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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, […]

How Come Teen Boys are So Different from Teen Girls?

By Maxine Roeper Cohen, M.S. The middle school years are revealing in differentiating male vs. female student language ability, attention span, and empathy feelings. There are always exceptions, but for the most part girls are better organized, have their homework completed, tower above the boys in height, and are more responsive in classroom situations. This […]

The Power of Pumpkins

By Dinah Torres Castro How much fun is it to take your little ones pumpkin picking? Many parents make this an annual tradition. We buy the pumpkins and decorate them for Halloween, sometimes leaving them on our porches past the Thanksgiving holiday. Most of us enjoy a nice slice of pumpkin pie or a treat […]

Getting Preschoolers to Bed: Everyone Benefits

By Nancy Olsen-Harbich, MA Three-and-a-half year old Emma hates to go to bed. Being awake is more interesting and she does not want the day to end. Her mom and dad adore her, yet find themselves exhausted by the nightly battles at bedtime. Even after bedtime is finally accomplished, they find themselves too wrung out […]

Retirement – What’s Next?

By Maxine Roeper Cohen, M.S. Most seniors look forward to the day when they can retire from work. They might have worked forty, fifty, or more years, and now it’s time for the next phase of life, retirement! It sounds like paradise, with time to do all the things that have been put off due […]

Reducing Sibling Rivalry

By Nancy Olsen-Harbich, MA “Why can’t they just get along? In our pre-parenting fantasies about the families we looked forward to creating, loving and supportive sibling relationships were a given – our fair and attentive parenting would eliminate all sources of rivalry. “Easy”, we thought. What happened? Why in the world are they fighting over […]

Choices are good but beware of “Okay”

By Kerri Kreh Reda, M.P.H.   As a parent educator, I often suggest that parents use choices as a tool for guiding their child’s behavior. Offering choices is a great way to cut down on power struggles between you and your child because it allows you to set boundaries (the parent determines the choices) while […]

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