• 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 for both kids and adults. Tell your children that this is a new experience for all of us. Try saying, “I understand if it feels scary or if you are worried, but I am right here with…

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  • 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 type of table/desk and child-size chair if possible.
      • Store toys in visible and accessible areas (in low or…

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  • 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 to think about it and get back to you.”
    • Respond by answering a question with a question. Start a dialogue with your child by saying…

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  • 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 - Try to eat healthy foods, drink plenty of water, and try to do something you enjoy every day, even if it is just for a short period of time. • Keep…

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  • 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 things like “This ball is light blue, and this cup is darker blue, but they are both blue!” Ask your child if she can spot everything in the room…

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  • 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 focuses children’s…

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  • 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…

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