• Adjusting to a Summer Routine

    May 17, 2018

    Summer is near! Here are some tips to establish a routine during school vacation. 1. Maintain Some Routines Even though summertime usually includes plenty of relaxing and free time, having some routine can lead to better behavior and stress-free days. When your child can predict their day, they can manage their behavior more effectively. Creating…Read More

  • Responding to Back Talk

    May 10, 2018

    This week, our partners at the Seedlings Group focus on how to respond to back talk and rude behavior. 1. Praise positive dialogue to encourage respectful habits.  Pay attention and praise (with some affection, too!) every time your child speaks to you calmly or with respect when he is tired, angry, or frustrated. It’s hard…Read More

  • Protecting Your Child’s Eyes

    May 3, 2018

    The sun is finally out again, and it’s time to remember the importance of protecting your little one’s eyes. The sooner kids start wearing sunglasses, the better! Protecting eyes from a young age means you are less likely to develop eye issues such as cataracts and macular degeneration (when the retina disintegrates or breaks down)…Read More

  • Helping Anxious Kids

    April 26, 2018

    This week, our colleagues at the Child Mind Institute focus on what to do —and not do — when young children are anxious. 1. Don’t avoid things because they make your child anxious. As parents, it’s natural for us to want to protect children from suffering. But the best way to help kids overcome anxiety…Read More

  • Creating an Internet and Social Media Contract

    April 19, 2018

    Allowing children access to the Internet and Social Media can be a daunting endeavor for parents. Here are some tips to establish a healthy balance with your kids. Common Adult Worries About Children Using the Internet  Safety Inappropriate contact Bullying Privacy Addiction Impatience, immediate gratification Children will become lazy   The 5 E’s – Create…Read More

  • The sneezing season…

    April 12, 2018

    Environmental allergies are very common and can develop any time during childhood. Spring allergies (April/May) are caused by tree pollen released this time of year in the Northeast US.  Many children will suffer from annoying allergy symptoms in the spring! Here are a few tips for managing your children’s allergy symptoms… ___________________________________________ What causes allergies?  Try…Read More

  • The Effects of Background TV

    April 5, 2018

    In many households it’s common for the TV to remain on even when no one is watching. Turns out, there’s more harm associated with this practice other than wasting energy! A study has found that in the United States children listen to around 4 hours of background TV a day, and this exposure has been…Read More

  • Understanding Discipline Myths

    April 5, 2018

    There are lots of myths about which punishments work… We’ve broken down a few of the most popular Myth #1 – Punishment changes bad behavior. Even though you may feel like punishment works, it usually only curbs the behavior momentarily. As your child adapts to your punishment, unwanted behaviors tend to return faster. So, the…Read More

  • Spending Unstructured Time Together

    March 29, 2018

    Time off from school is a great opportunity for children to grow their brain and reconnect with caregivers.  Unstructured and unplugged time gives children’s brains the opportunity to exercise vital areas that may be neglected during the school week, and when caregivers offer children their full attention, they can help build stronger relationships.    Here are some…Read More

  • Habits for Life

    March 22, 2018

    We all know that some habits are tough to break.  See below for our tips on starting healthy eating habits at an early age! Prevent crankiness by feeding your children every 3 – 4 hours. Some children may need more than just breakfast, lunch, and dinner. If your child is one of them, make sure that…Read More

  • Simple Ways to Teach Mindfulness to Young Children

    March 15, 2018

    Mindfulness exercises can help children to be aware of their surroundings and in touch with their feelings. Here are some tips on how to encourage children to take in the moment.   Listen to the bell. An easy way for children to practice mindfulness is to focus on paying attention to what they can hear. You…Read More

  • Giving Kids Responsibilities

    March 8, 2018

    Here are some ideas for age-appropriate tasks that can children can be held accountable for and complete with some caregiver help. Toddler: Put away their toys when they are finished with them. You can make this into a brain building moment by asking they put all blue toys in one bin, all yellow ones in…Read More

  • Violence in the Media

    March 1, 2018

    With the heavy presence of technology in today’s world, it seems like scenes of violence are more available than ever. Studies show that when children are exposed to violence in video games, books, movies, and other types of media they are more likely to engage in violent behavior themselves. Thankfully, caregivers can protect their kids…Read More

  • Imaginary Friends

    February 22, 2018

      There is no harm in having an imaginary friend. In fact, research shows that having an imaginary friend is linked to increased creativity later in life, as well as strong verbal skills and a good understanding of social interactions. Imaginary friends serve many important functions. They are trustworthy. All children have secrets and want…Read More

  • Encouraging Friendships

    February 15, 2018

    Friendships are one of the most important and valuable parts of childhood Here are a few ways to help support your child’s friendships… 1. Model that you care. Let your child know that you feel friendships are important and worth the effort. Get to know your child’s friends – remaining involved in your child’s social…Read More