Legal, Financial, Tutoring, Health Care, & Professional Services for Kids and Families on Long Island

Legal, Financial, Tutoring, Health Care, & Professional Services for Kids and Families on Long Island

UPDATED November 2018: Long Island is home to a variety of professional services that will help families with their various needs, including health care providers, tutors and test prep services, and legal services. Health care providers in Nassau a...

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Back to School Success Strategies for Parents

Back to School Success Strategies for Parents

It's back-to-school season and we all know what that means, plenty of stress, school supply shopping, and the struggle of trying to find the right after-school activity for your kids. But while you're feeling frazzled, are you thinking about how yo...

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Hey Google! Can You Teach My Kid Some Manners…Please?

Hey Google! Can You Teach My Kid Some Manners…Please?

Smart home devices like Google Assistant and Amazon's Alexa, have many advantages, but are they turning our children into brats?

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How to Avoid Toddler Holiday Meltdowns

How to Avoid Toddler Holiday Meltdowns

The festive season can be stressful for toddlers. Here's how to prevent temper tantrums.

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How to Resist Peer Pressure: Strategies for Teens

How to Resist Peer Pressure: Strategies for Teens

Mix-and-match peer pressure refusal strategies to share with your teen

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Why Kids Do Weird Things

Why Kids Do Weird Things

Some of your child’s strangest behaviors and habits, explained by experts.

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Why Etiquette Schools are Thriving Today

Why Etiquette Schools are Thriving Today

Though it may seem quaint, etiquette schools are thriving today—here's why.

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Etiquette Schools in the NY Metro Area

Etiquette Schools in the NY Metro Area

A roundup of local manners and etiquette schools and programs in the New York metro area, including schools in Manhattan, Staten Island, Long Island, and Connecticut

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Pediatric Behavioral Health Center Opens in Stony Brook

Pediatric Behavioral Health Center Opens in Stony Brook

Three Village Behavioral Medicine, a brand new practice founded by Dr. James Parles, MD, PLLC, opened in Stony Brook last month.

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How Can I Manage My Child's Tantrums?

How Can I Manage My Child's Tantrums?

A child and adolescent psychologist shares how parents can manage and reduce their child's tantrums.

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What to Do When Your Children Come Face-to-Face with Racism

What to Do When Your Children Come Face-to-Face with Racism

Racism is prevalent, and this mother taught her children how to be compassionate and kind, even after they were bullied for their ethnicities.

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Common Sense Media Rolls Out New Character Ratings System

Common Sense Media Rolls Out New Character Ratings System

Common Sense Media launches a new ratings system evaluating character strengths and values in youth media at South by Southwest media conference in Austin this week.

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Simple Tips to Avoid Overpraising Your Children

Simple Tips to Avoid Overpraising Your Children

Constant praise is not helpful for children. Instead, try these simple alternative tips courtesy of Kim John Payne, M.Ed and author of the book "The Soul of Discipline."

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The State of the Kid: 2015 Survey Results

The State of the Kid: 2015 Survey Results

Highlights magazine released its annual “State of the Kid” report for 2015, focusing on three main areas: discipline, indulgence, and competition.

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The Truth Behind Your Child's Constant Boredom

The Truth Behind Your Child's Constant Boredom

When a child can frequently be described as lazy or bored it means that the child is not fully engaged in his work or play environment. The lazy or bored behavior is a symptom of an underlying concern—a red flag to look deeper.

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20 Discipline Mistakes Even Great Parents Make

20 Discipline Mistakes Even Great Parents Make

When it comes to disciplining your children, even the most well-informed, best-intentioned parents use less-than-effective habits. Daniel J. Seigel, M.D., and Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D., share the 20 discipline mistakes even great parents make.

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Yale Child Study Center Seeks Participants in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Study

Yale Child Study Center currently seeks participants in its cognitive-behavioral therapy study. The study aims to see if children who are taught various strategies will have fewer aggressive behavior outbursts.

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Ask the Expert: How Do I Calm My Child Who is Afraid of the Doctor?

Board-certified behavior analyst Jennifer Kourassanis-Velasquez shares expert tips to calm a child who is afraid of the doctor and prepare a scared child for a doctor's appointment.

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Ask the Expert: How Can Parents and Children Manage Anger?

Certified peer mediation specialist David Wolffe shares tips to help parents control their anger with anger management techniques, as well as how anger manifests itself differently in young and teen boys and girls.

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Ask the Expert: How Can I Help a Bully Manage Their Anger?

Is your child a bully who needs help managing their anger? Is your child bullied, and your worried about how he deals with the anger he feels because of it? Certified peer mediation specialist David Wolffe shares tips to help bullies and the bullie...

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Ask the Expert: What Anger Management Tools Work for Children with Special Needs?

Does your child with special needs need help managing their anger? Certified peer mediation specialist David Wolffe shares what anger management techniques help children with special needs manage and express anger in a positive way.

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Ask the Expert: How Should I Handle When My Children Roughhouse Play?

We spoke to Nyack-based psychologist Steven Lee, Ph.D., about the benefits of children participating in roughhouse play, as well as how to handle roughhouse play between girls and boys and how to handle overly aggressive roughhouse play.

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Fencing: A Sport For Kids Of All Ages

Fencing, a sport your child very well may have never heard of until the 2012 Olympics, is a perfect way to harness a child’s focus.

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Keep the Peace Between Siblings During Summer Vacation

The summer brings lots more family togetherness than during the school year, which is a very good thing — that is, until the kids start bickering. Here’s help for keeping sibling strife in check.

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How to Stop Your Child's Mealtime Tantrums

How to Stop Your Child's Mealtime Tantrums

America's Dinner Mom, a New York mother and author of "Dinner for Busy Moms," offers strategies on how to beat your child's food tantrums.

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Ask the Experts: How to Not Spoil Your Kids

Striking the right balance between providing the best things for your children and spoiling them can be difficult, so we asked experts in the New York metro area for their best advice for parents.

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Teach Your Kids to Appreciate the Little Things

Taking the time to smile upon the good things in your life will help you (and your children) keep perspective.

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How to Stay Motivated This Spring

Dr. Susan Bartell, national expert on child raising, shares her advice for parents on how changing a few small things can lead to more motivation for the whole family.

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Unplugged: How to Get Your Family Offline and Back to the Dinner Table

Technology is great, but it's changed the way families communicate and spend time together. Read on to find out how some families found a way to shut down — and how yours can to!

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How to Use Gentle Discipline: Advice from a Child Development Expert

Kids won't listen? Get them to behave by adapting an approach of gentle discipline. Child development expert Wendy Ludlow, LSCW, offers parents advice.

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What Parents Can Do to Stop Cyber Bullying

The wealth of technology available to our children's generation - from texting to email to social networking sites - has caused cyber-bullying to reach an all-time high. Read on for tips on how parents can recognize and prevent cyber-bullying.

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Is Your Fussy Baby 'High Need?'

Is your baby fussy and demanding? Does she cry intensely without the ability to self-soothe? Infants with characteristics like these may classify as "high need" babies, a term coined by Drs. William and Martha Sears. Read on for stories of high nee...

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10 Signs Your Parent-Child Boundary is Blurred

Read on for 10 ways to tell if you've blurred the line between being your child’s parent and being his friend.

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How to Confront 'Bully-ism'

Studies show that between 15-25 percent of U.S. students are frequently bullied. Rick Niece, Ph.D., responds to this national problem with tips on how parents can help stop bullies, and with them the harmful results of their behavior.

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How to Parent an Oppositional Child

David Swanson, licensed clinical psychologist, offers tips for parents on how to recognize and manage a child with oppositional defiant disorder.

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Alternatives to Overindulging Your Child

With all the economic turmoil, your family and other families may be forced to cut your holiday spending. But this should be thought of as a time to teach not only your children but also your entire family to be grateful for what they have and what...

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What to Do When Your Kids Say: 'Can We Get a Dog...Please??'

October is Adopt-A-Dog month! Is your family ready for all the responsibilities of a new pet? These tips from Dr. Susan Bartell will help you decide.

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Do You Have a Highly Intuitive Child?

Do you have a highly intuitive child? Read the following 10 traits and check those that apply to your child

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Points and Rewards

You may have gotten through the toddler years without tantrums, but sometimes when a child becomes an adolescent, she refuses to comply with house rules.

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Easing Your Kids Back to School

Transitioning from the lazy days of summer to a new grade or school can be a tough task for kids and parents alike.

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How To Not Spoil Your Kids

Although I could offer dozens of ideas and strategies for unspoiling your child, but my experience tells me that most parents know exactly what they have to do. Only somehow they just can’t do it.

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“I Wuv You, Mommy . . .” When Cute Can Become a Concern

It may sound cute when a pre-school child says "wuv" instead of "love", or "go potty" when they need to use the bathroom. But if it's your child who can't pronounce certain sounds, isn't talking in understandable sentences, or is very quiet, it be...

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How to Guide Kids to Get Results and Stop Nagging!

There are so many important topics to discuss with our children these days. It's important that they don't tune us out. The solution: Cut out the unnecessary talk (better known as nagging).

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