• Volunteering as a Family

    December 6, 2018

    With the cold weather and the holidays approaching, there are plenty of opportunities in December to help others in need. Volunteering your time and effort as a family is a great way to lead by example and build a sense of gratitude and empathy in your child. Below are some ideas for getting kids involved…Read More

  • Privacy and Strangers

    November 29, 2018

    Teaching your child about privacy, body safety, and strangers is a gradual process that is best started early, when they are still in diapers. Revisit this topic often, and know that your pediatrician is a great resource for advice and discussion. 1. Use Accurate Language Teach your child the correct names of his body parts,…Read More

  • Don’t Take the Bait!

    November 15, 2018

    This week’s tip on how to avoid taking the bait is from early childhood expert Claire Lerner and her website, Lerner Child Development.   If you have heard your child say provocative things like “You’re the worst daddy!” or “I hate you!”, you are not alone. It’s frustrating, but this behavior isn’t manipulative or designed…Read More

  • Staying in Touch Via Video

    November 8, 2018

    Long-distance video chatting, using apps like FaceTime, Skype, or Whatsapp is a great way for children to stay in touch with family and friends who live far away. Video chats give children an opportunity to build a relationship, communicate with, and learn from a loved one on the screen. This week’s tip on how to…Read More

  • Games and Apps for Kids

    November 1, 2018

    Most kids nowadays have access to at least a phone, tablet, or computer. And with thousands of games and apps marketed as “educational” for children, how can you tell which are truly worthwhile? This week’s tip, courtesy of the Joan Ganz Cooney Center, details four ways to tell if an app will actually help your…Read More

  • Raising a Good Sport

    October 25, 2018

    Competition can be great for kids when it motivates, builds character, and makes activities fun. But for many young children, it can have negative effects as well. This week’s tip is on winning and losing well.   1. Be a good role model In everyday scenarios, examine your own reactions to winning and losing and…Read More

  • How to Ease the Separation Process

    October 18, 2018

    If you’re struggling to leave your child in the preschool room or with a babysitter for an afternoon, check out these tried and true tips from Lisa Zaretsky that work for any separation. 1. Establish a routine that works for your child It’s best if the routine can remain consistent. For example, if your child’s…Read More

  • Healthy Smiles

    October 11, 2018

    Dental hygiene is important to kids’ health, but brushing can be anything but easy. Check out our tips to create good habits at different ages. Infants Teeth commonly first appear between 6 and 12 months. At this age, it can be hard to make your child stay still, but it’s when you should start taking…Read More

  • Why Reading Matters – At All Ages!

    October 3, 2018

    Reading aloud to your child is a great activity for kids of all ages, not just those ready to enter preschool. Check out our tips below to learn why it’s important to make time for reading early and often. Build a Bond Start reading to your baby as early as possible. Even as newborns, babies…Read More

  • Picky Eaters

    September 27, 2018

    Have you given up on vegetables? Picky eaters are challenging for many families.  Here are some of our favorite tips to help. 1. Don’t Stress Research shows it can take a baby up to 15 tries before they accept a new food into their diet! Don’t take a refusal personally (even if you spent all day…Read More

  • Tips for the Flu Shot

    September 20, 2018

    Flu season is coming soon, so make sure that you and your child (6 months or older) get the flu vaccine! The vaccine is available at your pediatrician’s office, clinics, health departments, some pharmacies and even some workplaces.   We know from personal and professional experience that getting the flu shot is an important, but…Read More

  • Playing Outside During the Fall

    September 13, 2018

    The cool weather on its way doesn’t mean that children have to retreat indoors and spend their playtime with a screen. Despite busy fall schedules, here are five reasons why playing outside is vitally important for kid’s health (and adults, too!). 1. Exercise for the Mind When kids play outside, especially with a friend, a…Read More

  • Going Back to School

    September 6, 2018

    Whether your child is starting school for the first time, starting at a new school or just having first day fears, preparing for the first few days can make the transition to the classroom easier for everyone. Visit.  Seeing their new school (even just the outside of it), practicing the morning walk and getting a…Read More

  • Summertime Arts and Crafts

    August 9, 2018

    We hope you’re spending the summer being creative! This DIY photo frame is a great way for kids to turn their nature walk into a work of art. Arts and crafts are a great way to encourage creativity, decision-making and self-expression. Next time you and your child go for a walk, ask them to pick…Read More

  • A Parent’s Guide to Staying Calm

    August 2, 2018

    No matter how wonderful your child is, every parent is bound to get frustrated or upset every once in a while. Check out our tips below on how to “keep your cool” this summer. 1. Anticipate Triggers With a set routine, it’s sometimes easier for parents to pinpoint the situations that set off their child.…Read More