• 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

  • Welcoming a New Sibling

    January 3, 2019

    Adjusting to life with a new baby isn’t just a concern for parents!  Preparing for a new sibling can be full of stress and fear for your children. Here are our favorite tips to help make this transition smoother for BIG brothers and sisters. Before the new baby arrives Keep routines as normal as possible.  Your…Read More

  • Wonderful Dads

    December 20, 2018

    Dads matter – a lot. Despite the media’s tendency to focus parenting conversations around mothers, research shows that having a highly supportive parent helps children, regardless of whether that parent is male or female. And fathers, whether they are co-parents, single dads, dads living apart from their child or separated from the child’s mother, make…Read More

  • Making Clean-Up Fun

    December 13, 2018

    Every parent knows the frustration of cleaning up after a toddler playing with toys and friends. This week, our expert advisor Jocelyn Greene of Child’s Play NY has a tip for making clean up both fun and super speedy. The Super Speed Clean-Up Game Chores can be fun when you make them into a game.…Read More

  • 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