October 2017
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Two smiling young girls with painted faces_ one a demon and one a cat_ at the Family Expo.
The Children's Trust 11th Annual Family Expo
Back with a New Date After Hurricane Irma!

Take a selfie with Peter Rabbit, create your own clouds or take part in a giant game of Twister: You and your kids can do all of these things and more - much, much more! - at The Children's Trust Family Expo, now happening on Saturday, October 21.

The Expo was scheduled to happen in September, until Hurricane Irma forced its cancellation. Thanks to a relatively quick storm recovery in Miami-Dade County, the event will again take place at the site of the Miami-Dade County Fair, where it's been held for the past 10 years. At least 15,000 moms, dads, caregivers and kids are expected to take advantage of what's on tap: all-day activities that engage and inspire children, as well as hundreds of academic, enrichment and health resources that families can connect with to enrich their lives, all in one exuberantly presented place.  Read More
A costumed symphony orchestra performing a concert.
Spooky Symphony
This scary-good musical extravaganza is too boo-ti-ful to miss!
Written by Beryl Meyer

Spooky Symphony - a free, frightfully entertaining Halloween concert and multimedia presentation in one - is a fangtastic gift to the community, made possible through the combined talents of the Alhambra Orchestra and the Greater Miami Youth Symphony (GMYS), and the sponsorship of The Children's Trust. The celebrated annual family-friendly event treats concertgoers at the Arsht Center's dazzling Knight Concert Hall to a ghoulish musical repertoire, classic horror movie clips projected onto a giant screen, and a parade of spook-tacular looks, as both audience members and musicians are invited to come in costume.  Read More
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Is Your Child a Scaredy-Cat_
Is Your Child a Scaredy-Cat?
Help them show up, stand up and speak out - and maybe even roar
Written by Beryl Meyer

Does your child often hang back from enjoying themselves when an experience falls outside their comfort zone? Whether the fear that's stopping them is real or imagined, the good news is, you can help them learn to cope, conquer their nervousness and become the carefree, confident kid they want to be!

Identifying the Big Bad
Helping your child identify what's scaring them - and why - is the first step to tackling their fear. Giving whatever is frightening them a name makes the situation or object real, and that makes it something you can face down together. Leave a scary "it" unidentified and your child is powerless against that fear - and their imagination can run wild and make the situation worse.  Read More
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A distressed young African-American boy curled up on the couch being comforted by his father.
Easing Children Through the Aftermath of Natural Disasters
Kids will take their cues from you, so it's best to be prepared

As parents and caregivers, we do our best to shield our children from anxiety, pain, fear and disappointment. But when a big bad like a hurricane or an earthquake occurs, kids need more than the usual reassurances to make it through to the other side. The following tips can help:

Calm their fears. Talk to your kids about the difficulties you and your family - and others - may be facing, but reassure them that normalcy is within reach. "After experiencing trauma, children need to feel safe and get back to business as usual, even though their world and yours may be anything but," says Michele Borba, Ed.D., author of Unselfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-Me World. "Return to those routines that are do-able: ask how their day at school was, play a board game with them after dinner, cuddle up and read them a story or say your nighttime prayers together. Above all, let your child know that while their world may seem upside down, one thing remains constant: you are there for them."  Read More
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