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I ‘screen’, you ‘screen’, we all ‘screen’ for I-screens…and other devices!

By Kerri Kreh Reda, M.P.H. America loves digital devices; it seems we can’t get enough time with our screens (television, smartphones, tablets, computers, etc.) According to a 2018 Nielsen report, adults 18 years of age and older spend more than 11 hours per day listening to, watching, reading, or interacting with media. Our teens aren’t […]

Growing a Reader

By Nancy Olsen-Harbich, MA At 3 to 5 years old, your child is getting ready to read. You can help your preschooler grow into a reader by reading aloud with, not to your child—encouraging your child to become actively involved, talking about the story as it unfolds, and using his or her imagination to guess […]

Pets Can Provide Many Benefits for Young Children

By Dinah Torres Castro Having a pet to play with, talk to, and touch can be a great benefit for young children, especially shy ones. Pets give unconditional love, and because they are non-judgmental pets can help a child who is lonely, shy, or emotionally distressed. Pets can make your children feel like they have […]

Is Play the Answer?

By Kerri Kreh Reda, M.P.H. Play is an essential component of a happy, healthy, and well-developed child. There is much concern these days about the social and emotional health of our children as they have greater rates of depression, stress, and anxiety. We hear all too often about school shootings, bullying, and addiction. There seems […]

Teaching Children to be Kind

By Maxine Roeper Cohen, M.S. As a parent, do you think of yourself as a teacher? You are the first and most important teacher your child will ever have! In addition to teaching your small children the letters of the alphabet, colors, counting, and singing “The Wheels on the Bus”, there’s another area of educating […]

Tips for Families with Children to Foster Healthier Eating and Activity Habits

By Kim Manfried, RD CDN Plan a family walking day(s) each week at a local mall, park, or around the neighborhood. Wear a low cost fitness tracker or free app on phone for older children to track steps. Look for ways around the house to safely increase activity, such as walking or running in place, […]

Staying Active throughout the Life Cycle

By Kerri Kreh Reda, M.P.H. One of the best things you can do for yourself throughout the life cycle is to stay physically active. Notice that I did not say exercise; I said stay active! Physical activity simply means moving your body. For children it means playing actively, and it should be fun for adults […]

Getting Kids to Do Chores May Be Easier Than You Think

By Nancy Olsen-Harbich, MA Young children are often very eager to help with household chores, especially chores that look like fun and are usually reserved for big kids or adults. Seize the opportunity and capitalize on your child’s natural desire to feel grown up and useful. Just realize that it is an opportunity to teach […]

Little Chefs Big Fun!

By Christina F. Toscano 5 Fun Recipes to Cook WITH your Toddler Cooking with your little one is a great way to bond while establishing healthy eating habits. It can be a fun rainy day activity, a learning experience, and a teaching moment-all in one! Here are some ideas for easy meals you can create […]

The Benefits of Music In Child Development

By Dinah Torres Castro Music can play an important part in boosting resilience and mental health. Let’s take a look at some other benefits that music can provide as children experience music in their everyday activities. The Environmental Rating Scales Institute tells us that children can gain language skills, fine motor skills, social skills, balance […]

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