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"Holiday Celebrations� TM December / January Issue 112


Scarlet Ortiz, Yul Burkle and Barbara Briana share their Christmas traditions.

When will my child walk?

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Family planning for the Holidays



December - January Number 112


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Feature Scarlet Ortiz, Yul Burkle and Barbara Briana share their Christmas traditions.

Professional advice Share or Spend During the Holidays?

Amenity Fun questions to ask to your child

Parenting Family Planning for the Holidays


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Family My Silent Angel

Nutrition Healthy Ideas for the Holidays

Therapist Advice When will my child walk?

Community Looking for a way to lose extra weight and trim inches off your waist line?

Social Coral Gables Community Foundation Gala Miami Kids Proud sponsor of The Miami Book Fair 19th. Guardians of the Children Luncheon Nicklaus Children's Health System annual Ball

Miami Kids Publisher's Notes This is the most wonderful me of the year! Time to get together with family and friends and celebrate when Jesus was born! Christmas is a hec c me and that involves a lot of planning to enjoy the en re holiday season. Don't miss the ar cle “Family Planning for the Holidays.”

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Christmas is also a me to visit friends and enjoy their cooking and also to entertain at home. It is very important to try to maintain a balance of what and when we are ea ng. You will find really good ps in the “Healthy Ideas for the Holidays” ar cle. A er all the fes vi es of Christmas and New Year's we want to lose the extra pounds we have gained. Don't miss the ar cle on how to lose the extra weight with Dr. Pardo's excellent advice. I want to thank all of our readers, followers on social media, and partners for a wonderful year. Thanks for your trust in Miami Kids Magazine. We look forward to providing the best informa on to your family and also suppor ng organiza ons that help the less fortunate. Not only at Christmas do we want to give back, but we want to be making a difference in people's lives all year round! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all!

PUBLISHER ‐ EDITOR Karla C. Richey CREATIVE DIRECTOR Enrique Chavez P. CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Diane Landsberg Maru Geist Lyne e Lorenzen Vanessa Strauss PT,DPT,C/NDT Nelly Lusich Angel Espinozal Claudia Del Cas llo ‐ Español MARKETING AND SALES Karla C. Richey PHOTOGRAPHY Enrique Tubio Ritz Riviera‐ Childhood Photography GRAPHIC DESING Fernando Flores flores2511@hotmail.com

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Scarlet Ortiz, Yul Burkle and Barbara Briana share their Christmas traditions In this issue we want to share with you

the lives of a famous Venezuelan couple Scarlet Ortiz and Yul Burkle who moved to the United States in 2001, and in 2010 become the proud parents of their beautiful daughter Barbara Briana.

Scarlet was discovered when she started her acting career in a children's show called Nubeluzin Venezuela. The show was seen in South America and Central America during the late 80's. With her beauty and charisma, she participated in Miss Venezuela as Miss Sucre in 1992. She started her acting career as the protagonist in the telenovela Dulce Amargo and other shows. Now she is working on a reality show called “Rica, Famosa Latina” Yul Burkle started his acting career in 1995 and recorded many soap operas in Venezuela and Miami like “Destino de Mujer”, “Inocente de ti”, “Santa Diabla” to mention a few. His last job was at Nickelodeon in the series Vikky RPM.

Scarlet and Yul met on the set of the RCTV Telenovela “Mis 3 hermanas”. They started as friends and later grew their relationship. On March 9, 2010, they became parents to Barbara Briana who was born in Miami. At this time Barbara is 7 years old and likes to dance and do karate. She recorded a few TV commercials. Yul takes her to school while Scarlet is in Los Angeles shooting a reality show. The grandparents from both sides of the family always share special time with her. Like many parents in Miami, they started raising Barbara Briana as an American girl with their Latin background. They talk to Barbara in Spanish because they think it is important for her to maintain their native language and culture. She is bilingual. They told Miami Kids magazine that they love to celebrate the traditions of

Christmas at home as a family. Yul is in charge of cooking dinner and Scarlet does the cleaning. Yul prepares every year, a very traditional Venezuelan dish called Acaya that is a stew with pork and chicken. He also makes “Ensalada de Gallina” or chicken salad in English that is a salad made with chicken, potatoes, carrots and mayonnaise and always the “Pernil”, that is pork in the oven. As you can see they are a very busy family with a hectic schedule, but for them the priority is the family, and to raise Briana as a happy kid full of love. They say the secret to being together as a couple for 15 years is to communicate, respect, and trust. Credits: Photography: Enrique Tubio Clothing: Blush. Boy Meets Girl



It is challenging for the average person to resist the commercialization of the holidays through the constant display of advertisements. However, there are many ways to control the impulse to buy and exceed your specific financial budget. For example, instead of surrounding yourself with the excesses at the mall,make a plan to volunteer with your children so that they can begin to develop a sense of helping others in need or those less for tunate than themselves. Incorporating a holiday routine of "giving back" can instill a lifelong value in them that is priceless. W h e n yo u t h i n k b a c k a n d reminisce about your own childhood experiences during the holidays, you may think about a special gift you received but typically, you recall the traditions and activities that your family enjoyed throughout the years. If

you can visualize your experiences during those times, you may think of how your home was decorated for the season or recall the smell of cinnamon or hot chocolate.You may remember specific holiday music played or think of activities you and your family enjoyed. Those are the memories that remain with you and influence how you should experience the holidays today. This is the time of year to focus on spending quality time with your family rather than the stress that the holidays can bring.

It is important to carry on those traditions with your own children. Our particular religious affiliations provide us with specific activities during this time of year. Our families have enjoyed other holiday traditions, whether volunteering, baking a specific dessert or bread, lighting candles, or singing par ticular songs together as a family.Those are the memories that will be meaningful to your children that they can carry for years to come.


Without any prompting, I asked these questions to my child. You can ask them too!! It's a great way to see what they think. Save the answers and read to them again when they are all grown up. By: Kenneth Richey Age 5

1. What is something I always say to you? ... I love you

13. What is my favorite food? Spaguetti with pesto sauce

2. What makes me happy? When I give you a hug and owers.

14. What do you enjoy doing with me?Play

3. What makes me sad? When I don't kiss you or hug you. 4. How do I make you laugh? When you say jokes 5. What was I like as a child? Play 6. How old am I? 20 7. How tall am I? 4 feet 8. What is my favorite thing to do? Play with me 9. What do I do when you're not home? Gym 10. What am I really good at? Cooking 11. What am I not very good at? Playing basketball 12. What do I do for a job? You work in your computer

15. What makes you proud of your mom? That all my friends know you 16. If your mom were a character, who would she be? Bat girl 17. What do you and your mom do together? Play and read 18. How are you and your mom the same? We have the same face 19. How are you and your mom different? Our Bodies 20. How do you know your mom loves you? Because she gives me too many kisses 21. What does your mom like most about your dad? Wen he gives you owers 22. Where is your mom's favorite place to go? Gym 23. How old was your Mom when you were born? 12

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Family Planning for the Holidays By Diane Landsberg When do you add activities to an already very busy schedule? What is time spent with relatives that you don't particularly enjoy being with? When do you hear too often from your young ones, “I want that (and that, and that, and that)? When do you spend more money than you have in your budget? When do you force your kids to wear outfits they don't like and are uncomfortable wearing? When do you keep young children awake way past their bedtime that insures meltdowns? When do you drive around seeking a parking space and joining a long line to pay? Can you figure out when and what time this is? The holidays can be a wonderful experience or a nightmare. Careful planning can help making this time of year positive instead of negative. I would suggest first having a discussion between the parents to insure they are on the same page with expectations and truly listening to one another, and acknowledging that “give and take” is always important for harmony in a marriage and family. These types of discussions are critical during the holidays. Be realistic on how much is to be spent on gifts and entertainment, how much time is spent with one another's families, and division of duties and responsibilities. Most of all, come to an agreement about what is truly important for the happiness and harmony of your family. Having a “family meeting” with your children and including them in some of the decisions during the hectic weeks may help insure that everyone is in agreement and relieve a lot of stress. I believe that the holidays can provide an opportunity to force us to slow down a little and focus on what is really important. Having young children color a picture to mail to a relative, neighbor, or friend can be very special. I think they are never too young to have theme select gently-used toys to donate to worthy charities for needy children. This allows a “teachable moment” to explain that there are some families that aren't as fortunate and how special they are to generously share toys with them. Question: When is a special time to eat delicious food, give a thoughtful gift, and spend time making memories that can last a lifetime? Answer: The Holidays!


My Silent Angel I was ge ng ready to spend another sleepless night watching over my silent a n ge l a s s h e l ay u n co n s c i o u s , intubated, with four racks of IV's p u m p i n g va r i o u s h e a r t , b l o o d pressure and seizure medicines into her, when a Catholic priest whom I had never met approached her bed. I assumed he was there to perform the sacraments of last rites on my silent angel. I looked at the priest, smiled and confidently told him that this would not be necessary, since she had never commi ed a single sin in her life. The kind priest looked at me, smiled back and said, “son I already know that and I am sure you are correct, but I am not here for that reason—I am only here to pray for her recovery.” My silent angel had been admi ed to the PICU at a well‐known Hospital severely dehydrated with pneumonia two weeks earlier on Valen ne's Day, and was only two days into her eventual 55 days stay there, when she suffered a cardiac arrest, had no pulse and the hospital went into “Code Blue”. They removed me from her bedside and closed the curtains around her, but I could s ll hear everything and got peaks of the nurse kneeling on her bed performing chest compressions, alterna ng with the respiratory therapist assigned to her that night. It was 3:00 in the morning and I have never been so scared in my life. My whole body was shaking, as I thought I was about to lose her.



RS is a gene c neurological disorder found in 1999 to be caused by a random gene muta on in the X chromosome and becomes apparent a er 6‐18 months of early normal development. The resul ng regression leads to lifelong impairments, including lost speech, seizures, scoliosis, breathing problems, anxiety and feeding tubes, and more than half of the children and women lose the ability to walk. Those diagnosed with RS require maximum assistance with basic daily ac vi es. But there is great hope. Re Syndrome has been shown to be reversible in a lab se ng, and scien sts have since been exploring many avenues to make this a reality for Julianne and other girls (and very rare cases of boys). To learn more about Re Syndrome, please visit: www.re syndrome.org. If you would like to support our personal fundraiser for Re Syndrome, please visit: www.strollathon.org/JulianneEspinosa2017

A er 20 minutes of CPR and two shots of the defibrillator machine they had wheeled in earlier, her heart rhythm returned to normal and her pulse came back. They kept the defibrillator pads on her for the next two weeks as her heart con nued to fail and the doctors struggled to stabilize her. My silent angel, my daughter, Julianne Maria Espinosa, has Re Syndrome (RS). Nobody knows why girls with RS o en die overnight in their sleep or become severely ill with pneumonia. Julianne was a beau ful li le girl who developed normally for almost 2 years... talking, playing with toys, paging through books, finger‐feeding herself, etc. only to regress and lose all her verbal, social and fine motor skills in a ma er of months. All our hopes & dreams of having a normal, healthy daughter were suddenly dashed as we were told she had Re Syndrome. Re Syndrome affects primarily girls and women and its symptoms are devasta ng. Imagine having au sm, cerebral palsy, Parkinson's, epilepsy and anxiety disorder all at the same me… this is Re Syndrome.




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For THE HoLI DAYS By Maru Geist Holidays are the best time of the year! They bring families together and with it, lots of excitement and beautiful memories as well. As families gather to celebrate cultural and religious traditions, dinner tables take center stage by showcasing family recipes and foods. Holiday time is also the reason for gaining weight due to high caloric foods and sweet treats galore. As a parent, you may find a bit hard to say no to all this temptation yourself! So, imagine what your kids will do! Here is a quick guide to keep that healthy commitment strong as the holiday season hits your door: First, continue teaching your kids about the different food groups. Have them understand that they have options to choose from in each group so that the combinations are possible and equally delicious. If kids can identify what they are eating, they can be led into making wiser choices even if they are at not at home.: Second: Whether you have relatives visiting your home or if you are attending holiday parties, make sure you get your kids involved in preparing healthy dishes. Some easy suggestions for protein are: chicken wings, mini-burgers, tofu, egg salad,

which are quick to prepare and will require supervision only if young kids need help setting up the oven for the wings or using the knives for chopping onions into the salad. Vegetables should be rinsed before being cooked or steamed; although a homemade tray of raw veggies such as carrots, cauliflower and broccoli florets are always fun to work with and a hit at every type of party. Tahini sauce, hummus and guacamole can replace complicated and high calorie d re s s i n g s . Swe et p otato casseroles and brown rice make rich carbohydrate side options. Nuts and seeds are great sources of good fat and can be strategically placed on your table, in between dishes. Third: With so much time off, plan an outing with the family to one of our great parks or beaches. Exercise is key to a healthy life and there is not a better idea than to enjoy our gorgeous weather holding hands with our loved ones. Swimming, running, or even going for a bike ride, will not only help you and your child keep your body active and burn those holiday calories but will also create fond memories to last a lifetime.

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When will my child walk? By Vanessa Strauss PT, DPT, C/NDT The famous ques on all new moms ask. And the answer is.... whenever they are ready. When your child has gained the strength, motor planning skills, endurance and confidence they will take those steps that will put a smile on your face as well as your baby's!!! Walking does not happen overnight. Your child has many stepping stones to take to help guide them in their gross motor progression. The following key motor skills will help your child achieve the important underlying skills of walking.

Stepping reflex: This is seen in full term newborns when the baby is held upright with feet supported on a surface taking steps (one foot and then the other). Reciprocal kicking: During the first month while on their back, your baby will demonstrate a reciprocal kicking pa ern with his/her legs. Tummy me: This skill helps increase neck strength so your child can look up and view his/her environment that will be needed in walking to scan his/her surroundings. Si ng independently: This skill begins around 6 months and increases trunk balance and strength. Reaching for toys to either side increases trunk rota on, another component of walking. Crawling: Beginning around 8 months, this skill strengthens a child's core and posture musculature, arms and legs. It will help the child with reciprocal movement as seen in walking. Pull to stand: Around 9‐10 months old a child will look for all furniture or any objects to help pull him or herself to standing, preparing them to be upright as we are in walking. Cruising: At 10 months old your child will start to take steps to both sides while holding on with their hands. Walking: This skill can begin at 9 months of age and up to 16 months. Please remember every child is different and advances at his or her own gross motor skill meline. Stay calm and allow your child to develop the skills needed when they are ready. Below are a few signs when it is recommended to speak with your pediatrician:   

My child will not take weight through his/her legs My child is unable to put his or her foot down and only uses their toes Your child is 17‐18 months old and does not demonstrate signs of wan ng to walk


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THE BILTMORE BALL TO BENEFIT THE CORAL GABLES COMMUNITY FOUNDATION MAKES MEMORIES OF MADRID Coral Gables Community Foundation Chair Elect and Executive Director, Gala Co-Chairs and Ball Honorees,

The Biltmore Ball to benefit the Coral Gables Community Foundation presented by Paul & Swanee DiMare was held October 20th at The Biltmore. Co-chaired by Sissy DeMaria and Mary Young, Miami’s philanthropic, civic and business influencers turned out in Spanish flare to celebrate the distinguished honorees and the Foundation’s accomplishments.

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Miami Kids Magazine was a proud sponsor of the Miami Book Fair 2017 November 12-19 was the Miami Book Fair at Miami Dade College W o l f s o n C a m p u s i n d o w n t o w n M i a m i . Book readings, panels, book signings, kids activities, arts and crafts, and food booths were some of the many attractions at the Fair. "Sharky", the Miami Kids Mascot was greeting and taking pictures with kids that attended the event.

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ver 500 philanthropists and community leaders attended the 19th Annual Guardians of the Children Luncheon benefiting Holtz Children’s Hospital at the JW Marriott Marquis Friday, Nov. 17 in downtown Miami. Thanks to an incredible show of philanthropic support, the luncheon raised more than $600,000 for Holtz Children’s, who is among the nation’s top children’s hospitals in 2017-18, according to U.S. News & World Report. The event featured a cocktail reception and a Saks Fifth Avenue Dadeland fashion show where guests enjoyed their Fall 2017 and Resort 2018 Collections.

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iami Children’s Health System has changed its name to align the health system with the branding and identity of its flagship, Nicklaus Children’s Hospital. The health system became Nicklaus Children’s Health System on November 1, 2017 in recognition of the continued support from the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation and its founders, golf icon Jack Nicklaus and his wife Barbara. The hospital became Nicklaus Children’s in 2015, following a multi-million-dollar commitment from the Nicklaus family and its foundation.


he system-wide re-branding was unveiled at the Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Foundation’s annual Diamond Ball, one of South Florida’s most anticipated galas of the year. The event gathers the most influential philanthropists, community leaders and celebrities to celebrate the mission of helping the children and families of Nicklaus Children’s Hospital. Jack and Barbara Nicklaus were in attendance.

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Holiday Celebrations! Education, Health, Art, Sports, Activities for the family, and more.

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Holiday Celebrations! Education, Health, Art, Sports, Activities for the family, and more.

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