• The Importance of Sleep

    June 22, 2017

    Whether you are an adult or a child, sleep is critical to your health.  Here are some reminders about the harmful effects of sleep deprivation and suggestions on how you can get some more ZZs The effects of insufficient sleep For children:   Lowers immune function Increases the risk of obesity and possibly diabetes Impacts…Read More

  • Planning Active Outings

    June 15, 2017

    All parents struggle to get out of the house, but going on active adventures together can be a healthy and fun way to spend a day in the BIG APPLE _____________________________________________________________ Visit a park  NYC is full of amazing places to visit.  Try taking the train or bus to a new park – like Prospect…Read More

  • More Water, Less Juice

    June 8, 2017

    New recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics remind us why sugary drinks should NOT be a staple in a young child’s diet. Here are a few reasons for you and your children to stick to water and some tips on how to increase water intake _________________________________________ Water improves overall functioning Water transports nutrients, helps…Read More

  • “Ticked” Off

    June 1, 2017

    Experts say this years tick season is going to be a fierce one.  Get prepared with the following tips from our pediatricians. Facts about ticks Ticks crawl.  They do not fly or jump. Ticks generally attach to children’s legs or feet and may crawl toward other parts of the body, especially the head or ears.…Read More

  • Making Screen Time Physical

    May 25, 2017

    Studies show that use of screens can negatively impact a child’s physical activity Here are some tips to make screen time a healthier experience for your child’s body and mind Take a Body Break Use a timer to remind children to take body breaks.  Every 10 minutes, kids should pause their games or videos and take…Read More

  • Family Meals

    May 18, 2017

    By allowing for conversation, connection and face-to-face interaction, family meals can deepen and strengthen relationships between parents and children. There is a lot of research that eating meals as a family is linked with higher academic success, improved emotional well-being and lower rates of depression and substance use. Meals play an important role in many…Read More

  • Staying Safe in the Sun

    May 11, 2017

    It’s spring!  The SUN is out and your sunscreen should be too!! Here are some important tips, created with expert advice from pediatric dermatologist Lauren Geller, MD on why your children need protection from the sun and how you can get them to cooperate. WHY IT’S IMPORTANT: Prevention is key.  According to the Skin Cancer…Read More

  • Addressing Fears

    May 4, 2017

    Many young children have fears. Dealing with them requires sensitivity and empathy. Here are our tips for addressing fears in young children Take them seriously. Don’t laugh, tease or joke about fears. Logic doesn’t help. Trying to convince your child out of it can prolong the fear and destroy trust. Stay calm. Avoid any of your…Read More

  • Encouraging a Healthy Body Image

    April 27, 2017

      Talking to children about body image can be very tricky.  Here are some tips to encourage a positive body image Use Different Vocabulary Research shows that talking about bodies as being different and unique can help children to embrace different body types.  Instead of labeling someone as “fat” or “thin,” try and refer to all…Read More

  • Why Move Together?

    April 20, 2017

    This week, we launched the very first Mount Sinai Parenting Center Mighty Milers group!  Over 40 children ages 7 to 12 and their caregivers came out to run in Central Park alongside Mount Sinai volunteers from across multiple departments.  Hosted by the Parenting Center and Drs. Michael Yaker and Keith Benkov, the launch of this…Read More