How to Raise a Helpful Child

How to Raise a Helpful Child

As parents, we all want to raise children who are emotionally intelligent and good decision makers. We want to have kids with character. So much of our focus is on our child’s identity, rather than her actions. But what if we spoke to them in such ...

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The Health Benefits of Playing Outside

The Health Benefits of Playing Outside

We've all heard that some germs are essential for health, but do we actually know why? And though microbes help build immunity, what about other aspects of health like allergies and emotional and physical development? Nathan H. Lents, Ph.D., a prof...

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Can Your Baby's Teeth Predict Autism?

Can Your Baby's Teeth Predict Autism?

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is an extremely common developmental disability with approximately one in 59 children being diagnosed. As with any special needs condition, early detection is essential. We already know that certain types of ovarian c...

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Why Your Child Should Have a Physical Examination

Why Your Child Should Have a Physical Examination

With flu season in full swing and the holidays swiftly approaching, parents often forget one important step, their child’s annual physical! We all know that visiting the doctor is critical to instilling healthy habits in your children, whether it's...

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How Much Screen Time Is Too Much?

How Much Screen Time Is Too Much?

It’s a familiar scene: You’re at the dinner table and you can barely get your child to look up from his tablet. A new analysis of activity levels suggests two out of three kids in the U.S. spend more than two hours per day looking at screens. As pa...

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6 Milestones Your Teen Will Experience—And How You Can Cope

6 Milestones Your Teen Will Experience—And How You Can Cope

As your children grow older and progress through the teenage years, there are certain milestones she will meet that aren't physical. These changes your teen is going through are signs he's growing up and becoming his own person. Here's how you can ...

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The Benefits of Summer Programs and Classes for Children, Pre-Teens, and Teens

The Benefits of Summer Programs and Classes for Children, Pre-Teens, and Teens

There are lots of quality summer programs for children these days. This abundance of kids’ summer classes and activities is a good thing! When children have long hours of undirected time, as they often do when school is out, “they are actually much...

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Why Does My Toddler Do Weird Things?

Why Does My Toddler Do Weird Things?

Running around naked, being super particular, watching the same movie over, and over, and over again. These weird toddler behaviors can get old fast, but they're totally normal in early childhood development. Experts share why.

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The Benefits of Creating a 'Yes' Space for Your Young Child

The Benefits of Creating a 'Yes' Space for Your Young Child

Stemming from the RIE® Educaring® approach to parenting from Magda Gerber, which is responding to your child respectfully, some parents are creating safe-play environments in their homes for children. Creating a “yes” space for your infant, crawler...

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Pediatric Occupational Therapy Center Opens Orangeburg Location

Pediatric Occupational Therapy Center Opens Orangeburg Location

SPOTS, Special Programs in Occupational Therapy Services, opened a location in Orangeburg in September, which serves children ages 1½-16 and their families.

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After-School Activities vs. Downtime for Kids

After-School Activities vs. Downtime for Kids

Kids love to take after-school classes, participate in sports teams, and do other extracurricular activities, but unstructured time is important, too.

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How to Recognize When a Child is Gifted

How to Recognize When a Child is Gifted

How to tell if your child is gifted, a prodigy, or just plain smart—and what to do about it

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What Potty Training Taught Me

What Potty Training Taught Me

Why the biggest lesson from potty training was for me, not my son.

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Handheld Screen Time Linked With Speech Delays in Young Children

Handheld Screen Time Linked With Speech Delays in Young Children

A recent study suggests the more handheld screen time children ages 2 and younger have, the more likely they are to begin talking later.

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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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My Gym Children's Fitness Center to Open in Park Slope

My Gym Children's Fitness Center to Open in Park Slope

My Gym Park Slope, a children's fitness center, is slated to open in early June.

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Nike's New Study Shows Muscle Fitness Leads to Strong Minds

Nike's New Study Shows Muscle Fitness Leads to Strong Minds

Physical and mental health are two things all parents want for their kids, but a new study funded by Nike has shown that the two actually go hand-in-hand.

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Bacteria Aren't the Enemy: Why Messy Can Be Better

Bacteria Aren't the Enemy: Why Messy Can Be Better

Why we should not rid ourselves of microbes entirely--and why dirt and bacteria play an important role in kids' health.

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Eight Things Straight Parents of LGBT Kids Should Know

Eight Things Straight Parents of LGBT Kids Should Know

Eight ways to help be a better parent for your LGBT child.

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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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5 Ways to Help Your Child Thrive

5 Ways to Help Your Child Thrive

A certified life coach shares five tips to support your kids and help them thrive.

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Signs of Autism: Is My Child Showing Symptoms?

Signs of Autism: Is My Child Showing Symptoms?

The signs and symptoms of autism start at a young age and include a lack of communication skills, problems with social interaction, a need for repetition, and sensory issues.

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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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How Do I Encourage My Child to Stand Independently?

How Do I Encourage My Child to Stand Independently?

Is your child struggling to stand up on their own? An expert physical therapist, Rebecca Talmud, PT, DPT gives advice on improving your child's motor skills.

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Character Counts More Than Smarts

Character Counts More Than Smarts

New study shows moms around the world agree, more or less, on what they want for their kids.

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10 Ways to Get Creative with Chores

10 Ways to Get Creative with Chores

Want to nurture your child's creativity and get him to do some chores around the house at the same time? Here are 10 ways to make chores more fun for kids by letting them get creative with cleaning, cooking, and even feeding their pets.

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Regular Family Routines May Impact Children's Social-Emotional Health

A study at the Children's Evaluation and Rehabilitation Center at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University shows that children who sped time with their family reading books or eating dinner have higher social-emotional health, whic...

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Study on Autism Shows Link Between Motor Skills and Social Skills

Communicating can be difficult for children with autism spectrum disorder, but a new study shows a link between social interaction and motor skills. Researchers believe that helping children with autism develop motor skill will also improve their s...

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Live Music Is Good for Child Development

Is it really worth the time, energy, and money to take your children to a live concert? A music therapist says yes, for several reasons. Find out how live music helps kids develop social skills, listening skills, motor skills, and more.

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Ask the Expert: What Genre of Music is Most Beneficial to Your Child's Overall Learning Ability?

Starting music classes at an early age is beneficial in the development of children's learning abilities. The executive director of The Diller-Quaile School of Music in Manhattan shares whether the type or genre of music your child listens to matte...

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Ask the Expert: At What Age Should You Enroll Your Child in Music Class?

Sending your children to music classes at an early age can be beneficial to their overall learning ability and development, but at what age should you start? Executive director of The Diller-Quaile School of Music in Manhattan offers some insight.

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Ask the Expert: How Does Early Music Education Affect a Child's Learning Ability?

Ask the Expert: How Does Early Music Education Affect a Child's Learning Ability?

During early childhood years, children develop at a faster pace than adults, and it is during this period of time that music education can impact a child's learning ability and development as the executive director of The Diller-Quaile School of Mu...

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How to Help Build Your Son's Self-Esteem When He Has ADHD

Boys with ADHD often have low self-esteem and feel nervous about school-related tasks, such as taking a test or being called on by the teacher. Having low self-esteem makes it difficult to make decisions and some boys with ADHD find it challenging ...

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The Benefits of Open-Ended Toys for Kids

The Benefits of Open-Ended Toys for Kids

This holiday season when shopping for toys and gifts, consider open-ended toys like blocks that foster play and spark imagination versus toys that only offer direct play in order to help benefit children's development.

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8 Questions to Ask When Buying Developmental Toys for Your Child

When buying toys for your children, keep in mind how the toy will help your child's motor skill development and cognitive learning so that the toys can be used as learning tools and can help your child's development.

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Studies Show Female Teens Tell More Descriptive Stories

When you ask your teen to tell you about your day, does your son tell you a short, not-so-descriptive story while your daughter tells a more descriptive story that includes internal emotions? A study conducted at the University of Missouri shows th...

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The Bone Bank

By the time teens get through their growth spurts, about 90 percent of adult bone mass is established and after that, no more calcium can be deposited in the body's "bone bank."

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Ask the Expert: What are the Effects on Proper Movement and Development of a Child Who Begins Walking Too Soon?

An "early walker" is a child who begins walking before he or she turns one year old. A physical therapist shares the effects of walking too soon on a child's proper movement and development.

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4 Proven Benefits of Reading Out Loud to Your Baby

4 Proven Benefits of Reading Out Loud to Your Baby

If you think reading out loud to your wee one is just a way to bond, think again. A local expert details four proven and long-lasting benefits of reading aloud to babies.

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How to Create a Learning Wonderland at Home

Louise Weadock, a registered child psychiatric nurse and founder of WeeZee World, explains why sensory play is important to children's development and offers tips on how you can create a dynamic learning environment at home.

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Tips for Coping with Back-To-School Separation Anxiety in Kids

Whether it's your child's first day of kindergarten or his first day at university, the thought of going to school, meeting new people, making new friends, and being away from familiar family members for a good part of the day or year can cause anx...

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Sports Fans May Benefit Academically and Socially

If your child can cite the on-base percentage of every player on the Yankees or whiles away more time than you would like playing Madden NFL on Xbox, have no fear. Research shows that sports interest may help children grow academically and socially.

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The Importance of Lying to Others

The Importance of Lying to Others

Sometimes telling a lie is the polite thing to do, right? One mom whose son doesn’t quite grasp the delicate art of social “glossing over” riffs on the theme—and hopes you’ll remember her words when the time is right.

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Understanding Rett Syndrome

Rett Syndrome is a rare and life-altering brain disorder that almost exclusively affects girls. Intense therapy is required to manage the disorder, but recent research presents reasons to hope a cure is possible.

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Does Your Child Wet His Pants During the Day?

An expert in pelvic floor dysfunction offers parents advice on the causes of bladder and bowel dysfunction in toddlers and children, plus tips on how to avoid and treat these conditions with proper diet and behavior changes.

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Why Good Nutrition is Important for New Moms

New moms need good, nutritious meals to keep their infants healthy. Check out these commonly asked nutrition questions for new moms, courtesy of Greenwich Hospital.

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How to Help Children with Special Needs Engage in Imaginary Play

Learn why pretend play is important to development and how you can help it come more naturally to your child with special needs.

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The Importance of Pretend Play for Children with Autism and Other Special Needs

Imaginative play may be elusive for the youngest autistic children, but it has an important place in your child's life.

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Stuttering in Children: Diagnosis, Treatment, and Finding Support

Stuttering in Children: Diagnosis, Treatment, and Finding Support

About 5 percent of kids stutter at some point in their young lives, and most (with early intervention) leave it behind for good. Our experts explain the disorder and how to manage it.

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Section 504 and IDEA Comparison Chart

If you're the parent of a child with special needs, take a look at this chart that compares services provided by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 1975.

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