• 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

  • Get Outside in New York City

    April 4, 2019

    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 city! Visit a park NYC is full of amazing places to visit.  Try taking the train or bus to a new park – like Prospect Park (Brooklyn),…Read More

  • Creating Family Routines

    March 28, 2019

    Family routines and activities are great for kids: children love doing things the same way over and over again because it makes them feel safe and secure. When it comes to kids, even things that may seem small to you (like your child waving goodbye to you at the elevator each morning as you leave…Read More

  • Helping Kids to Cope with Nighttime Fears

    March 21, 2019

    After waking up from a bad dream, toddlers often want to sleep in their parents’ beds to feel safe. This is a very common phenomenon in households with children this age (around 3 years old), as it is the age at which children’s imaginations really start to take off. At the same time, they don’t…Read More

  • Parenting While Heartbroken: The Do’s and Don’ts

    March 14, 2019

    After a breakup or divorce, parents have to decide how much to share with their children. This week’s tip comes from a friend of the Parenting Center, author Rachel Simmons. Please visit her website here for expert tips on raising girls with integrity, confidence and self-confidence.   “Mama, play with me.” I heard my three…Read More

  • Tips from Preschool Teachers

    March 7, 2019

    Does your child behave better at preschool than they do at home? This week, our tip is adapted from Parents Magazine. They asked five preschool teachers (with a combined 90 years of experience!) for some tips for parents of 2 – 5 year olds. Set Expectations Most people have a way of living up (or…Read More