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Getting Ready for School: First Impressions Do Matter

By Nancy Olsen-Harbich, MA How your child responds to his first days of school is important because it may affect his feelings about school for a long time to come. If he has a good first impression of kindergarten and he isn’t disappointed or made to feel ill-prepared, he’s more likely to believe school to […]

Laptop Note taking Versus Handwriting Note Taking

By Maxine Roeper Cohen, M.S. Years ago, most of us listened to our teachers and took notes in each class utilizing pen (or pencil) and paper (in marble or spiral notebooks, or in loose leaf binders). In today’s world, laptop computers have become most popular for note taking, especially for college students who carry these […]

Vaccines for College Students

By Kathy Sinkin, RN, CDE It’s the time of year when our high school graduates are getting ready to attend college in the fall, and we’re racing to take them to the doctor for their school physicals and necessary vaccines. The following are 4 vaccine areas emphasized and recommended for college students and young adults […]

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 […]

Responding to Shyness

By Nancy Olsen-Harbich, MA You’re picking your child up from preschool and meet another mother in the hallway. School lets out and her child comes bounding over, hugs her mother, and politely greets you by name. Your child comes over, hides behind you, and barely mumbles a shy “hi.” Many parents in that situation would […]

Skills for Success

By Kerri Kreh Reda, M.P.H. Kindergarten teachers call them school readiness skills, employers call them soft skills, and child development professionals refer to them as executive function skills. Regardless of what you call them, they all refer to a skill set that research shows is the best predictor of success in school, relationships, work, and […]

Back to School Balancing Act

By Tim Jahn, M.ED For pre-teens and teens returning to middle and high school, the first weeks of September can be demanding. Back to school brings a fresh start for academic success — a chance for your child to make significant headway towards good grades. It also means reconnecting with friends they may not have […]

When You Dislike a Teen’s New Friend

By Tim Jahn, M.ED Her new friend is dressed all in black, has purple hair and pops her bubble gum incessantly. His new friend wears a tee shirt advertising a heavy metal band and featuring expletives only partially deleted. When you say, “Your new friend seems a little strange, don’t you think?” he becomes instantly […]


By Maxine Roeper Cohen, M.S. In a few weeks sweet summer will be over and it’s time to begin a new school year. After ten weeks of summer vacation, children forget a sizeable chunk of the previous year’s curriculum. It’s not uncommon to lose two months of grade level equivalency over the summer. Students have […]

Back to School Shopping without Going Broke!

By Kerri Kreh Reda, M.P.H. Class assignments and school schedules are out which means it is time to think about back-to-school needs. Whether it is clothing or school supplies it is best to have a plan in place before heading out to shop. Back-to-school shopping is often a huge expense; according to the National Retail […]

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