• Please Do Learn About Positive Opposites

    November 4, 2020

    Positive opposites are a concept you can discuss, model or praise in well-child visits. Every unwanted behavior has a positive opposite! By replacing “don’t” with “please do,” you can think of yourself as helping a child learn how to behave – not just tell them what not to do. And, you are giving them the…Read More

  • Highly Sensitive Children

    October 28, 2020

    15-20% of all children have a temperament that makes them more reactive to their environment.  While this is not a diagnosis, these children have a different way of experiencing the world. It can be easier to navigate an office visit if you can recognize which kids need more attention to sensory input and a gentler,…Read More

  • The Power of Affirmations

    October 14, 2020

    Recognizing positive behavior not only makes parents and children feel good, it motivates them to repeat that behavior in the future. At each visit, try and find one specific thing to notice and affirm! Could it be how well a child answered your questions? How well a parent comforted their child in distress? A child’s…Read More

  • Emotional and Behavioral Effects of COVID-19

    October 7, 2020

    This week we are bringing you evidence to support what you may have suspected in the exam room – that emotional and behavioral health difficulties in children have increased significantly due to COVID-19. In the September issue of The Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, “Supporting the Mental Health of Parents and Children During and After Coronavirus,” demonstrates…Read More

  • Why “Don’t cry, be brave” Can Backfire

    September 30, 2020

    You may hear parents tell their children not to cry during stressful moments in the visit. Parents are often embarrassed that their child is upset, and feel pressure to get them to stop crying. In those instances, you can label and validate a child’s emotions and let the parents know that it is OK for…Read More

  • 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