Author Archives: Jennifer Vickery

Summer Break

By Sylvie Griffiths: As a parent, summer break sends me into a state of panic. Will the kids have fun on our tight budget? Will my youngest survive being the only family member attending mandatory summer school? Will I lose my mind attempting to keep them entertained while I work...

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Pride

By Sylvie Griffiths: Last weekend my family was invited by my former employer to join the festivities for Tampa Pride. Jake, our youngest, was on the float representing HIV care related services in Pinellas County. There were thousands of people in attendance, and it was indeed a beautiful day. And...

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Take Care of Yourself, Moms

By Sylvie Griffiths: Sunday, May 13 is the annual holiday dedicated to Moms. And yet, for most us Moms, Mother’s Day is another day of raising our kids, feeding pets, grocery shopping, laundry, cooking, and cleaning. Our to-do list, as matriarchs, is never-ending. Moms are almost celebrated for their selflessness,...

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Disappointment

By Sylvie Griffiths: I am in the process of getting my second divorce. This, above so many other emotions swirling in my mind, is a deep, gut-wrenching disappointment to me. My soon to be ex-husband and I have tried to make it work for nearly a decade, but recently made...

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Conference Night

By Sylvie Griffiths: For most of us parents, conference nights or scheduled parent-teacher conferences can send us into an anxious state. Although we love our kids, we are fully aware that they are not perfect. These face to face interactions are scheduled when there is an issue the educator wishes...

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Altruistic Support

By Sylvie Griffiths: This weekend I finally read a book I had been dusting on my cluttered desk. It was not that I wanted a new paperweight; grad school, four kids, and a husband changing jobs had me pretty much occupied. I had ordered two books on transgender kids online...

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Camping Adventures

By Sylvie Griffiths: The last time I went camping was about 1988. I was ten years old and I accompanied my best friend and her family to a natural spring here in Florida. We camped in a camper, which I have recently learned, is a bit easier than tent camping,...

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Keeping the Kids Safe

By Sylvie Griffiths: “I am afraid to go to school Mommy,” my youngest told me with a tear-streaked face. He had been complaining of a stomach ache every night since the school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Even though I know someone directly affected, I had tried my...

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#Love for Prevention

A Message from the Turnaround Team Turnaround Life’s February campaign is from the heart. February 17th is National Random Acts of Kindness Day. This special day is celebrated nationally to encourage a random act of kindness or a selfless act performed by individuals to help, support, or cheer up a...

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Turning Points: Parenting a Transgender Child Part 2

By Sylvie Griffiths: When you are raising a child you always have some turning points while parenting. Decent grades turn below average and a new crowd of sketchy friends is joined. Puberty, which is enough to get its own sentence! There are so many times, basically, that our kids surprise...

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