you about the school. If you can, obtain a few names of parents who were not happy with the school and enrolled their children elsewhere. 11. GET YOUR CHILD’S TAKE. Bring your child to schools that meet your criteria. Have him meet the teacher and spend time in the classroom. What was his reaction? Did he seem comfortable? 12. FOLLOW YOUR INTUITION. You know your child better than anyone else. If you have done your homework, you’ll know if it’s the right school for your child.

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Please e-mail listing information to by the 5th of the month prior to the event date. Include the name of the event, location, address, date, time, brief description, price and telephone number for the public.


Bring the kids for a hands-on history lesson the first Saturday of every month when admission and museum exploration is free. GOLD COAST RAILROAD MUSEUM,

12450 SW 152 St., Miami, 305-253-0063

Bass Babies


An art program for little ones designed to foster new discoveries in sensory awareness, creativity, and pre-literacy skills through hands-on activities. $10. Ages 2-4. 10:30-11:30am, THE BASS MUSEUM OF ART, 2100 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-673-7530

Cultures of the Middle East

Marvel Universe Live!



A piano prodigy on the autism spectrum, Jacob Velazquez performs Beethoven and Chopin to benefit The Victory Center. $40-$60, 7:30pm, AVENTURA ARTS & CULTURAL CENTER,

3385 NE 188 St., Aventura, 305-466-8002


Florida Shakespeare Theater performs this classic romantic tragedy in the Banyan Bowl. Free. Friday and Saturday 8pm, Sunday 6pm. PINECREST GARDENS, 11000 Red Rd., Pinecrest,

Miami City Ballet


Talented dancers with Miami City Ballet present Dances at a Gathering, featuring live Chopin music. $29 and up. Friday and Saturday 8pm, Sunday 2pm. ADRIENNE ARSHT CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 305-949-6722

Magic & Illusion

An immersive prehistoric journey to the bottom of the sea featuring actors, technology, puppets, science and imagination. 7:30pm, PARKER PLAYHOUSE, 707 NE Eighth St., Fort Lauderdale, 954-462-0222


This multi-cultural music experience featuring zydeco music is part of the Center’s Free Family Fest series. ADRIENNE ARSHT CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 305-949-6722

Rosie Revere, Engineer and Friends SATURDAY, JANUARY 19

Meet the inquisitive kids from Ms. Greer’s class in this fun-filled musical adventure. $14-$18. 11am & 1pm, BROWARD CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS, 201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale, 954-462-0222

Your Alien


Be mystified by the magic of NBC Phenomenon winner and America’s Got Talent finalist Mike Super. $35-$40. 2pm & 7pm, AVENTURA ARTS & CULTURAL CENTER, 3385 NE 188 St., Aventura, 305-466-8002

Marvel Universe Live!


Watch as some of Marvel’s greatest superheroes including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Black Panther, Hulk and Black Widow take on menacing villains. Showtimes vary. AMERICANAIRLINES ARENA, 601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 786-777-1000 M I A M I - D A D E F A M I LY L I F E


Terrance Simien and Creole for Kidz

Romeo and Juliet


Erth’s Prehistoric Aquarium Adventure


Tammi Sauer’s book about a stranded alien that befriends the boy who finds him comes to life in this uplifting musical. $14-$18. 11am & 1pm, AVENTURA ARTS & CULTURAL CENTER,

3385 NE 188 St., Aventura, 305-466-8002



See modern technology, music, dance and dazzling entertainers unite for a state-of-the-art performance. $27.50-$67.50. 7pm, PARKER PLAYHOUSE, 707 NE Eighth St., Fort Lauderdale, 954-462-0222


Explore the cultural diversity of the Middle East with a full day of instrument demonstrations and performances, workshops, traditional food, and crafts. 10am-5pm, HISTORYMIAMI MUSEUM, 101 W. Flagler St., Miami, 305-375-1492

Young Minds Yoga SATURDAY, JANUARY 12

Children can relax and rejuvenate through this Mini-Me program designed with kids in mind. 10:30-11am, FROST MUSEUM OF SCIENCE, 1101 Biscayne Blvd., Miami,

Sensory Friendly Saturday SATURDAY, JANUARY 12

Great sensory experiences await at this special event designed for children with sensory processing disorder and general development delay and their families. Includes sensory-based activities, a sensory-friendly stage performance, calming movement groups, and dimmed lights and sounds. 9-11am, MIAMI CHILDREN’S MUSEUM, 980 MacArthur Causeway, Miami, 305-373-5437

Family Day


Families can enjoy free museum admission throughout the day and special hands-on activities including a Design Challenge from 2-4pm. THE BASS MUSEUM OF ART, 2100 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-673-7530

Mini Monday MONDAYS

The first day of each week is geared toward the pint-size lot (birth through age 5) when the museum is free of group visits, offering a low-key environment for little ones to explore. $15/Florida resident with ID, free/under 1. 10am-6pm, MIAMI CHILDREN’S MUSEUM, 980 MacArthur Causeway, Miami, 305-373-5437


Curated by jazz violinist and vocalist Nicole Yarling, young jazz musicians will take to the stage to perform original compositions and jazz standards as part of the South Beach Jazz Festival. Noon-6pm, LINCOLN ROAD STAGE, 1111 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach,

Chili Day in Cutler Bay SATURDAY, JANUARY 12

Chili chefs face off in this 10th annual event featuring a chili cook-off, family entertainment and live music by hometown band Cutler Stew. Free admission. 2-6pm, CUTLER RIDGE PARK, 10100 SW 200 St., Cutler Bay, 305-234-4262

Beaux Arts Festival of Art

A fun-filled day of family activities including a 5K run/walk, mini sports clinics and more to benefit NBA Hall of Famer Alonzo Mourning’s local children’s charity. 8am 5K start. NORTH MIAMI ATHLETIC STADIUM, 2555 NE 151 St., North Miami Beach,

MLK Jr. Day Parade


Two days of fun featuring more than 200 fine art and craft vendors, a Kidz Zone, Culinary Corner and more. Free. 1am-6pm, ON ALHAMBRA FROM PONCE TO LE JEUNE, 305-812-7626 SATURDAY-SUNDAY, JANUARY 26-27

Parade pays respect to civic activist Martin Luther King, Jr., with a procession of community members and marching bands. 11am,

Chocolate Festival

Coral Gables Festival of the Arts

Fine Arts Festival



A community tradition, this festival features more than 85 events including live entertainment,

Children ages 6-14 learn about the environment through arts, science and outdoor play. $15. 10am-2pm, DEERING ESTATE, 16701 SW 72 Ave., Miami, 305-235-1668


Original artwork from more than 200 juried exhibitors will be on display and for sale during this popular 68th annual event. BEAUX ARTS, 1301 Stanford Dr., Miami, 305-284-1672 FRIDAY-SUNDAY, JANUARY 18-20


Zo’s Family Health & Wellness Groove


Art Deco Weekend

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a Bark Deco Dog Show, Smart Deco for Kids and more. LUMMUS PARK, 404 NW Third St., Miami Beach,

Juried art show includes artists displaying and selling mixed media art, live music, family activities and more. Free. 10am-5pm, PINECREST GARDENS, 11000 Red Rd., Pinecrest,


Family Fun Day

A sweet event featuring samples from artisan chocolatiers, chocolate making demonstrations and discussions, a ChocoWalk and more. $25/adult, $12/child. FAIRCHILD GARDEN, 10901 Old Cutler Rd., Coral Gables, 305-667-1651

Bring the family for a day filled with arts and crafts, kids’ activities, rides, food, fun and more. Surfside residents only. 1-4pm, 96TH STREET PARK, 9572 Bay Dr., Surfside,




Ring in the New Year by creating a seasonal craft. Ages 3-8. HOMESTEAD BRANCH LIBRARY, 700 N. Homestead Blvd., Homestead, 305-246-0168,

EcoAction Day


Join a park naturalist and other volunteers to remove invasive vegetation from the nature center. 9am-noon, BILL SADOWSKI PARK, 17555 SW 79 Ave., Palmetto Bay,

Art in the Park

Teens Only Escape Room Challenge SATURDAY, JANUARY 12

Start the night with pizza, music and activities followed by an escape room challenge. Teens in grades 7-12. Must show school ID to enter. Free. 6:30-10pm, PELICAN COMMUNITY PARK, 18115 N. Bay Rd., Sunny Isles Beach, 305-792-1706

Barnacle Under Moonlight Concert SATURDAY, JANUARY 12

Kick back and listen to music by the bay the second Saturday of every month through May. $10/adult, $3/child. Gates open at 6pm. 7-9pm,



Children can release their inner Picasso by creating arts and crafts under the palms using a variety of mediums and materials. Pre-registration required. Free. 10am-1pm, MIAMI BEACH BOTANICAL GARDEN, 2000 Convention Center Dr., Miami Beach

3485 Main Hwy,, Miami 305-4426866


Head to the library for an afternoon of hands-on STEAM-based activities including snap circuits, robotics and more. Ages 7-18. 3:15-4:45, ALLAPATTAH BRANCH LIBRARY,

1897 NW 20 St., Miami, 305-638-6086

Vizcaya Eats


Harvest fresh produce from Vizcaya’s gardens and cook up a delicacy during this hands-on family program. Registration required. $22/adult, $10/child 6-12, free/5 and under. 11am-1pm, VIZCAYA MUSEUM & GARDENS, 3251 S. Miami Ave., Miami, 305-250-9133

Dolphinately Fun


Parents and their little ones explore and learn about unique animals

through animal interactions, presentations and arts and crafts at this mommy and me program. Ages 2-5. $10/adult, $5/child. 10am & 1pm, MIAMI SEAQUARIUM, 4400 Rickenbacker Causeway, Miami, 305-361-5705

Mac & Cheese Fest SATURDAY, JANUARY 19

Mac and cheese makers put their skills to the test during this cook-off that includes food demonstrations, samplings and fun for the whole family. 2-8pm, GRIFFING PARK, 12220 Griffing Blvd., North Miami,

Smart Deco for Kids SATURDAY-SUNDAY, JANUARY 19-20

Kids can learn about Tropical Art Deco Architecture through hands-on activities as part of Art Deco Weekend. Space limited. Ages 4-12. 2-2:30pm, MIAMI DESIGN PRESERVATION LEAGUE, 1001 Ocean Dr., Miami


Super Moon Viewing MONDAY, JANUARY 21

Pack a picnic dinner and bring the family to watch the full moon rise over Biscayne Bay. Telescopes will be available to view the moon close up. $10. 6-8pm, DEERING

Every effort has been made to provide accurate information. Changes and cancellations do occur. Please double check the details before setting out on your adventure.

ESTATE, 305-235-1668

Family Fun and Games FRIDAY, JANUARY 25

Kick off the weekend with some family time filled with video games, board games and crafts. 4-5pm, CORAL REEF BRANCH LIBRARY, 9211 SW 152 St., Miami, 305-233-8324

Food Trucks on the Bay WEDNESDAYS

Bring your appetite and choose from a variety of food options including American, Mexican and Argentinian selections. 5-10pm, PELICAN HARBOR MARINA, 1275 NE 79 St., Miami,

Farmer’s Market SUNDAYS

Food goes from farm to table every Sunday at the Palmetto Bay Farmer’s Market, where local farmers, gardeners and artisans display and sell their goods. 8:30am-3pm, CORAL REEF PARK, 7895 SW 152 St., Palmetto Bay,

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WORDS of wisdom



EW YEAR, NEW YOU! I see this everywhere, and I can’t help but roll my eyes a little. Don’t get me wrong –– I’m all for motivation and self-improvement. Kudos to those pursuing new awesomeness in 2019! But I’m a mother of three youngsters. I’m just trying to keep my head above water and not go completely crazy. Considering 92 percent of resolutions fail, I’m keeping it real this year with more modest goals: 1. GET UP EARLIER. Start the day with an hour of yoga! (Fast-forward to alarm buzzing at ungodly hour…) Nope, nope, nope. Sleep wins. Instead, let’s try 10 minutes earlier –– just enough time to consume my coffee so I don’t bite everyone’s head off. 2. PREP AHEAD. Kids’ backpacks and lunches pre-packed, clothes laid out the night before, a to-do list for the next day, and dinners planned out for the week. Ba-ha-ha! Just kidding. The only thing I’ll be prepping is my solid expectation for morning madness. 3. EAT HEALTHIER. Bring on the kale, broccoli, avocado, magic spices, those chia things that get stuck in your teeth and –– wait –– chocolate is a superfood, right? Good. Let’s go with that one. 4. WORK OUT MORE. By “more” I mean putting the chocolate upstairs so I have to at least climb to get to it. Okay, I really should take this one seriously, considering exercise could really change my life for the better. But, hey, baby steps, right? 5. ACTUALLY FOLD AND PUT AWAY THE LAUNDRY. At least one basket-full before the next mountain of mess. Eh, who am I kidding? It’s never going to end anyway and I’ll never know what completion satisfaction feels like. Let’s just accept laundry as the perpetual pile of doom it is.


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6. FIND A WAY TO BAN SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS. Is there a way to selectively black-out a channel during this sinister show? C’mon, there’s got to be a way! Maybe parents can unite and sign a petition to end the horror that lives in a pineapple under the sea. 7. STOP APOLOGIZING ALL THE TIME. Why am I always apologizing? It’s usually not even remotely my fault. Sorry my house is so messy. Sorry I’m not more organized. Sorry I spent five extra minutes hiding in the bathroom after my shower. Sorry my kid is crying in the middle of the store. Sorry I didn’t make your favorite meal tonight. Sorry we can’t invite your entire class to your birthday party. Sorry you got sick because you keep putting things in your mouth even though you know that’s how germs get in. Enough of that! We really need to come up with a replacement phrase. How about: “That’s life. Deal with it.” 8. STOP DOING EVERYTHING FOR EVERYBODY. Really gotta stop doing for them what they can do for themselves. First grader: You are fully capable of putting away all the junk in your room and finding something non-destructive to do when you’re bored. Toddler: You can pull your own pants down to go potty. (I know you can since you have no problem doing it when you want to run around naked.) Baby: Well, your job is to drool and poop. You’re pretty much the boss right now. Enjoy it while you can! Lofty goals, I know. But I’m gonna give them my best shot. LJ Kunkel is a fitness trainer and coffee addict who spends most of her time chasing after three boys.

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Miami Dade Family Life January 2019  

January 2019 issue of Miami-Dade Life Magazine featuring local events, businesses, and content pertaining to Miami-Dade County.

Miami Dade Family Life January 2019  

January 2019 issue of Miami-Dade Life Magazine featuring local events, businesses, and content pertaining to Miami-Dade County.