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Do as you say and say as you do!

By Kerri Kreh Reda As your child’s first teacher, you teach her many things – how to talk, feed herself, dress herself and how to use the toilet.  You make a conscious effort to teach these skills.  What you may not realize is that you also teach many other things unintentionally by the example you […]

What Parents of Pre-Teens Should Really Worry About

By Tim Jahn Raising a pre-teen today can be pretty nerve-wracking.  Whenever a young person brings a gun to school or is lured into a dangerous rendezvous by an online predator, the headlines shock the general public and terrify parents of pre-teens and teens.  Every week brings some news that distresses parents – youth gangs, […]

Summer Nutrition: Safe and Healthy Eating in the Sun

By Alysa Ferguson Summertime is great for barbeques, picnics, and fresh produce (think grilled vegetables with your meal and watermelon for dessert!). However, fun-in-the-sun eating also means taking some extra precautions to ensure your family’s food is safe to eat. The warmer temperatures create a perfect environment for bacteria and other pathogens to multiply rapidly, […]

Dignity at School, Dignity at Home

By Timothy Jahn The Dignity for All Students Act or DASA was passed by the New York State Legislature and signed into law by Governor Paterson in 2010 and became effective July 1, 2012.  Under this law, schools are required to provide a school environment free from discrimination and harassment which is defined as verbal […]

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 […]

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 – Part 2

By Maxine Roeper Cohen, M.S. We live in challenging and dangerous times. Consider the school shootings which occurred during the past few months. Incredibly, these murders were committed by teenagers, although nobody at the time was able to predict that those teens were in such states of crises that they literally exploded at their schools. […]

Just Say “No” to Spring Break

By Tim Jahn, M.ED Like the swallows of San Juan Capistrano, thousands of college students fly south to warmer climates each year and land in places like Cancun, Panama City, Cabo San Lucas and South Padre Island. Spring Break is a cultural phenomenon that was kick-started in 1960 with the movie “Where the Boys Are.” […]

Teens and Sleep

  By Maxine Roeper Cohen, M.S. Remember when your little ones awoke at the crack of dawn and instantly called for you to start the day? As parents, we wish that our young children would sleep a bit later so that we may catch some more shut-eye as well. If we only knew then how […]

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, […]

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