• Thinking About Food Insecurity

    September 23, 2020

    Food Insecurity is the lack of reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable and nutritious meals. Childhood food insecurity may lead to poor health status, developmental risks, mental health problems, and poor educational outcomes. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that all providers screen patients for food insecurity at scheduled health maintenance visits or sooner, if indicated. According to the…Read More

  • Telemedicine – Following a Child’s Lead

    September 16, 2020

    During telehealth visits you can model the important developmental concept of following a child’s lead. Children learn most when they are engaged in their play, supported in their explorations and have the opportunity to make choices. Since young children between 12-24 months will often not sit still in a visit, you can encourage them to…Read More

  • In the Exam Room – Making the Most with a Mask

    September 9, 2020

    Wearing masks during visits can make relationship building with patients more difficult. Here are a few strategies to help build connections, EVEN with this barrier in communication. 1. Get on Eye Level. This helps children see your face better and feel less threatened. 2. Ask Questions Directly to the Child. This helps the child feel…Read More

  • 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