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Reading for Fun

By Dinah Torres Castro Recently, I was sitting outside of a library in the late afternoon on a beautiful day. I watched as three siblings ran towards the library entrance. Suddenly the boy stopped near the entrance and announced that he was going to write some graffiti on the library door. He appeared to be […]

Distracted Parenting

By Kerri Kreh Reda, M.P.H. I’m sure you have heard of distracted driving, but what about distracted parenting? For years there has been concern about children’s use of technology. Numerous studies point to health, behavior, and learning issues. But there is growing concern about the impact that parents’ technology use has on their children. Children […]

The Opioid Epidemic

By Tim Jahn, M.ED Drug overdose deaths have doubled since 1999, and deaths from prescription opioids and heroin have quadrupled. According to the Centers for Disease Control, 91 people die each day from opioid drug overdoses. In fact, more people die each year from drug overdoses than from car accidents or homicide. What are Opioids? […]

Morning Madness

By Nancy Olsen-Harbich, MA Does the thought of getting up and trying to get your young children ready to leave the house make you want to dive back under the covers? Preschoolers need plenty of time and a clear routine to follow, or frustration and anger can set the tone for the rest of the […]

Teens and Sleep

  By Maxine Roeper Cohen, M.S. Remember when your little ones awoke at the crack of dawn and instantly called for you to start the day? As parents, we wish that our young children would sleep a bit later so that we may catch some more shut-eye as well. If we only knew then how […]

The Opioid Epidemic and Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

By Dinah Torres Castro During the weeks leading up to Election Day, my mailbox was flooded with ads promoting various candidates running for office in Suffolk County. There was one in particular that caught my eye. The headline read, “Suffolk County Leads New York State with the Highest Rate of Overdose Deaths.” It went on […]

Not Quite the Truth:

By Nancy Olsen-Harbich, MA What to Do When Your Child Lies or Greatly Exaggerates Young children who do not always tell the whole truth are not necessarily deliberately lying. Rather, they are not always able to separate reality from fantasy. Lying is not the result of moral failure, but often of a rich imagination and […]

Handling Homework

By Tim Jahn, M.ED Homework can become an enormous source of conflict between parents and children. Children resist doing homework, well, because it’s work and, let’s face it, they would rather play. At times, parents may wonder if teachers are trying to punish them. Is homework helpful? Most educators agree, and research supports them, that […]

The Best Toys for your Child and your Money

   By Kerri Kreh Reda, M.P.H. It’s that time of year again, when you may be buying gifts for the children in your life. There are lots of toys to choose from, and the cost can really add up. Here are some suggestions for getting the best “bang for your buck” and for choosing toys […]


By Kim Mendel, RD CDN Merriam Webster’s dictionary defines declutter as “to remove clutter from a room, an area, etc.” The “etc” part can mean many things and decluttering can help you with many areas of your life. When our lives are cluttered with an excess of anything (such as clothes, papers, photos, kitchen supplies, […]

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