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“Back to School” Issue Child Support & Timesharing in Florida Faces Changes

Mercy B. Pina-Brito

How to Help Your Child

Succeed in School A kids’ stuff magazine

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“Back to Sch ool” Issue Child Support & Timesharing in Florida Faces Changes

How to Help Your Child

A kids’ stuff


Succeed in School

Mercy B. Pina-Brito

Visit one of their location Palmett o s in Kendall Bay and Merrick , Park August 2016 - September 2016 Volume 6 - Issue Thirty Six



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Homework Tips

Kids are more successful in school when parents take an active interest in their homework — it shows kids that what they do is important. Of course, helping with homework shouldn't mean spending hours hunched over a desk. Parents can be supportive by demonstrating study and organization skills, explaining a tricky problem, or just encouraging kids to take a break. And who knows? Parents might even learn a thing or two! Here are some tips to guide the way: Know the teachers — and what they're looking for. Attend school events, such as parent-teacher conferences, to meet your child's teachers. Ask about their homework policies and how you should be involved.

Make sure kids do their own work. They won't learn if they don't think for themselves and make their own mistakes. Parents can make suggestions and help with directions. But it's a kid's job to do the learning.

Set up a homework-friendly area. Make sure kids have a well-lit place to complete homework. Keep supplies — paper, pencils, glue, scissors — within reach.

Be a motivator and monitor. Ask about assignments, quizzes, and tests. Give encouragement, check completed homework, and make yourself available for questions and concerns.

Schedule a regular study time. Some kids work best in the afternoon, following a snack and play period; others may prefer to wait until after dinner.

Set a good example. Do your kids ever see you diligently balancing your budget or reading a book? Kids are more likely to follow their parents' examples than their advice.

Help them make a plan. On heavy homework nights or when there's an especially hefty assignment to tackle, encourage your child break up the work into manageable chunks. Create a work schedule for the night if necessary — and take time for a 15-minute break every hour, if possible. Keep distractions to a minimum. This means no TV, loud music, or phone calls. (Occasionally, though, a phone call to a classmate about an assignment can be helpful.)

Praise their work and efforts. Post an aced test or art project on the refrigerator. Mention academic achievements to relatives. If there are continuing problems with homework, get help. Talk about it with your child's teacher. Some kids have trouble seeing the board and may need glasses; others might need an evaluation for a learning problem or attention disorder.

Our SM staff loves to put together the Back to School issue. Our minds go into another direction as we think of the upcoming season, the children going back to school and all the topics we put together for our readers to enjoy. Now that these crazy summer days are getting calmer, we start to get back on track with exercise, work schedule and taking things a bit slower than we do when the kiddos are out of school. A new school year is awaiting and the children are getting older, busier and changing before our eyes. Every time the kids go back to school, I can’t help but cherish the memories we made during the summer, whether by traveling to a new place or simply by staying home and enjoying our home life. I wish all you parents a happy new school year and hope you get all the rest you deserve!

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•Wear mosquito repellant that is safe for pregnant women. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency provides information on repellants. •Dump standing water (such as children’s swimming pools and rain water in flower pots and old tires) where mosquitoes are known to breed. 4. Get a blood test if you are pregnant, or have either lived in or traveled to areas where Zika is active. In addition to blood tests, an ultrasound can show if the baby is developing normally. If you don’t live in a Zika-affected area and have not traveled there, you do not need a blood test, even if you are pregnant. 5. Talk with your doctor because the situation is changing. Health experts are studying the possible link between Zika and microcephaly. As more information is known, guidelines could change. The CDC’s web site is a good place to find the most current updates.


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Dr. Elaine Fogel Schneider, Ph.D. With all the horrific events taking place in our county for complete disregard of human life, now, more than ever, every parent needs to know what signs to look for to determine if their children are showing signs of anxiety and stress and what they, as parents, can do about it. Dr. Elaine Fogel Schneider, author of her recent book 7 Strategies for Raising Calm, Inspired, & Successful Children, says "even small changes can have an enormous impact on a child’s feelings of safety and security. Recognition of parental stress is a severe stressor for children, as is death or the loss of a loved one." Here are some signs of unresolved stress in children: • Physical - decreased appetite; headache; nightmares; new or recurrent bedwetting; onset of stuttering; upset stomach or stomach pain; new or recurrent bedwetting; other physical symptoms with no physical illness. • Emotional or Behavioral - anxiety; worry; inability to relax; new or recurring fears; clinging and unwilling to let parent/or significant person out of sight; anger; crying; questioning; whining; aggressive behavior; regression to behavior of earlier developmental stage; unwillingness to participate in family or school activities. 14

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2. Provide affection and deep hugs to your child and tell him or her how much you care and love him or her and that he or she is safe. 3. Provide calm and mindful time with your child. Take time

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I helped my kids in school and my kids really did need help. School today is hard! I think it is so much harder than when I went to school. I got into the University of Florida without a single AP class. I took the SAT one time. I didn’t need or receive any help from my parents. The school workload today is different and you may want to consider how you can help your child succeed in school without, of course, doing their work for them.

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Most of what I helped my kids with (other than math–math is so hard) was understanding the disciplines of success for any endeavor–school, college, work, sports, etc. Three musts for success in life and all of the above are as follows:


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1. Must Manage Time Well The most recent numbers from the National Center for Educational Statistics reveal that kids spend, on average, just over 33 hours a week at school. And that doesn’t even include the time they spend doing homework—an estimated 2-4 hours per week in elementary and middle school and as much as 17.5 hours per week in high school. That means your child will be spending an average of 35-51 hours each week simply attending school and doing the assigned homework. That is a lot of time! I shared that with my kids. I told them that school was a full-time job and if they treated it as such they would do well. When my kids came home with a bad grade and launched into a looong, detailed explanation of how it happened, complaining that they simply “didn’t have enough time” to study well for their test. I gave them a friendly reminder along the lines of, “Hmm, didn’t I see you playing on your phone and watching TV and dilly-daddling around your room the night before the test? Maybe you could have used that time to study.” If we don’t see our kids managing their time well, it’s critical that we point it out and be a source of encouragement (hopefully not nagging!) moving forward. 2. Must Make School a Top Priority In our family, our list of priorities goes like this: God, Family, School, Extracurricular Commitments, Friends. So when things get busy, the first things to go in our kids’ lives are time hanging out with friends and their extracurriculars. The three things that we never sacrifice are time with the Lord, time with family, and time on schoolwork. I’ll never forget the year my son won an award in 3rd grade for being “the fastest” to get his work done in class. To this day, I believe it’s because it had been instilled in his mind that getting his school work done came before playing outside. And getting outside was his goal, so he learned to finish fast! It’s so important to prioritize things for your family from the start so your kids know what is expected and can make choices that respect those priorities. 3. Must Put in their Best Effort When kids view school as their job, they’ll quickly realize that more than just minimum effort is required. But if you don’t enforce the effort they may let it slide. When I found my kids sliding I would remind them that we want to give 110%. We want to give 100% because that is expected. Then we want to give an extra 10% for the Lord. That is going beyond what is expected and delighting God with our efforts. When my kids were in their teens they went to Kanakuk camp. The very first year they went, at the end of camp, I went to the closing program. Both my girls won the same award–the 110% award. Their counselors independently said the same thing–your daughter went above and beyond everything I asked of her. The girls were just used to giving that level of effort. As parents, we should be helping our children build a foundation now that will help them succeed for the rest of their lives, and a strong work ethic is valued throughout a person’s life! Encourage your child to give schoolwork their all. Ultimately, our kids have to understand that the more they put into it, the more they’ll get out of it. © 2016, Susan Merrill. All rights reserved. Originally published at

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School Safety by Laurie Berdahl, MD & Brian D. Johnson, PhD

As another school year approaches, many parents worry more about a school’s safety than its academic reputation. Here are some tips for school-related safety as you do back-to-school planning. Discuss safety positively. For small children, say you’re glad they’re old enough to talk about what all kids need to know to stay safe and how proud you are that they’re learning it, but don’t use scare tactics. With teens, explain specific risks of unsafe behaviors that you want them to avoid because you care.

Plan safely going to and from school To prevent accidents and crime, children should be supervised while walking or biking until at least age ten. When older, there is still safety in numbers, so it’s best to walk or bike in groups. Decide and practice the route, avoiding isolated back roads, alleys, and parks, walking on sidewalks or several feet from the street, and using existing crossing guard intersections. Designate safe places to go if scared, like well-known neighbors and stores. If you drive your children to class or after-school activities, check your school’s pick-up policy, making sure that only authorized people can pick up your kids. Discuss where they can or can’t go after school, and whom teens can drive with. When younger children take a school bus, have a trusted adult watch them while waiting at the stop and then meet them there to walk home. Have older kids wait for buses and walk home in groups, staying away from people in cars no matter what they say. 18

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Plan safe after-school time The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that preteen children not come home to empty houses, but there are also risks for teens. Keys should be hidden before entering and doors locked afterwards. Discuss handling emergencies and phone calls (tell callers that you can’t come to the phone right now). They should never open the door for people except preapproved, trusted adults or friends. Consider neighborhood safety, how trustworthy and safety-savvy your children are, and how your kids feel about coming home alone before deciding. Set and monitor rules for activities and having friends over, keeping in mind that these unsupervised hours are high-risk times for teen substance use and sexual activity.

Talk about bullying Bullying causes significant harm, destroys the sense of school safety for victims and bystanders, and increases risks of school and societal violence. Ask your kids if they know what bullying is and add your knowledge. State that bullying is never OK or a victim’s fault, and that you want to know if it happens to them because kids can’t be expected to be able to stop it alone and you’ll decide what to do together.

Discuss other ways to prevent violence at School Schools and students prevent violence when they: * Make all kids feel accepted, valued, and supported. * Stop bullying from happening. * Encourage telling officials when a student is in distress (depressed, angry, isolated, getting bullied) and taking appropriate action to help the student. * Encourage telling officials when hearing about students planning to hurt themselves or others—it isn’t tattling but helpful to the student and school. * Have school resource officers forming positive relationships with at-risk students. * Teach and promote life skills in classes and clubs, such as nonaggressive conflict and anger resolution, valuing diversity and fighting hate, coping with adversity, and nonviolent problem solving. Much of school violence is gang-related. Dissuade at-risk kids from joining by discussing dangers starting in early grade school. Use community intervention programs for kids with friends or family who are in gangs, or if a child with behavior problems has contact with gang members. Before school starts, discuss other safety topics such as the need for adult supervision at school or on school grounds at all times, teen party safety, and theft prevention (keeping expensive items, wallets, and cash hidden to avoid attracting attention). Also ask about your school’s safety, emergency, antibullying, and gang policies and plans. Then you can worry less about their safety, leaving you more time to worry about other things, like whether they’re doing their homework!

Drs. Berdahl and Johnson are authors of the new book, WARNING SIGNS: How to Protect Your Kids From Becoming Victims or Perpetrators of Violence and Aggression, available now at bookstores and online. Find parenting resources, and more about WARNING SIGNS and their previous award-winning book, 7 Skills for Parenting Success at http://www. August 2016 - September 2016

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Croup Croup is a condition that causes an inflammation of the upper airways — the voice box (larynx) and windpipe (trachea). It often leads to a barking cough or hoarseness, especially when a child cries. Most cases of croup are caused by viruses, usually parainfluenza virus and sometimes adenovirus or respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). Viral croup is most common — and symptoms are most severe — in children 6 months to 3 years old, but can affect older kids too. Some children are more prone to developing croup when they get a viral upper respiratory infection. Most cases of viral croup are mild and can be treated at home. Rarely, croup can be severe and even life threatening. The term spasmodic croup refers to a type of croup that develops quickly and may happen in a child with a mild cold. The barking cough usually begins at night and is not accompanied by fever. Spasmodic croup has a tendency to come back again (recur). Treatment of symptoms is the same for either form of croup. Signs and Symptoms At first, a child may have cold symptoms, like a stuffy or runny nose and a fever. As the upper airway (the lining of the windpipe and the voice box) becomes more inflamed and swollen, the child may become hoarse, with a harsh, barking cough. This loud cough, which is characteristic of croup, often sounds like the barking of a seal. If the upper airway continues to swell, it becomes even more difficult for a child to breathe, and you may hear a high-pitched or squeaking noise during inhalation (called stridor). A child also might breathe very fast or have retractions (when the skin between the ribs pulls in during breathing). In the most serious cases, a child may appear pale or have a bluish color around the mouth due to a lack of oxygen. 22

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Symptoms of croup are often worse at night and when children are upset or crying. Besides the effects on the upper airway, the viruses that cause croup can cause inflammation farther down the airway and affect the bronchi (large breathing tubes that connect to the windpipe). Contagiousness Outbreaks of croup tend to occur in the fall and early winter when the viruses that cause it peak. Many children who come in contact with the viruses that cause croup will not get croup, but will instead have symptoms of a common cold. Diagnosis Doctors can usually diagnose croup by listening for the telltale barking cough and stridor. They will also ask if your child has had any recent illnesses with a fever, runny nose, and congestion, and if your child has a history of croup or upper airway problems. If a child's croup is severe and slow to respond to treatment, a neck X-ray may be done to rule out any other reasons for the breathing difficulty, such as a foreign object lodged in the throat, a peritonsillar abscess (collection of pus at the back of the mouth), or epiglottitis (a inflammation of the epiglottis, the flap of tissue that covers the windpipe). An X-ray of a child with croup usually will show the top of the airway narrowing to a point, which doctors call a "steeple sign." Treatment Most, though not all, cases of viral croup are mild. Breathing in moist air helps most kids feel better, and ibuprofen or acetaminophen (only in children over 6 months old) can make them more comfortable. As with most illnesses, rest and plenty of fluids are recommended. The best way to expose your child to moist air is to use a coolmist humidifier or run a hot shower to create a steam-filled bathroom where you can sit with your child for 10 minutes. Breathing in the mist will sometimes stop a child from severe coughing. In the cooler months, taking your child outside for a few minutes to breath in the cool air can ease symptoms. You also can try taking your child for a drive with the car windows slightly lowered.

Consider sleeping overnight in the same room with your child to provide close observation. If you cannot break your child's fast breathing and croupy cough, call your doctor or seek medical attention as soon as possible. Medical professionals will evaluate your child if the croup appears serious or there is a suspicion of airway blockage. Doctors often treat croup with steroids to decrease airway swelling. For severe cases, doctors will give a breathing treatment that contains epinephrine (adrenalin). This reduces swelling in the airway quickly. Oxygen also might be given, and sometimes a child with croup will remain in the hospital overnight for observation. Duration Croup symptoms generally peak 2 to 3 days after the symptoms of the viral infection begin. Viral croup usually lasts 3 to 7 days. Complications The vast majority of children recover from croup with no complications. Rarely, a child can develop a bacterial infection of the upper airway, or pneumonia. Dehydration may follow inadequate fluid intake. Children who were born prematurely or who have a history of lung disease (such as asthma) or neuromuscular disease (like cerebral palsy) are more likely to develop severe croup symptoms and often require hospitalization. Still, croup rarely causes any long-term complications. Prevention Frequent hand washing and avoiding contact with people who have respiratory infections are the best ways to prevent spreading the viruses that cause croup. When to Call the Doctor

Immediately call your doctor or get medical attention if your child has: difficulty breathing, including rapid or labored breathing; retractions: when the skin between the ribs pulls in with each breath; stridor: high-pitched or squeaking noise when inhaling; a pale or bluish color around the mouth; drooling or difficulty swallowing; a fatigued appearance; signs of dehydration (including a dry or sticky mouth, few or no tears, sunken eyes, thirst, no urine or only a little dark yellow urine for 8-12 hours, extreme tiredness); a very sick appearance.

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Financial Woes? How to Talk to Kids When Money Is Tight Even though the economy has largely bounced back after the recent recession, some families were hit really hard. It can take time for things to get better, even after the economy is back on track — so money troubles are still a fact of life for many families.

Remind yourself that it's OK to reject pleas and set limits. You're not depriving your children — you're teaching them important lessons about delaying gratification, earning treats and rewards, and how family finances work. After all, food and rent come before toys.

How should parents explain this to their fashion-conscious middle-school kids? How about teens with dreams of outof-state college or a new car?

When you're ready, tell your child that you cannot buy new toys right now, but perhaps the toys can be put on a wish list for the next birthday, Christmas, Hanukkah, or other giftgiving occasion.

What to Say Be honest with your children — but don't tell them more than they need to know. Avoid overloading older kids with too many details or worries that might scare them. Stick to brief explanations and be clear about changes made to the family budget. Even young kids are brand- and consumer-aware these days, so they might not be happy to keep scaling back on their treats or activities. To encourage budgeting behavior, offer incentives to get kids on board. Knowing what you want to say, what changes will be made (or kept) — and how those changes will affect each child — can help make this a little easier. Talking to Younger Kids Ali is 6. Her best friend just got a new doll for her birthday — the expensive kind that you know you can’t afford. Ali starts to whine, “I never get anything I want. It’s not fair…” It’s hard to keep your cool when you’re working hard to keep the family afloat or stressed out because the bills are piling up. Take a deep breath and stay calm. If necessary, tell your child that you’ll talk about it later, then be sure to set aside time to do so. 28

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If you can afford it, offer a small reward in exchange for good behavior or keeping the bedroom straight. Short-term rewards, such as stickers or tokens, can keep younger kids motivated. Financial incentives can help older kids earn money toward their goals while teaching them valuable lessons about saving. Talking to Preteens Catelyn, 11, is going to another birthday party. It's a sleepover and she's given you a list — birthday gift for her friend, new pajamas, and a new sleeping bag. She insists her friends will all laugh at her if she brings the old sleeping bag again — it's so last year. And 12-year-old Brandon wants a new skateboard and those cool new skate shoes. How do you tell them that your family can't afford all of these new things without scaring them? Kids this age may not be interested in the global economy or why money is tight, but they can be told that there is a limited amount of money in the family budget. Do not cave into their every whim, and instead encourage kids to plan ahead for new purchases. Preteens are old enough to save money from a weekly allowance or earn it by doing chores around the house, raking leaves, or shoveling snow around the neighborhood.

When talking to your kids, let them know that they’re not alone in their desires. Say how you feel when you see something that you want, but can’t purchase it right away. Explain that everyone in the family has to cut down on spending — including you — and remind them that, if they’re motivated, you can work together to help them try to earn money and work toward their goals. Talking to Teenagers Jaime, 16, needs a car to drive to school. Or does he? He may roll his eyes when you tell him that you walked or rode a bus to school, but challenging him to find a cost-effective, environmentally friendly way to get around town may appeal to his ambition of living a more "green" lifestyle. Likewise, suggesting that he save up for that big-ticket item — and seeing his goal through — will help him feel more empowered as he moves toward adulthood. Through part-time jobs or regular babysitting, teens can earn money outside the home and cover many of their own expenses. Making Rules Stick Family meetings are a great way to discuss money rules, even if they're temporary until family finances are in better shape. Explain the new rules and also new opportunities for earning privileges and treats. Make it fun: challenge kids to come up with family-friendly, cost-effective activities that everyone will enjoy. Once you've had "the talk" with your kids, keep a list posted — perhaps on the refrigerator door — of the new house rules so that everyone knows what is expected of them. What Else You Can Do Manage stress levels. Get support — yours is not the only family going through hard times. Try joining a support group or other social network in your area. Support groups are offered through local hospitals, churches, synagogues, libraries, and schools. If you feel that stress or anxiety is really starting to take its toll, tell your doctor, who may be able to put you in touch with counselors or suggest therapeutic strategies — such as relaxation techniques, exercise, or yoga — that can help you feel better and learn to manage your stress.Learn to say "no." Sometimes parents say "yes" to their kids before figuring out how they'll afford a new expense. Even if you agreed to something, you can explain that you made a mistake and — in order to be a financially responsible family — everyone must give up certain treats for a while. Explore fun, low-cost activities. Challenge your family to create memories without visiting a mall or a store. Some ideas: bike riding together, going to a park, visiting yard sales, free movie nights, concerts, library events, museums and other local art, cultural, or sporting events. Get kids involved. Do kids get an allowance they can save up? Can they earn money or points toward back-to-school items? Older kids might look into helping pay for college by saving money or applying for scholarships, loans, or grants. Encouraging kids to find creative ways to save or make money not only helps them feel empowered — it helps them feel like they're doing their part to help out. August 2016 - September 2016

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Books for All Ages! Flat Stanley: His Original Adventure!

When Stanley Lambchop wakes up one morning, his brother, Arthur, is yelling. A bulletin board fell on Stanley during the night, and now he is only half an inch thick!

Stink...The Incredible Shrinking Kid!

Shrink, shrank, shrunk! In honor of Judy Moody's younger brother, the creators of the award-winning series have put themselves in a very Stink-y mood — proving, once and for all, that you're only as short as you feel.

The Mouse and the Motorcycle!

A motorcycle riding mouse named Ralph will capture children's hearts and imaginations in the three books that make up this collection. Readers first meet young Ralph in his home at the Mountain View Inn, where he dreams of adventures beyond his tiny mouse hole. Ralph meets a young hotel guest named Keith with a toy motorcycle and exciting things start happening.

Fourth Grade Rats

First grade babies! Second grade cats! Third grade angels! Fourth grade rats!According to Joey, fourth grade rats aren’t afraid of spiders, don’t carry babyish lunch boxes, and they don’t cry. What rats do is push little kids off the swings, say no to their mothers, and eat real meat (like baloney). 30

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The BFG is no ordinary bone-crunching giant. He is far too nice and jumbly. It's lucky for Sophie that he is. Had she been carried off in the middle of the night by the Bloodbottler, or any of the other giants—rather than the BFG—she would have soon become breakfast. When Sophie hears that the giants are flush-bunking off to England to swollomp a few nice little chiddlers, she decides she must stop them once and for all. And the BFG is going to help her!

Because of Winn-Dixie

When ten-year-old India Opal Buloni moves to Naomi, Florida, with her preacher father, she doesn't know what to expect. She is lonely at first--that is until she meets Winn-Dixie, a stray dog who helps her make some unusual friends. Because of WinnDixie, Opal begins to let go of some of her sadness and finds she has a whole lot to be thankful for.

The Rainbow Fish

Rainbow Fish will enchant even the youngest child with his silver scales and heart of gold in this award-winning book about the beautiful fish who learned to share his most prized possession.

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Family Blues? 12 Tips to Help Build

Unbreakable Blended Families First, get clear on what you need from your spouse. It’s key to be candid with your partner. You need a solid foundation of trust and mutual respect to maintain a lasting relationship and to support your collective children as well.

It can be tricky to navigate the unfamiliar dynamics of a blended family, but helping your kids, your new in-laws, and your new partner all get along is well worth the effort. Here, I share how you can spend the summer setting up your “Blended Family Best Practices” so your clan will be getting along great by fall. By Leaha Mattinson

If you’re part of a blended family, you know: Navigating the politics of new spouses, new stepsiblings, and new sets of in-laws can be tough. In the summer it’s even tougher. When school’s in session, parents and kids are busy and overscheduled, so it’s easy to brush faulty family dynamics under the rug. But this time of year, tensions escalate along with the mercury. Between the kids being out of school, family vacations, and unwelcome input from babysitting inlaws, everyone reaches the boiling point, fast. While blended families are far from rare, it’s shocking how few of them set up standards and rules to live by. In the summer this oversight really makes itself known. The sheer amount of togetherness shines a light on how disconnected, unhappy, and dysfunctional blended families can be when they don’t deliberately set up specific operating principles. The three big mistakes blended families most often make are: setting ineffective ground rules, failing to respect boundaries, and not effectively managing the changes that inevitably happen when families merge. These oversights set off chain reactions of negativity that cause friction, hurt, and confusion. If this describes your blended family, I suggest using this summer as a trial run for establishing a thoughtful set of rules to live by together. After all, you’ll have plenty of quality time to reset less-than-perfect dynamics and move forward as a team. Keep reading for 12 ways to make sure your blended family finds the harmony you’re hoping for. 32

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I recommend communicating often with your partner and being rigorously honest as you listen to and try to understand their needs. Remember also that what you both needed five years ago from each other is likely different from what you need today. And keep checking in throughout the year, making sure to appreciate each other and cherish your relationship together. Reflect on your values as a family. Figuring out what you want to stand for is the first step in successfully blending a family. Have a family discussion about the key values you want to live by as a newly minted team. Some values to get you started are: honesty, togetherness, fairness, respect for each other, and so forth. Create ground rules together and encourage buy-in. Next, hold a family meeting and figure out the rules your blended family will operate under. For example: Make your bed in the morning, say “please” and “thank you,” eat dinner as a family whenever possible, no cell phones at the table, own up to your mistakes, apologize if you hurt someone. Let everyone give input into these ground rules and be respectful of everyone’s needs. When you have established your family ground rules, write them into a family charter and give everyone a copy. If there are ground rules that some members can’t agree on, put them in a jar and come back to them in a week or two to see if anything has changed. Make sure the adults are a collaborative unit for the kids. All adult members of the child-rearing team should work together for the good of the children. This can be tricky for non-residing stepparents and grandparents, aunts and uncles, etc., but it truly does take a village to raise kids. So try to enforce ground rules, protect all boundaries, and keep squabbles, hurt feelings, and disagreements out of the process.

If a member of the team simply won’t cooperate or carries a grudge—perhaps a bitter parent or in-law—don’t force direct communication. Instead, use an intermediary to relay information and try not to take it personally. The moment they’re ready to cooperate, respond immediately with welcoming kindness. Remember that resentment and bitterness delays the healing of the unit. This is about the kids. Allow each family member to establish their own boundaries… A boundary is a limit that exists to honor your own needs, and everyone deserves to lay out their boundaries and have others respect them. I have a boundary that no one swears at me. Maybe you have a boundary that no one borrows your car without permission. Let every family member list their boundaries so everyone knows each other’s wishes. …and respect everyone’s boundaries. Everyone deserves to have their boundaries respected and adhered to, even the kids. I urge families to make a game out of it, by saying “ouch” whenever someone crosses the line. This technique teaches children to respect each other from a young age and creates a “shorthand” language to keep each family member in check. Help grandparents adjust to new dynamics. A growing family can rearrange the status quo, in a way that often results in hurt feelings, coalitions, and drama. For example, adding a new stepmom to a family may make Grandma—a trusted advisor—feel that her input is no longer valued. It is vital to address these boundary shifts when they happen. Assure Grandma that her wisdom is still appreciated, but you and your partner will be making the major family decisions. It takes a long time to repair damaged interfamily relationships, so do your best to gently reinforce new boundaries before they become a problem. And be sure to invite grandparents to your summer cookouts or beach days so they feel included. A little graciousness can go a long way. Don’t bestow special privileges on certain children (thus shortchanging others). Sadly, the stereotype of an unwanted stepchild is a heartbreaking reality for many children, and the effects of being left out or treated as “less than” can last a lifetime. No matter what, strive to treat all your children with the same love, compassion, and care. In other words everyone gets to go to the fun summer camp—not just one lucky child. (If you can’t afford to send all the kids, it’s better to send none of them.) It’s not that everyone has to do the exact same activities, but the value of activities should be equal or at least close to equal. Yes, I mean cost-wise but also in terms of how much the kids value the activity. Believe me: Mom’s kids notice when Stepdad’s kids get bigger allowances, more clothes, and more exciting vacations. They will remember for a lifetime, in fact.

Give immediate rewards when kids do the right thing. We’re hardwired to respond to positive feedback, so a simple rewards-based system encourages your children to follow ground rules and respect everyone’s boundaries. If my children clean up after themselves, I respond with an enthusiastic, “Thanks, guys! Wow, this place looks great!” It rewards them and reinforces the ground rule of keeping a clean home. But larger rewards in the summertime could also be going out for ice cream, having a picnic by the lake, or a day riding bikes at a park. And make sure the “reward” resonates with the receiver. Different people are motivated by different things; affection, gifts, and food are just a few examples. Reinforce good behavior in your children by tailoring the rewards to the specific child you hope to encourage. For example, let your television-loving son pick the film for outdoor movie night as a reward for watering the garden. Work to build trust among all family members. All families work if they come from a place of mutual respect and trust. Parents should be in charge of this ongoing mission. To build trust with all of your family members, be impeccable with your word. In short, this means honoring promises you make to your kids. For example, if you promise them a trip to a theme park in exchange for one month of completing their chores, you must fulfill your part of the agreement. Going back on your promises (even small ones) teaches others that you waver and dissolves your trustworthiness. But fulfilling agreements, being candid and truthful at all times, and adhering to the boundaries you’ve all agreed upon builds mutual respect and trust among everyone. Check in with family members regularly and reassess rules. As the summer passes, revisit your charter and encourage each family member to assess whether they’re fulfilling their part of the family vision. Make sure that all ground rules are still relevant and update each other about new boundaries that need to be respected. Every family is changing all the time, so be willing to evolve and compromise right along with it. Even though belonging to a blended family can be tricky, you can make it work and make it work well. If everyone communicates, listens, and has their hearts in the right place, you can overcome typical challenges and growing pains, and can finally truly become one big happy family—or at least one big functional family. ### About the Author: Leaha Mattinson, author of Silver Linings, is using her professional training as a life coach and change management specialist to develop a mental and physical regimen to stop the onset of Huntington’s disease. She has helped thousands of individuals find solutions to their personal problems and works with CEOs and senior managers to build leaders, address issues of workplace conflict, and ensure positive change. Leaha is beating the odds through proven, simple “wellness strategies” that anyone can achieve. She shares her strategies in her book and on her website at

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Child Support & Timesharing in Florida Faces


Before 2008, custody and primary residence with a child’s mother was presumed in the best interest of the minor child and preferred by the Courts. Due to strong lobbying efforts in favor of tipping the scale to fathers, the concept of “primary residential” and “shared parental responsibility” came to be. Thereafter, a downward deviation to child support was permitted depending on the amount of overnights the minor child spent with the non-residential parent. The deviation started at 20% and then was progressively changed until it is permitted for any arrangement. These changes in the law have made timesharing a hot subject in latter years motivating the non-residential parent to seek more time with their child(ren) to request a reduction in child support. Non-residential parents who realistically can not care for the minor child(ren) because of their living arrangements or work schedule actually push for more time just to get a reduction in child support. In most cases, after the proceedings are complete, the non-residential parent fails to follow through with the timesharing schedule and the residential parent, typically mothers, are faced with the added expense of supporting the minor child on their own. Unfortunately, these matters rarely are brought up to the Courts to be revisited due to the time and expense involved. Many parents end up working two and three jobs to make ends meet while the minor child is struggling in school and at home due to the absence of both parents. The recent push is to permit the Court to presume that 50/50 timesharing is in the best interest of the child. The new proposed changes were the subject of hot debate in the legislature this spring where the timesharing issue and a related one regarding strict formulas for calculating alimony were being considered. The bill (SB 668) was eventually vetoed by Governor Scott on April 15, 2016 but supporters believe another version like it will be reintroduced next session. Child support and timesharing matters are reviewable at any time and modification may be sought with sufficient grounds. Ms. Pina-Brito is a Family Law Attorney practicing in Miami/Ft Lauderdale. Ms Pina-Brito and her staff are fully bilingual and can assist you in revisiting your current timesharing/support arrangement. Do not hesitate to contact us for further assistance. Mercy B. Pina-Brito born and raised in South Florida received her Bachelor in Political Science from Florida International University in 1992 and her JD from Nova Southeastern University-Shepard Broad College of Law in 1998. Ms. Pina-Brito’s practice focuses mostly in Real Estate and Association, Insurance, Family and Bankruptcy law and is an active trial lawyer. Ms. Pina-Brito is also a Supreme Court certified mediator. Born to immigrant parents she has fought to make her mark in the legal community. Ms. Pina-Brito began her career in the Dade State Attorney’s Office as a legal intern handling criminal trials under the supervision of the State Attorney Katherine Fernandez-Rundle and her staff Assistant State Attorneys. Thereafter, she worked for several prominent law firms as a civil litigator in Miami, Florida until she decided to open her own firm in 2006. Throughout her career, Ms. Pina-Brito has handled several matters from pre-claim assist, through trial and appeal. Ms. Pina-Brito is admitted to practice in both the State of Florida and Texas, the Southern District of Florida, Bankruptcy Court in the Southern District, the Middle District of Florida, Bankruptcy Court in the Middle District, and the United States Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. In addition to running a practice and raising two minor children, Ms. Pina-Brito tries to return her good fortune to the community by providing legal services to low-income people through Pro Bono programs sponsored by organizations such as Dade Legal Aid, the Bankruptcy Bar Association and the Cuban American Bar Association of which she is a member. Ms. Pina-Brito has also taught aspiring professionals and has been published by more than one reputable publication. Ms. Pina-Brito is fluent in both English and Spanish. Success Stories: Ms. Pina-Brito’s has litigated and successfully concluded several cases in a number of practice areas both at the Federal and State levels. One of the most successful, was a jury verdict in an employment matter in the 11th Judicial Circuit styled Perez v. Quest Security Services, Inc., Case No.: 03-20626 CA 13 wherein she obtained a 3.5 million judgment against the Defendants. Other memorable cases include H&J Paving of Florida, Inc. v. Nextel Inc., 849 So. 2d 1099 (Fla. 3rd DCA), and Gill Consulting Engineers v. MDC, 33 F Supp. 2d 1305 (2004).


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Care Resource recognizes that no matter what grade your child is about to enter, there’s the yearly back-to-school checklist of to-dos like shopping for school supplies, filling out permission forms and, of course, scheduling your child’s pediatric visit at Care Resource. In recognition of the importance of children’s health, from July 1 to September 30, 2016, new pediatric patients without health insurance may receive a free comprehensive check-up and required vaccinations for school. Covered vaccinations include, but are not limited to the following: polio, Varivax (chicken-pox), measles, mumps, rubella (MMR), DTap or Tdap (Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis). New pediatric patients may also receive a NEW back-to-school backpack. To redeem this promotion, one MUST first make an appointment by calling 305-576-1234 EXT: 470 (English) and 471 (Spanish). Getting every recommended dose of each vaccine provides children with the best protection possible. Keep in mind that there are many opportunities to catch-up on vaccines for your preteen or teen. Preteens and teens typically see their doctors or other health care professionals for physicals before participation in sports, camping events, travel, and applying to college. There are important advantages to pediatric care. At Care Resource, our locations are staffed with board certified pediatric staff. We strive to provide the highest standard of health care services for children in our region. We are dedicated to developing advances in pediatric / adolescent care, promoting the well-being of children and families, and serving as advocates for children’s health related issues. Services include well child care; pediatric hearing, vision and dental care; immunizations; routine health screenings and adolescent care.

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7 Ways to Raise A Global Kid Today's kids are growing up in a globalized world. But how do you teach them to embrace and thrive among the planet's many cultures — from Boston to Bangkok? Travel is an obvious answer, but far-flung trips may not fit your vacation budget. Raising global kids doesn't have to break the bank or feel like another task for your to-do list. Instead, make it a fun exploration and a unique opportunity to learn, enjoy, explore, and grow. Here are seven ways to get started: 1. "See" the World At HomeHang a world map in a high-traffic spot so kids get familiar with (and curious about) country and city names, locations, cultures, and languages. Place a globe where they can reach it and they're sure to spin it and imagine far-off places. Consider other decorative items that have a global connection. Some items will come with a story, like a rug woven by women working to improve their lives. Look for picture books that feature houses, gardens, recipes, or sports in far-off places. Do you have examples of foreign currency? Frame them and hang them on the wall as conversation pieces. 2. Talk It Up International news reports are full of difficult subjects, but you can find gentler ways to start a conversation. Perhaps a friend has an ethnic celebration coming up or kids from another country have just enrolled at your child's school. Check your clothing labels. Was your T-shirt made in Peru, Bangladesh, or China? Find those places on your map and talk about what life might be like there. You don't have to be an expert. Just your sincere interest serves as a powerful example that you care about the larger world. 3. Let Music Send a Message You don't need to stop what you're doing to declare "Now we're going to listen to world music!" Just slip it into your music rotation. Dance to it while making dinner, listen while driving, or turn on a soothing selection at bedtime. You and your kids will hear lyrics in foreign languages and you'll also hear English sung with varied accents. 4. Spice Up Family Movie Night Try a family-friendly foreign film, especially those told from a child's point of view. Where would you like to go tonight — Mongolia, Ireland, or India? Make it a global snacking experience, too. Find an ethnic grocery store near you and ask the storekeeper to recommend best-selling snacks to pair with your movie. 5. Give Gifts of the World Handmade art and crafts make terrific gifts. It's even better when you know the artisan benefited directly from the sale. Consider buying teacher, holiday, and birthday presents from a fair-trade store in your town or online. Kids can find meaning and pride in a purchase that connects them to the bigger world. 6. Dip Into a Foreign Language Find out if your child's school teaches any foreign languages. Can you support the effort or help get a program started? At home, try online learning programs and language software. Play games with your kids to practice their skills or help with an after-school foreign language club. Do you know a friend or neighbor who speaks a foreign language you and your kids would like to learn? Maybe you can arrange for informal tutoring. 7. Set Out to Serve Offer your time and resources to make a difference. It cultivates empowerment, motivation, and a sense of global connection. Serving helps make it real for both you and your kids. Where to start? Talk to local people already engaged in service. You also can take a look at U.S. and global programs making a difference on websites like A global perspective can begin a family adventure that connects us with diverse communities and helps us see beyond our immediate circumstances. It also prepares kids to succeed in an interconnected economy and society. Locally and globally, it's a win-win-win.

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