• Why Move Together?

    April 20, 2017

    This week, we launched the very first Mount Sinai Parenting Center Mighty Milers group!  Over 40 children ages 7 to 12 and their caregivers came out to run in Central Park alongside Mount Sinai volunteers from across multiple departments.  Hosted by the Parenting Center and Drs. Michael Yaker and Keith Benkov, the launch of this…Read More

  • The Importance of Dads

    April 13, 2017

    Fathers can make a significant difference on child development   Here are some tips to help dads find their role in promoting their child’s development and health. Quality, not quantity If your time is limited, be present with your child during the time you have.  Avoid distractions (like your phone or work) and do a special…Read More

  • Making Smart TV Choices

    April 6, 2017

    Making the right TV choices can be tricky for parents of young children. Here are our tips for finding high quality options and making the right choices for your family.   Note: The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children under the age of 2 should not watch any television, and that children over the…Read More

  • Winning and Losing Well

    March 30, 2017

    Photo courtesy of Flickr, USAG-Humphreys Competition can be great when it motivates, makes activities fun and strengthens character – but for many young children it can also have negative effects. See the following tips for more information on helping your child to be a good sport. 1. Be a good role model  Examine your own reactions to…Read More

  • Reading at Every Age

    March 23, 2017

    Taking the time to read matters There are lots of ways to help your child learn to love reading.  Reading promotes language development, writing skills and school readiness.  Even with all the craziness and stress in our daily lives, here are some tips to make reading easy and fun for the littlest people in your…Read More

  • Strategies for a Successful Playdate

    March 16, 2017

    Playing with peers is important to a child’s development, but play dates aren’t always easy on caregivers. Tips to avoid play date drama and create a pleasant experience for everyone: Have a plan. Picking an activity (craft, project, board game) in advance can help to set things off on the right foot.  Pick something that is well…Read More

  • When Siblings Say, “It Isn’t Fair”

    March 9, 2017

    Photo courtesy of http://www.strivetogether.org/ It is very common for 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. Helping to explain the difference between giving your kids the same things and giving them the same opportunities can teach children this important message.  …Read More

  • Learning from Mistakes

    March 2, 2017

    We all make mistakes in our daily lives.  Teaching our children how to learn from those mistakes, and provide their brain with an opportunity to GROW, is a key component to supporting a growth mindset.   Our tips: Kick erasers to the curb.  At home, younger kids should be encouraged not to erase mistakes.  Instead,…Read More

  • Here Comes Baby

    February 23, 2017

    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.   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 child feels…Read More

  • Creating a YES! Environment

    February 16, 2017

    Little people can get themselves into BIG trouble.  But baby-proofing can be costly and difficult for families.  Below are some reasons we recommend taking at least a few steps towards giving your toddler some safe space to play.   Parents of toddlers know a LOT about saying NO.  In an effort to try and say…Read More

  • Picky Eating

    February 9, 2017

    Have you given up on vegetables? Picky eaters are challenging for many families.  Here are some of our favorite tips to help. Don’t stress! Research shows it can take a baby up to 15 tries before they accept a new food into their diet! Be calm and relaxed about mealtime.  Don’t take a refusal personally (even…Read More

  • Separation

    February 2, 2017

    Tips for Caregivers Read their cues. They may not want to be passed to people the way they once did (even grandma!) They are in distress when you leave, even for short periods of time It’s normal. Many children experience difficulty with separation Be patient. Separation anxiety is a phase and will come and go throughout early childhood Don’t…Read More

  • Getting Kids to Listen

    January 26, 2017

    A lot goes into helping your child become a good listener and following your requests.   Knowing that it can be extremely frustrating for parents and caregivers to feel “ignored” and stay cool, we’ve developed the following tips to try and keep in mind. Ask the “right” way. Get down to eye level and get close. Children…Read More

  • The Flu Shot

    January 19, 2017

      There has been an increase in influenza in the New York area the past 2 weeks.  Getting the flu shot is now more important than ever and is recommended for all children 6 months of age and older. We know from personal and professional experience that getting the flu shot is an important, but…Read More

  • Doctor Phobias

    January 12, 2017

    Being scared of the doctor (even the doctor’s office!) is a normal developmental phase, but dealing with a fearful child can be difficult. Here are a few PARENT tips to help: 1. Try to understand that visiting the doctor can be a difficult experience. Figure out if you think your child will feel better if…Read More