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The True Spirit of Halloween
Published: 09/30/18
By: Shannon Dean
It’s no accident that retailers begin displaying Halloween items as early as August. Halloween generates approximately $9 billion dollars in annual revenue, making it second only to Christmas as the most profitable holiday.  However, the traditions that we associate with Halloween weren’t initially commercial in nature. They were meant to (read more)
Frightful Fairy Tales
Published: 09/30/18
By: Shannon Dean
Glass slippers, fairy godmothers, magic beans and happily ever after. Evil giants, wicked stepmothers, ugly witches and the big bad wolf.  Yesterday’s fairy tales and today’s scary stories are filled with conflicting, vivid imagery of both good and evil. Many parents are surprised to discover that the nuances, scary visuals (read more)
A Sensitive Halloween
Published: 09/30/18
By: Sarah Lyons
Costumes, Halloween parties with sugary treats, trick-or-treating and spooky decorations are fun and exciting for most kids, but for a child with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD), Halloween celebrations can be downright overwhelming.  Sensory-sensitive kids have trouble processing input from any of the five senses in a normal way. What is (read more)
Miami-Dade Howling Halloween Happenings
Published: 09/28/18
By: Staff Editor
AVENTURA Halloween Movie Night Saturday, October 27 Calling all ghosts and goblins to a movie night featuring a DJ, interactive games, inflatables, activity stations, arts and crafts, a trick-or-treat trail and a screening of Hotel Transylvania 3. Movie begins at 7pm. 5-9pm, Founders Park, 3105 NE 190 St. www.cityofaventura.com COCONUT (read more)
Broward Howling Halloween Happenings
Published: 09/28/18
By: Staff Editor
COCONUT CREEK Dark & Spooky Forest Stroll Friday, October 5 Take a nighttime stroll through the lush landscape. 7:30-8:30pm, Fern Forest Nature Center, 201 Lyons Rd. S., 954-357-5198 www.broward.org/parks  Monster Mash Friday, October 26 Celebrate Halloween a little early at this annual indoor event featuring trick-or-treating, a costume contest, arts (read more)
Playing Nice in Politics
Published: 09/28/18
By: Christa Melnyk Hines
From vicious media pundits to vigorous dinner party debates to divisive Facebook exchanges, ’tis the season when there’s virtually no escape from politics — and when your kids may come home with questions about opinions they heard at school or elsewhere.  From a parenting perspective, the democratic process — and (read more)
Test Your Breast Health IQ
Published: 09/28/18
By: Staff Editor
Halloween is no doubt the first occasion that comes to mind when the calendar hits October every year. Second place, however, may belong to Breast Cancer Awareness Month — when the entire country appears to think pink via a variety of pink-ribbon fundraising events, the pink illumination of the Empire (read more)
After School Guide – Miami-Dade
Published: 09/06/18
By: Staff
After Care Boys and Girls Clubs 305-446-9910 www.bgcmia.org Centers: Gwen Cherry, 7090 NW 22 Ave., Miami, 305-694-4889 Hank Kline, 2805 SW 32 Ave., Miami, 305-446-2654 Kendall, 9475 N. Kendall Dr., Miami, 305-279-3013 Northwest, 10915 NW 14 Ave., Miami, 305-758-5753 South Beach, 1200 Michigan Ave., Miami Beach, 305-535-0070 YMCA of South (read more)
Silence Is Golden
Published: 09/04/18
By: Sandi Schwartz
A visit to a silent retreat is on my bucket list. It seems like the ultimate way to reach a mindful, relaxed and introspective state. Science indicates that silence can be beneficial to us in so many ways, as it impacts our physical, mental and emotional health. Given our increasingly (read more)
Confessions of a Recovering Homeschooler
Published: 09/04/18
By: Lisa A. Beach
Many people think of homeschoolers as a generic lot of religious Luddites who nix technology, lack social skills, grow their own food, live off the grid and want to be around their kids 24/7. That describes maybe five percent of homeschoolers. And the Amish. I am not in the five (read more)
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