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From Scribbles to Letters: Supporting Your Emergent Writer

By Nancy Olsen-Harbich, MA All writers begin as scribblers. Early scribbles contain the lines, shapes, dots, and loops that make up our alphabet, and “just scribbling” is good practice for using letters later. Help your child learn to use a variety of writing tools by having pencils, chalk, crayons, paintbrushes, and markers available. Many young […]

Things to Do when You Can’t go Out

By Kerri Kreh Reda, M.P.H. With schools and work places closing due to the COVID 19 pandemic, we are all spending more time at home. This likely means we are also trying to think of things we can do as a family or ways to keep our children busy. Here are a few ideas to […]

Parenting in the Midst of COVID-19

Adapted from the Science of Parenting Blog posted on March 16, 2020 written by Mackenzie Johnson If you’ve been following us, you know that our passion is providing parents like you with research-based information for your family. With concern around COVID-19, we’ve identified some trustworthy resources to help you navigate this ever-changing situation. COVID-19 Facts […]

Splish Splash – Learning in the Bath

By Nancy Olsen-Harbich, MA Yes, soap is important. But bath-time for your preschooler is so rich with opportunities to play, and to experiment with math and science concepts as he or she explores the properties of water. It provides some relaxed time with a parent or caregiver, just laughing and talking. By the time you’ve […]

What to do about # 2? Tips & Tricks for when your toddler is constipated

By Cristina F. Toscano Toddlers consuming table foods should be passing stool at least every other day. If they are going 3 or more days without going #2, or are having trouble and straining for 10 minutes each time they pass a bowel movement, they may be constipated. It is a fairly common issue among […]

Tips for Parents to Encourage Healthy Eating in Children

By Ruchi Shah, MS, RD, CDN Focus on Healthy Eating Leave unhealthy choices such as chips, soda, juice, and cookies at the grocery store. Focus on keeping fruit, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and water in the house. Involve children in grocery shopping and cooking. When children are involved in the process of choosing and […]

Family Health and Telling the Truth

By Maxine Roeper Cohen, M.S. Parents are encouraged to visit a pediatrician regularly with their children. In fact, once that first child is born, a regular pattern of doctor visits is dutifully followed for the good and welfare of the child. In addition to physical check-ups and inoculations, pediatric visits also offer the opportunity for […]

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Healthy Eating Tips During the Holidays

By Ruchi Shah, MS, RD, CDN The holidays are coming, and with them come delicious cookies, large plates filled with food, overindulging, and the inability to say “no” to a second or third helping. The average American gains a couple of pounds during the holidays, and this weight gain leads to New Years’ resolutions to […]

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