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School is out, learning is in

By Cara Weiner Sultan, MSW When school is out for the year, and with it the rigor of assignments and confinement to a specific schedule, many parents enjoy the lighter schedule. While summer can be a break, all parents probably fear, at one time or another, that their children may forget everything they have learned […]

Summer Safety Tips for People Living with Diabetes

By Laura Keiley, RN Summertime can present many challenges to caring for your health if you have diabetes. The heat, barbeques, and summer fun activities require extra precautions to avoid overheating, dehydration, sunburn, injury, and overindulging in ways that can impede your efforts to manage your diabetes well. High summer temperatures, especially in combination with […]

FHW Podcasts

Until we resume our in-person, interactive parent education programs, the educators of Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Family Health and Wellness program encourage you to check out our website, http://ccesuffolk.org/family-health-and-wellness where our blogs and podcasts (entitled Parenting Tips) are posted. They deal with a variety of important family concerns. Discover lots of helpful information on our Human […]

Reading to Babies and Young Children

By Maxine Roeper Cohen, M.S. One perfect way to connect with a baby or young child is to sit down and read a book together. Take away the technology; get comfortable together in a roomy chair or on a cushiony sofa, and let the magic begin!   Did you know that early in the first […]

Virtual Playdates: How technology is changing the face of young friends

By Cara Weiner Sultan, MSW Technology has revolutionized the experience of childhood these days. Screen time is a hotly debated topic, but can screens be used to promote social interactions when face to face interactions are not possible? What about using technology to enhance and broaden your child’s socialization skills? Nothing should ever replace real […]

Understanding Teens and their Social Needs during the Corona Virus

By Maxine Roeper Cohen, M.S. Social isolation is hard for all of us. We are social beings, and human interaction brings us pleasure and promotes our sense of health and well-being. During this time of Covid-19, many families are quarantined together. This is helpful for those who enjoy harmonious relationships. For teen-aged children, however, being […]

Everything is canceled!

By Cara Weiner Sultan, MSW Within mere weeks, our entire world has been upended. We have been told to shelter in place and remain at least 6 feet apart from others. Wash hands and wear masks. With these new guidelines for living in place, everything in our world has been canceled, with all “normal” events […]

Overloaded with Covid-19 News?

by Erica Posniak, MD Breaking News! This familiar and inviting alert flashes across our televisions, smart phones and computers 24 hours a day. It calls us and it’s difficult to resist. After all, it might be telling us there is new information we need to know in order to survive. Especially during a pandemic, we […]

Beat the Heat During Pregnancy!

By Laura Keiley, RN Being pregnant is hard work, especially during the hot summer months. Because your body works so hard to protect and nourish your baby, you are more likely to experience negative effects from the heat than someone who isn’t pregnant. Your body is trying hard to cool itself and your unborn baby, […]

But they like it

By Kerri Kreh Reda, M.P.H. While presenting a program on children and screens recently, and for what seems like the hundreth time, parents told me that they have a difficult time restricting their children’s use of screens because “they like it”.  I know it can be difficult to tell your children “no” when it causes […]

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