• 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

  • When You Hear, “It’s not fair!”

    February 28, 2019

    It’s very common for children (especially siblings) to complain that lots of things in their daily lives “aren’t fair”. But making things “fair” doesn’t mean making things the same. Explaining the difference between giving your kids the same things and giving them the same opportunities can teach children this important message. Use Kid-Friendly Examples Talk…Read More

  • Parenting During a Divorce

    February 21, 2019

    Many parents undergoing a divorce worry how their children will be affected. Divorce is usually very difficult for both parents and the rest of the family, but a divorce is between you and your spouse – the children should be kept out of any disputes. Our tip this week comes from the Child Mind Institute,…Read More

  • Understanding Discipline Myths

    February 14, 2019

    There are lots of myths about which punishments work. This week, we’ve broken down a few of the most popular. Read below to understand a few effective and healthy tools. Myth #1 – Punishment changes bad behavior. Even though you may feel like punishment works, it usually only curbs the behavior momentarily. As your child…Read More

  • Early Signs of Infant Deafness/Hearing Impairment

    February 7, 2019

    This week’s tip on hearing impairment comes from the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai. All newborns are given a mandatory hearing test before leaving the hospital. Screening and diagnosis helps identify babies who are deaf or hard of hearing so they can receive early intervention services. These services can make a…Read More

  • Games to Practice Self Control

    January 31, 2019

    Check out these videos from Vroom demonstrating how children can strengthen self-control and build their working memories by playing games. Learning self-control is essential to achieving long-term goals, as it allows children to take a step back and think about their actions. If we acted on impulses alone we would likely regret a lot of…Read More

  • Early Language Development

    January 24, 2019

    Infants are quite literally born ready to learn language, and it’s never too early to start! Even before children can speak, they are having conversations through gestures, noises, facial expressions, cooing and crying. Read below to find ways you can help your infant develop language skills during everyday activities – you may even be doing…Read More

  • Playing Pretend

    January 17, 2019

    Kids love to play pretend, and it’s important for their developing brains to practice these skills. Read on to learn more about the benefits of playing pretend! 1. Play Leads to Learning Play is connected to children’s learning, more so than direct instruction. When children are taught to believe that there is only one right…Read More

  • Public Displays of Disaster

    January 10, 2019

    Most parents of young children (even Prince William!) are familiar with public tantrums. When you child completely loses it in the grocery store or at school pick-up, it’s hard to avoid feeling judged or angry at this out-of-control behavior. So what can you do in these moments to reduce the stress both for yourself and…Read More