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How Should I Deal with My Child's Demands and Frustrations?

How Should I Deal with My Child's Demands and Frustrations?

A social worker with two decades of experience working with stressed families and challenged children provides tips for parents on how to deal with their child’s demands and calm their frustrations in a constructive and successful way, without blowing up or giving in.

How Worried Should I Be About Secondhand Smoke?

How Worried Should I Be About Secondhand Smoke?

In an ongoing study by the Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health in Manhattan, more than 700 local pregnant women and their children are being monitored for the effects of air pollutants on their health. The study is led by Frederica Perera, Dr.P.H, who spoke with us about the impact of secondhand smoke during pregnancy, its health risks for young kids, and tips on avoiding it.

How To Help High School Teens Cope With Stress

How To Help High School Teens Cope With Stress

Ask a high school student why s/he’s so stressed out, and prepare to hear a long list of offenders. But you can help your teen: parents can use their own experience, along with some love and patience, to help their overwhelmed teens cope with stress.

Ask the Expert: What Should Parents Know About Sepsis?

Ask the Expert: What Should Parents Know About Sepsis?

Sepsis, also known as blood poisoning, is a medical condition triggered by an infection that's a leading cause of death in hospitals. Here, get details on sepsis symptoms and risk factors from a local urgent care doctor.

Should I Take My Child to Urgent Care or the ER?

Should I Take My Child to Urgent Care or the ER?

Your child is feeling sick or has an injury. Do you know whether to take him to see the physician or to the hospital's ER? A Long Island doctor helps you decide.

Sun Safety Tips for Kids

Sun Safety Tips for Kids

This summer, the FDA rolls out new sunscreen guidelines and an expert from PM Pediatrics helps explain what they mean, what parents should know about the different types of sunscreens, and offers tips on how to best protect your child from the sun.

Ask the Expert: How Can I Use Songs to Help Teach My Young Child Small Lessons?

Ask the Expert: How Can I Use Songs to Help Teach My Young Child Small Lessons?

Margie La Bella, a Long Island-based music therapist, offers parents advice on how to write or adapt songs to help kids learn their letters, colors, and body parts as well as basic skills like eye contact and making transitions.

Ask the Expert: Are My Child's Learning Problems Really Caused by Hidden Vision Problems?

Ask the Expert: Are My Child's Learning Problems Really Caused by Hidden Vision Problems?

A staggering number of children who have learning difficulties are also suffering from hidden vision problems, which may be the cause of their trouble in school. Local expert Michal Luchins, O.D., of Family Vision & Learning Center in Suffern, NY, weighs in on the critical link between vision and learning and how to tell if your child is struggling with learning-related vision problems.

Ask the Expert: Will Singing to My Kids Make Them Smarter?

Ask the Expert: Will Singing to My Kids Make Them Smarter?

Margie La Bella, a local music therapist and special educator, explains why parents should sing to their children, the benefits of singing for your child's learning and development, and how even "non-musical" parents can easily create and sing fun songs that their children will respond to.

Is the Food Pyramid I Grew Up with Still Relevant?

Is the Food Pyramid I Grew Up with Still Relevant?

The food pyramid that many parents grew up with is outdated and nutrition recommendations have evolved quite a bit over the past decade. With all these changes, how do we know what to feed our kids? We asked Rebecca Meyerson, a certified nutrition counselor who practices in Westchester County, for some simple guidelines.

What You Need to Know About the SATs and ACTs

What You Need to Know About the SATs and ACTs

Former teachers, who now run a tutoring service in New Jersey and the five boroughs, explain the differences between the SATs and ACTs and which exam is best for your child.

Possible Symptoms of Eating Disorders in Children

Possible Symptoms of Eating Disorders in Children

If you suspect your child may have an eating disorder, consult these tips: Rebecca Meyerson, a certified nutrition counselor who practices in Westchester County, NY, offers the most common warning signs to look for in anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating disorders.

What to Do When Your Child is the Bully

What to Do When Your Child is the Bully

If you suspect your child is bullying others or you've noticed your child being aggressive, read these tips on how parents can stop bullying.

What to Do When Your Child Becomes a Vegetarian

What to Do When Your Child Becomes a Vegetarian

When one child decides to be a vegetarian, make sure she's getting the right nutrition by following these diet tips from a certified nutrition counselor.

What to Do When Your Child is Diagnosed with a Learning Disability

What to Do When Your Child is Diagnosed with a Learning Disability

When your child has been recently diagnosed with a learning disability or you suspect your son or daughter may have learning disabilities, find out what your first steps should be.

Ask the Expert: Does My Child Need to Be Screened for High Cholesterol?

Ask the Expert: Does My Child Need to Be Screened for High Cholesterol?

We asked Anthony F. Porto, M.D., M.P.H., director of pediatric gastroenterology at Greenwich Hospital in Greenwich, CT, and assistant professor of pediatrics at Yale University. Read Dr. Porto's advice on what age kids should be tested for high cholesterol, what the risk factors are for developing high cholesterol at an early age, and how to prevent the diseases caused by high cholesterol.

Ask the Expert: How Do I Get My Child Started in Acting or Modeling?

Ask the Expert: How Do I Get My Child Started in Acting or Modeling?

We spoke with John Predaina, director of the John Robert Powers modeling, acting, and etiquette school for kids on Long Island, to get his best advice for parents who want to get their child into acting, modeling, or show business.

Ask the Expert: Why Do Students with Special Needs Require Multisensory Teaching Methods?

Ask the Expert: Why Do Students with Special Needs Require Multisensory Teaching Methods?

We asked Rhonda Boltax, a learning disabilities specialist and the founder of Keys to Reading in Great Neck, NY, if and why multisensory teaching methods, like visual, auditory, kinesthetic, and tactile methods, are effective for children with special needs like learning disabilities and dyslexia.

Ask the Expert: What Are Your Top 5 Tips for Raising Confident Kids?

Ask the Expert: What Are Your Top 5 Tips for Raising Confident Kids?

Gina Otto, author of "Cassandra's Angel" and international children's advocate, provides the following five tips on how to raise confident, self-assured children based on the experience she gained during her 15 years spent speaking with and learning from children firsthand.

Ask the Expert: How Can I Get My Child with Autism to Engage in Less Self-Stimulation?

Ask the Expert: How Can I Get My Child with Autism to Engage in Less Self-Stimulation?

We asked Michelle Colletti, an occupational therapist who practices in the NYC area, to give her insight on a question that often arises for parents of kids with autism: If my child is self-absorbed and often engages in self-stimulation, how can I get him to make more eye contact and "stimm" less?

Ask the Expert: Is Breakfast Really the Most Important Meal for Kids?

Ask the Expert: Is Breakfast Really the Most Important Meal for Kids?

Rebecca Meyerson, a certified nutrition counselor, discusses the importance of breakfast for kids and teens and offers a few easy and quick breakfast ideas.

Ask the Experts: How Can I Keep My Child Physically Active During the School Year?

Ask the Experts: How Can I Keep My Child Physically Active During the School Year?

Keith and Jyl Camhi, founders of the children's gym Great Play, offer parents five easy ways to keep their kids active during the school year, from simply turning off the TV to making fitness a family effort. Read on for their advice.

Ask the Expert: How Do I Explain a Special Needs Diagnosis to My Child?

Ask the Expert: How Do I Explain a Special Needs Diagnosis to My Child?

We asked Melanie Pearl, Ph.D., a licensed clinical psychologist and certified school psychologist based in Stamford, CT, how to explain a special needs diagnosis to the affected child, and, specifically, her advice on how to tell a child with Aspberger's Syndrome that he has been diagnosed with Aspberger's.

Ask the Expert: How to Make Your Child's Birthday Party a Success for Everyone Involved

Ask the Expert: How to Make Your Child's Birthday Party a Success for Everyone Involved

A local Youth Rabbi presents two easy ways to make your child's next birthday party or special occasion both meaningful and memorable, for the birthday girl and her guests.

Ask the Expert: How Valuable are Singing Lessons for Kids?

Ask the Expert: How Valuable are Singing Lessons for Kids?

If a child doesn't seem to have a natural talent for singing, are voice lessons really worth it? Professional singer and musician Patricia Shih says they are, for several reasons.




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