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Screen-free week is April 30 – May 6, 2018

By Kerri Kreh Reda, M.P.H. Screen-free week is a worldwide movement that is growing each year. Past participants of screen-free week have indicated that going screen-free was easier than they expected it to be. They also found that they had fewer discipline problems with their children and had more family time for fun. They plan […]

Warding Off Meltdowns

By Nancy Olsen-Harbich, MA Meltdowns happen. Just visit any grocery store, restaurant, park or any public place around 4pm and you are likely to encounter at least one young child who has gone “over the brink” into a meltdown with a parent (or two) following not far behind. Children often “lose it” when they are […]

Taking the Car Keys Away from Mom and Dad

By Kathy Sinkin, RN, CDE Do you remember how you felt when you passed your road test and drove by yourself for the first time? Remember that sense of freedom and privilege? Think for one minute how you would feel if someone took your car keys away and said you couldn’t drive anymore. For older […]

Teens and Depression

By Maxine Roeper Cohen, M.S. As parents, it’s difficult to determine if your teen is suffering from depression or anxiety, or is merely being moody. Rates of clinical depression and anxiety have risen in the teenage population (ages 12-17) during the past ten years. The National Institute of Mental Health estimates that in the past […]

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 […]

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