• We’ll Be Back Soon!

    June 24, 2020

    To our wonderful and supportive audience, we thank you for being a subscriber to the Parenting Center’s Tip of the Week. We will be taking a pause for the summer until Labor Day, but we look forward to sharing more tips in the fall! In the time you would have spent reading our tips, we encourage…Read More

  • Managing Re-Entry Anxiety

    June 10, 2020

    As we all begin to re-enter our workplaces and go out into the world, it is important to accept all big feelings and acknowledge this change. Read below for tips on how you and your loved ones can manage your anxiety and cope with this transition: Make peace with anxiety – Find a way to…Read More

  • Strategies for Families of Children with Special Needs

    May 27, 2020

    This tip of the week comes from Developmental Pediatrician, Caroline Martinez MD. This time can be particularly difficult for kids with special needs due to frequent changes in their schedule, which can often lead to problem behavior and increased anxiety. Read below for some strategies you can use to help your child: 1. Establish and…Read More

  • Managing a Schedule

    May 20, 2020

    Many of us along with our children are navigating a new situation at home; balancing different schedules and routines. Read below for a few tips on how to manage a schedule during this time: 1. Communicate – Parenting does not happen in a vacuum. Though things may be organized in your head (fingers crossed), there is another…Read More

  • How to Have a Successful Telehealth Visit

    May 13, 2020

    As a result of COVID-19, many doctor’s visits in the coming months may be telehealth visits. Dr. Blair Hammond, general pediatrician and co-founding director of the Mount Sinai Parenting Center, provides a few tips on what you can do to make sure your telehealth visit goes smoothly: Q: How can parents prepare to make telehealth…Read More

  • Managing Grief in Your Family

    May 6, 2020

    We all have lost familiarity to our day to day routines and have been forced to accept some degree of uncertainty. It is painful especially for children to lose freedom and connection, which is important to acknowledge. Read below for some tips on helping your family manage grief: 1. Accept all Feelings – It is important…Read More

  • Managing Children’s Anxiety in the COVID-19 Pandemic

    April 29, 2020

    The COVID-19 pandemic has been a stressful experience for all of us, and it can be especially stressful to children who may not understand what is going on. Read below for a few tips on what parents can do to manage their children’s anxiety: 1. Be honest with your kids. – This is a confusing time…Read More

  • How to Promote Independent Play

    April 22, 2020

    With all of the changes to your routine, you may have difficulty balancing your responsibilities while working from home. Try to use this as an opportunity to encourage the development of autonomy in your child. Read below for some tips on how to promote safe and independent play. 1.  Create a play area Include some…Read More

  • How to Answer Difficult Questions

    April 15, 2020

    In times like these, your children may ask many questions. They are curious observers of the world and can sometimes leave us speechless. While there are no one-size-fits-all answers to these questions, we have put together a few tips to make it easier: When in doubt, respond simply with “that’s an interesting question. I’m going…Read More

  • Coping with Stress During Difficult Times

    April 8, 2020

    Balancing working from home, teaching your children, and being separated from friends and family can add even more stress to your daily routines. By keeping calm and regulating your own emotions, you can model self-regulation for your child. Read below for some tips on coping with stress during this time: • Take care of yourself –…Read More

  • 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

  • Coronavirus-Keeping Your Family Safe and Busy

    March 11, 2020

    We know this is a difficult time for many families.  Please see some helpful tips and information on COVID-19 from Mount Sinai below, and some great ideas from our friends at Child’s Play for spending time indoors together. Spending more time inside?  These games can turn your living room into a magical place of fun…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