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Dealing with Loss and Grief

By Laura Keiley, RN Loss is a part of everyone’s life, and grief is the price we pay for love. The death of a loved one is one of, if not the most, painful and difficult things we will experience in life. Whether the loss is expected or sudden, losing someone you love is emotionally […]

What’s in your teen’s backpack?

By Cara Weiner Sultan, MSW As your children move to middle and high school, their backpacks no longer contain markers, crayons, and scissors. Instead, school supplies become an interesting assortment of computers, phones, chargers, and other electronic devices. Did you know that the electronic-looking contents of your child’s backpack may actually be masking an e-cigarette […]

How to help your child be successful with remote instruction

By Kerri Kreh Reda, M.P.H. If your child did not start the 2020-2021 school year with remote learning, it is highly likely that he or she will experience it, for at least a brief time, before the school year is through. Here are some tips that can help your child be more successful while learning […]

Tweens and Teens and School Starting Time

By Maxine Roeper Cohen, M.S. In a previous blog I wrote, entitled Teens and Sleep (please check the blog archive), I stressed the importance of a proper amount of sleep for youngsters’ physical, emotional and cognitive health. The average pre-teen and teen need about 9 – 9 ½ hours of sleep each night, about one […]

Staycation Ideas for Summer/Fall

By Dinah Torres Castro Summer is almost gone, and most parents are consumed with the start of school this fall. Will it be done in person, remotely, or will school districts decide on a hybrid learning situation? What are the safety concerns for children and teachers? These are big questions and there is not much […]

More Parenting Resources in the Midst of COVID-19

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, below is another trustworthy resource from Washington State Extension regarding COVID-19. “Resources for Parents and Caregivers as well as Fun Tips and Activities for Children and Families” to help you […]

Preparing for the 2020-2021 School Year

Join us for “Preparing for the 2020-2021 School Year” There is no fee, however advanced registration is required.      Contact Jane Juran to register at      Please include:           your full name           the session you would like to register for           your email address Once we receive your registration, a link to the […]

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 […]

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, 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 […]

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