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But they like it

By Kerri Kreh Reda, M.P.H. While presenting a program on children and screens recently, and for what seems like the hundreth time, parents told me that they have a difficult time restricting their children’s use of screens because “they like it”.  I know it can be difficult to tell your children “no” when it causes […]

Parenting in the Midst of COVID-19

Adapted from the Science of Parenting Blog posted on March 16, 2020 written by Mackenzie Johnson 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, we’ve identified some trustworthy resources to help you navigate this ever-changing situation. COVID-19 Facts […]

Encourage Your Child To Be a Good Friend

By Maxine Roeper Cohen, M.S. Preschoolers want to make friends with other children and they should. There is a natural progression from solitary play during infancy to playing alongside others during the toddler years. Learning to make friends is an important task and part of your child’s growing social development and interest in the world. […]

Digital Media and ADHD

By Maxine Roeper Cohen, M.S. A July, 2018 study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that the risk of teens developing symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is associated with the amount of time they spend on video games, streaming devices, and social media sites. This study followed 2500 teens […]

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 […]

Back on Track after the Holidays

By Kim Manfried, RD CDN After another long holiday season, as well as cold outdoor temperatures, getting back on track to eating salads and oatmeal may seem daunting and not so tasty. Quieter houses with less hustle and bustle can make you feel a bit down. For those who may have indulged a bit on […]

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 […]

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 […]

The skinny on sleepovers

By Tim Jahn, M.ED Pre-teens and teens love sleepovers, and why not? Hanging out with their best friends, staying up all night, eating lots of junk food, watching lots of junk TV, playing video games, gossiping about classmates – what’s not to like? Well, if you’re the host parent who has to feed this crew, […]


By Maxine Roeper Cohen, M.S. For most of us, friendship is important. Research has shown how social isolation can lead to poor health. Spending time with friends, a spouse or significant other, or a group of friends is linked to good health. In fact, the concept of quantity in social interactions has been studied closely. […]