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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 […]

Screen-Free Week 2020

By Kerri Kreh Reda, M.P.H. As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, Screen-Free Week 2020, originally scheduled for April 30-May 6, 2020, has been postponed.  Many of us use technology more than ever right now, and have relaxed our rules around screen time for ourselves and our children.  While we are fortunate that technology allows […]

Fit Family Fun!

By Cristina F. Toscano, RD 10 fun ways to get moving as a family  Adults should do at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity exercise or 75 minutes of vigorous intensity aerobic exercise each week, or a combination of the two, according to the US Department of Health & Human Services. For children and adolescents […]

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 […]

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