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Success B al an ce Global Advantage I f you want to give your PK2 to 8th Grade children with the keys to a successful future, consider enrolling them in Brickell’s First Presbyterian International Christian School. “Our goal is to provide students the necessary tools to become independent, multi-lingual individuals with high self-esteem,” says Principal Ines Lozano. To further complement the cooperative learning and creativity-based curriculum, the school has developed an organic lunch program, daily physical education and weekly Capoeira classes. The school is accredited by the prestigious American Accreditation National Independent Private Schools Association and the Italian Government and has earned honors from the Miami Reading Council. Interested parents should attend the Nov. 18 Open House. For more information, call 305.365.6070 or visit Learning Leaders If you’ve ever met someone who was educated using Montessori techniques, you’ve undoubtedly noticed there’s something special about their above-average ability to reason and find quick solutions to complex problems. Enter The Village Montessori Day School. “The Montessori environment begins with the premise that a young person’s natural curiosity is the driving force behind learning and motivates their activity,” says Headmistress Joan Rodriguez Malone. “This self-directed formula has produced the best preparatory results for decades.” To take your child’s potential to the next level, stop by The Village Montessori Day School at 1414 SW 22nd St. in Coral Gables or visit Family Business Q: I didn’t realize how difficult it was to be a professional, a husband and a father all at the same time. My wife of eight years, the mother of our three children (ages 1, 3 and 5) doesn’t understand I can’t come home before 8 p.m. every night for dinner. My job requires that I be there for my clients at all times. So how could I be successful, have a perfect marriage and spend quality time with my children? A: In order to have a successful career and a happy family life, you must give each one the attention they deserve. Rearrange your work so that you can come home while your children are awake and finish what you have pending after they go to sleep. Your support and admiration of how well your wife is taking care of the home and children will make her feel appreciated. Instead of getting upset with you for coming home late she will wait patiently and be more understanding. And always remember: Nothing can be perfect. If you think it can, you’re setting yourself up for a huge disappointment. Lisette N. Beraja of Beraja Counseling Center is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with more than a decade of experience working with families. If you have a question you’d like answered in a future edition of Brickell Magazine, email it to or Lisette@Beraja. com. Due to high volume, we will not be able to respond to all submissions. All names will be withheld to ensure the privacy of our readers. Working Mom Tips Here are some mom-tested tips to get through your 9 to 5 while still making sure your children have a mommy they can count on. 26 brickell magazine #1 Follow the same routines every day so your kids know exactly what to expect. Always try to schedule in some quality time with them before and after work. #2 Treat time with your kids like a business appointment. Letting the little ones down is the worst mistake you can make. They will never forget if mom breaks a promise. #3 Don’t ever give priority to your career over your family. Work-a-holics tend to bring in the stresses of the office home which is never good on the offspring. Family always comes first.