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Skip the Power Struggle

By Nancy Olsen-Harbich, MA “It doesn’t matter what I ask – she never obeys me.” “He’s impossible! I hate it that every day ends with me yelling and him crying.” “The simplest thing turns into a contest, and no one wins.” Sound familiar? What parent hasn’t been frustrated by trying to solicit cooperation from a […]

Making Good Choices: A Life-long Skill

By Dinah Torres Castro Most parents will agree that raising a responsible child is one of their top goals. Part of creating responsibility is allowing your child to make good decisions. Giving choices to young children is the first step to helping them make good decisions. Here is where parents need to be smart about […]

Choosing Good Books for Young Children

By Nancy Olsen-Harbich, MA You know that good reading skills can help your child throughout life, and that you can help develop a love for reading by reading aloud with your child. But how do you select the best books? Good books for preschoolers should be enjoyable, but they should also stimulate curiosity and imagination, […]

Going to Bed

By Nancy Olsen-Harbich, MA Everyone Benefits When Preschoolers Get to Bed on Time Three and a half year old Emma hates to go to bed. Her parents adore her, but hate the bedtime battles. Even after Emma is peacefully asleep, her parents are still on edge, their plans to spend time enjoying each other’s company […]


By Maxine Roeper Cohen, M.S. In the nature of my work, I meet with parents of young children. There’s never a question that they all want their little ones to grow up to be confident, competent, caring, conscientious, and nurturing adults. Parents are the best role models for these traits, and children learn through observation […]

Dealing with Morning Madness

By Nancy Olsen-Harbich, MA Does the thought of getting out of bed and trying to get your child ready to leave the house make you want to crawl deeper under the covers each morning? Children need lots of time and a routine to follow each morning, or chaos can accompany the Cornflakes, and bad tempers […]

How long should parents read to their children?

By Maxine Roeper Cohen, M.S. Parents who enjoy reading eagerly await the birth of their first child so that they can impart that love to the next generation. Early literacy development is promoted by speaking, singing, interacting, playing, smiling, and choreographing that reciprocal dance between parent and child. As baby moves through the first year […]

Water Safety

By Kerri Kreh Reda, M.P.H. Each year, nearly 1,000 children ages 14 and younger drown. Those most at risk are children ages 4 and younger.  Young children can drown in only an inch of water – therefore ponds, fountains, streams, creeks, storm drains, and buckets are all potential hazards. Here are some water safety tips […]

Go Outside and Play

By Nancy Olsen-Harbich, MA Can you remember how powerful and free you felt as a child when you ran fast, climbed high, and yelled at the top of your lungs for playmates to follow along? Going outside to play for part of every day provides so many benefits for your child. These include: Improving coordination […]

The Importance of Routines for Young Children

By Dinah Torres Castro Every new parent has a moment when they realize life with a new baby is hard. But there is something that can make things easier…routine. Routines are repeated, predictable events that provide a foundation for daily tasks. Some parents resist establishing routines because they think, “I’ve got this…I’ll sleep when she […]

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