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Music or Magic?

By Dinah Torres Castro How many parents have sweetly and politely asked their three year olds to clean up their toys and waited to no avail? Yet, those same parents can come into the room where the three year olds are playing and simply start singing that familiar clean up song, and magically those children […]

Talking to your kids about sex – how to get started

By Kerri Kreh Reda, M.P.H. Talking with your children about sex and sexuality can be uncomfortable, but it is extremely important for their healthy sexual development. Here are some guidelines to get you started: Start early: Children are naturally curious about sex from an early age. When they are young, their questions are often easier […]

Separation Anxiety: Preparing Your Child And Yourself for the Times You Spend Apart

By Nancy Olsen-Harbich, MA Leaving your little one at a preschool or early childhood program for the first time can cause uncomfortable feelings of separation anxiety for both you and your child. Remind yourself that as painful as separation anxiety may be, it represents a big step in your child’s development. It means that your […]

My toddler will only eat ______

By Christina F. Toscano My toddler will only eat ______. Fill in the blank as you wish—macaroni and cheese, French fries, grilled cheese, chicken nuggets, etc. This is one of the most common complaints I hear from parents with young children. Parents would rather make a special meal every time the family eats than worry […]

Let’s Cook at Home More often

By Dinah Torres Castro If you are concerned about the fat, sodium, or sugar in your food, then preparing food at home instead of eating out just may be the answer to good health for your family. Home-cooked food is usually lower in saturated fat, sodium, and sugar, and higher in good nutrients like fiber, […]

Teens and Depression – Part 2

By Maxine Roeper Cohen, M.S. We live in challenging and dangerous times. Consider the school shootings which occurred during the past few months. Incredibly, these murders were committed by teenagers, although nobody at the time was able to predict that those teens were in such states of crises that they literally exploded at their schools. […]

How well do you and your family communicate?

By Kerri Kreh Reda, M.P.H. Communication affects all that goes on between people. It is much more than just talking; it is what we say, how we say it, and what we don’t say. Communication includes our facial expression, body language, and tone of voice. It is two-directional and involves paying attention to what others […]

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 […]

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