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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 […]

10 Ways to Make Fruit Fun for You and Your Toddler

By Christina F. Toscano It is recommended that at each meal, ¼ of your plate should be fruit. In fact, toddlers age 2-3 need 1 cup a day and children age 4-8 need 1 and 1/2 cups. Most adults need 2 cups. It is important to meet this recommendation because fruit provides important vitamins, minerals, […]

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 […]

What’s in your Diaper Bag?

By Kerri Kreh Reda, M.P.H. One of the best ways to have a successful outing with a little one is to be prepared with a well stocked diaper bag. The items you pack will change, depending on the outing and the age of your child. Here are some suggestions to get you started: Diapers Wipes […]

Preschoolers and Computers: Less is More

By Nancy Olsen-Harbich, MA How much time—if any—should a preschooler spend at a computer? Educators, psychologists, and scientists continue to debate the potential impact of computer use on young children’s development. What are the advantages and disadvantages? Three concerns weigh heavily in the debate: Computer use adds even more sedentary “screen time” to the daily […]

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 […]

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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