• How to Raise Grateful Children

    November 27, 2019

    With the holidays around the corner, it’s a great time to give thanks and work on instilling a sense of gratitude in your child.  Start with these tips to encourage your child to show their appreciation. 1. Lead By Example As with most things, kids learn from watching you. When a neighbor helps walk the…Read More

  • Bone Health

    October 16, 2019

    This week’s tip comes from Dr. Sheena Ranade, a board-certified orthopedic surgeon and an Assistant Professor of Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery at Mount Sinai. October 19th is World Pediatric Bone and Joint (PB&J) Day.  To celebrate, we wanted to share some helpful tips to make the most of your children’s growing bones and joints. Winter is…Read More

  • Backpack Safety

    October 9, 2019

    Welcome Back! This tip of the week comes from Mount Sinai Children’s Environmental Health Center. Have you ever wondered if your child’s backpack weighs too much? Read below for four tips on backpack safety. 1. Mechanics Matter Body mechanics are an integral part of backpack safety. Teach school-age children how to properly pick-up their school…Read More

  • Single-Parent Households

    July 11, 2019

    This week’s tip has been adapted from Parents Magazine. According to the Kids Count Data Center run by the Annie E Casey Foundation, around 35% of children in the US today grow up in a single-parent family. Although the circumstances of each family vary (some are affected by divorce or death, others are single parents…Read More

  • Addressing Childhood Fears

    June 27, 2019

    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 impair trust Stay calm. Avoid any of your…Read More

  • Understanding and Nurturing Highly Sensitive Children

    June 13, 2019

    This week’s tip comes from our partner, early childhood expert Claire Lerner LCSW-C. She addresses how to respond to big reactors – children who are temperamentally very sensitive and reactive to their experiences in the world. Children like this are sometimes referred to as “orchids”. Parents often describe these kids as not having an “off”…Read More

  • UNICEF Parenting

    June 6, 2019

    This past Saturday was the Global Day of Parents! Observed on the 1st of June each year, the Global Day provides an opportunity to appreciate all parents in all parts of the world for their selfless commitment to children and their lifelong sacrifice towards nurturing this relationship. The basis for this year’s message: “It’s about…Read More

  • Supporting vs Enabling

    May 30, 2019

    This week’s tip on supporting versus enabling your children comes from the Child Mind Institute. One of the basic ways we distinguish support from coddling is by assessing what children are capable of doing. But it’s not always easy to figure out what counts as supportive and what is enabling when a child’s behavior varies…Read More

  • The Importance of Sleep

    May 23, 2019

    No matter your age, 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 mood by increasing behavior problems…Read More

  • Water Safety Month

    May 16, 2019

    May is Water Safety Month.  Many toddlers are curious about water and want to explore it, so it’s vitally important that all caregivers learn preventive tips to keep them safe. Join AAP and other drowning prevention advocates on May 23 by sharing messages on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter about ways we can keep children safe…Read More

  • Childhood Hearing Impairment

    May 9, 2019

    This week’s tip on hearing impairment comes from the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai. It’s important that parents, caretakers, physicians, and teachers know the signs of and address hearing impairment in children because early hearing loss can affect their language development, communication skills, and have long-lasting effects if not treated.  What…Read More

  • Reading With Babies & Toddlers

    May 2, 2019

    This week’s tip comes from Susan Straub MSW, the founder of the Read To Me program. Visit her website http://readingwithbabies.com/ and read below for her tips on how to read with your baby! Read with your baby. That seems to be a simple, easy recommendation. Really, I hear you ask?  Even parents who have saved…Read More

  • Safe Playground Tips

    April 25, 2019

    Playgrounds are fun and wonderful ways for your child to expend all of the energy they have stored up over the winter.  While playgrounds are often designed to prevent injury when used appropriately, these guidelines will help your child have a safe and injury free spring and summer. This week’s tip comes from Dr. Sheena…Read More

  • Raising the Mindful Family

    April 18, 2019

    Raising a family is anything but simple. Busy schedules, digital devices, long commutes—all of this leads to family members who are disconnected from each other as never before. Psychologists Stefanie and Elisha Goldstein show us ways to strengthen relationships, increase everyone’s well-being, and bring the family back together. Adapted from a full-length article originally published…Read More

  • Bringing the Science of Child Development into Pediatric Education

    April 11, 2019

    Instead of a tip this week, we’re sharing an article written by Mark Swartz for Early Learning Nation about what drives our work at the Mount Sinai Parenting Center. Continue reading to learn more about how we are transforming the way pediatric healthcare is delivered, particularly through our newly launched online curriculum for pediatric residents.…Read More