• Indoor Scavenger Hunt Ideas

    March 25, 2020

    A scavenger hunt can promote problem-solving skills, boost observation skills, and most importantly get kids moving! Try picking a theme your toddler is interested in like letters, shapes, or colors! See below for some ideas: 1. Find something blue – Go through the house picking out things that are different shades of blue! Try saying…Read More

  • Parenting in the Time of Coronavirus

    March 18, 2020

    This week’s tip comes from Lerner Child Development. Has your home become a home-office, home-school, and home-daycare? Early childhood expert, Claire Lerner, LCSW-C, provides ideas on how to balance work responsibilities and parenting. Read below for more tips! • Establish a clear daily schedule. Kids love routines. Knowing what to expect is calming, and it…Read More

  • Addressing Toddlers’ Behavior

    February 26, 2020

    Toddlers often have difficulties managing and controlling strong emotions.  Fortunately, for parents, scientists know more than ever about how toddlers develop, and research has shown that some strategies for dealing with misbehavior work better than others. Read below for a few tips on managing toddler behavior: 1. Check your own emotions and make sure to…Read More

  • Making Meaningful Connections with Everyday Items

    February 5, 2020

    This tip of the week comes from Lisa Zaretsky, an Early Childhood educator and founder of her own program, playAGAIN. Children are endlessly resourceful, imaginative, and curious. They adore an empty cardboard box because it has such potential: it can be anything, for anyone. Read below to learn about open-ended, re-purposed items and how to use…Read More

  • Preparing Your Child for a Doctor’s Visit

    January 29, 2020

    This week’s tip comes from Jennifer Reeves, a Child Life Specialist at Mount Sinai. A visit to the doctor, routine as it may be, can be difficult for many children. It is not uncommon for them to express anxiety the moment they step into the building. You are your child’s biggest support. Below are some…Read More

  • Getting Kids to Listen

    January 22, 2020

    A lot goes into helping your child become a good listener and following your requests.  Feeling “ignored” as parents and caregivers can be extremely frustrating, and it can be difficult to stay cool. Read below for some tips on how to get kids to listen: 1. Ask the “right” way. Get down to eye level and…Read More

  • 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