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Preparing for the 2020-2021 School Year

Join us for “Preparing for the 2020-2021 School Year” There is no fee, however advanced registration is required.      Contact Jane Juran to register at      Please include:           your full name           the session you would like to register for           your email address Once we receive your registration, a link to the […]

School is out, learning is in

By Cara Weiner Sultan, MSW When school is out for the year, and with it the rigor of assignments and confinement to a specific schedule, many parents enjoy the lighter schedule. While summer can be a break, all parents probably fear, at one time or another, that their children may forget everything they have learned […]

FHW Podcasts

Until we resume our in-person, interactive parent education programs, the educators of Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Family Health and Wellness program encourage you to check out our website, where our blogs and podcasts (entitled Parenting Tips) are posted. They deal with a variety of important family concerns. Discover lots of helpful information on our Human […]

Reading to Babies and Young Children

By Maxine Roeper Cohen, M.S. One perfect way to connect with a baby or young child is to sit down and read a book together. Take away the technology; get comfortable together in a roomy chair or on a cushiony sofa, and let the magic begin!   Did you know that early in the first […]

Preventing Choking in Young Children

By Dinah Torres Castro There are many things parents and caregivers can do to prevent young children from choking while eating. The best thing anyone can do is to simply be there and be mindful of what the child is doing as he or she eats. It is also recommended that the adults make sure […]

Virtual Playdates: How technology is changing the face of young friends

By Cara Weiner Sultan, MSW Technology has revolutionized the experience of childhood these days. Screen time is a hotly debated topic, but can screens be used to promote social interactions when face to face interactions are not possible? What about using technology to enhance and broaden your child’s socialization skills? Nothing should ever replace real […]

Understanding Teens and their Social Needs during the Corona Virus

By Maxine Roeper Cohen, M.S. Social isolation is hard for all of us. We are social beings, and human interaction brings us pleasure and promotes our sense of health and well-being. During this time of Covid-19, many families are quarantined together. This is helpful for those who enjoy harmonious relationships. For teen-aged children, however, being […]

Different Styles of Parenting

By Kerri Kreh Reda, M.P.H. You may have heard that there are different styles of parenting. Although there is a time and place for each of them, there is one style that research shows to have better outcomes for children. On one end of the continuum is the Authoritarian style. This style of parenting can […]

Talking to your Kids about Race

By Dinah Torres Castro Children aren’t born racists – they are taught to be. With protests over the killing of George Floyd happening in all fifty states, many parents are concerned about how they can talk to their children about the unrest in our nation. We not only need to start these conversations about race […]

Overindulgent Parenting – What is “enough” for Preschoolers?

By Nancy Olsen-Harbich, MA We live in an environment on Long Island that encourages all of us to overindulge. There are shopping opportunities at every turn in the road, plentiful entertainment, arts, and sports activities to choose from, and many service providers for the tasks we can’t seem to find time for – house cleaning, […]

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