• 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

  • Coronavirus-Keeping Your Family Safe and Busy

    March 11, 2020

    We know this is a difficult time for many families.  Please see some helpful tips and information on COVID-19 from Mount Sinai below, and some great ideas from our friends at Child’s Play for spending time indoors together. Spending more time inside?  These games can turn your living room into a magical place of fun…Read More

  • Addressing Toddlers’ Behavior

    February 26, 2020

    Toddlers often have difficulties managing and controlling strong emotions.  Fortunately, for parents, scientists know more than ever about how toddlers develop, and research has shown that some strategies for dealing with misbehavior work better than others. Read below for a few tips on managing toddler behavior: 1. Check your own emotions and make sure to…Read More

  • Making Meaningful Connections with Everyday Items

    February 5, 2020

    This tip of the week comes from Lisa Zaretsky, an Early Childhood educator and founder of her own program, playAGAIN. Children are endlessly resourceful, imaginative, and curious. They adore an empty cardboard box because it has such potential: it can be anything, for anyone. Read below to learn about open-ended, re-purposed items and how to use…Read More

  • Preparing Your Child for a Doctor’s Visit

    January 29, 2020

    This week’s tip comes from Jennifer Reeves, a Child Life Specialist at Mount Sinai. A visit to the doctor, routine as it may be, can be difficult for many children. It is not uncommon for them to express anxiety the moment they step into the building. You are your child’s biggest support. Below are some…Read More

  • Getting Kids to Listen

    January 22, 2020

    A lot goes into helping your child become a good listener and following your requests.  Feeling “ignored” as parents and caregivers can be extremely frustrating, and it can be difficult to stay cool. Read below for some tips on how to get kids to listen: 1. Ask the “right” way. Get down to eye level and…Read More

  • How to Raise Grateful Children

    November 27, 2019

    With the holidays around the corner, it’s a great time to give thanks and work on instilling a sense of gratitude in your child.  Start with these tips to encourage your child to show their appreciation. 1. Lead By Example As with most things, kids learn from watching you. When a neighbor helps walk the…Read More

  • Bone Health

    October 16, 2019

    This week’s tip comes from Dr. Sheena Ranade, a board-certified orthopedic surgeon and an Assistant Professor of Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery at Mount Sinai. October 19th is World Pediatric Bone and Joint (PB&J) Day.  To celebrate, we wanted to share some helpful tips to make the most of your children’s growing bones and joints. Winter is…Read More

  • Backpack Safety

    October 9, 2019

    Welcome Back! This tip of the week comes from Mount Sinai Children’s Environmental Health Center. Have you ever wondered if your child’s backpack weighs too much? Read below for four tips on backpack safety. 1. Mechanics Matter Body mechanics are an integral part of backpack safety. Teach school-age children how to properly pick-up their school…Read More

  • Single-Parent Households

    July 11, 2019

    This week’s tip has been adapted from Parents Magazine. According to the Kids Count Data Center run by the Annie E Casey Foundation, around 35% of children in the US today grow up in a single-parent family. Although the circumstances of each family vary (some are affected by divorce or death, others are single parents…Read More

  • Addressing Childhood Fears

    June 27, 2019

    Many young children have fears. Dealing with them requires sensitivity and empathy. Here are our tips for addressing fears in young children: Take them seriously. Don’t laugh, tease or joke about fears Logic doesn’t help. Trying to convince your child out of it can prolong the fear and impair trust Stay calm. Avoid any of your…Read More