Ode To A Bath
July 29, 2015 · Posted in Infant Development, Parenting, Toddlerhood · Permalink · Comments (5)

One of the sweetest and most treasured memories of our children’s early childhood is the nightly bath. Although tired and spent from the long day, it is a time to sit down and enjoy the wonderful world of a child in water. Pretend play, bubble fun, talk and laughing not to mention the pleasure of watching your child’s beautiful naked body swim around and get squeaky clean … Read More

A mom and pediatrician’s 10 secrets for healthy kids (and one happy mama!)
July 20, 2015 · Posted in Parenting, Preschoolers, Toddlerhood · Permalink · Comments Off

By Tiffany Knipe

One of the first things I learned in medical school is that medicine is, indeed, an art—not a science.

So is parenting.

This is something I learned long after becoming a pediatrician—but shortly after becoming a parent. Having grown up in a home with a mother who is truly an artist (the paint-to-canvas kind)—and my own natural proclivity for all things science—the… Read More

The Challenge of Parenting Teens
July 14, 2015 · Posted in Parenting, Teens · Permalink · Comments Off

By Elyssa Ackerman, LCSW and Founder of Strategic Parent

Communicating with your teen can really test your patience.  One minute your teen is asking you for money or permission to hang with friends, the next they are slamming the door and stomping out. It is no wonder parents of teens find themselves frustrated and confused.

Teens are irrational, and, according to Dr. Mike Bradley, author of Yes, Your Teen

It’s a Beautiful World: Simplicity Parenting
July 8, 2015 · Posted in Buddhism/Parenting · Permalink · Comments Off

by Bethany Saltman

Kim John Payne has spent the last 27 years studying families. As a school counselor, consultant, educator, and private family counselor, his work has taken him around the world, and he is a longstanding participant in the Waldorf movement. Payne’s latest book, Simplicity Parenting: Using the Extraordinary Power of Less to Raise Calmer, Happier, and More Secure Kids (Ballantine Books/Random House, 2009), pulls together his central ideas… Read More

When BFF’s Are Very Different Kinds of Parents
June 24, 2015 · Posted in Parenting · Permalink · Comments Off

Sarah and Laura have been friends since prenatal yoga. Now their kids, Joshua and Tara, are two years old and conflict is creeping into their very cozy foursome.  Sarah feels agitated when they are together with the kids.  She feels that Sarah doesn’t ever say no to Joshua.  He hits and kicks alot and Sarah worries that Tara is going to get hurt. It feels too scary to address it… Read More

When Dad’s Play With Kids They help Their Marriage
June 5, 2015 · Posted in Fatherhood, K-5 Kids, Parenting, Work/Family Balance · Permalink · Comments Off

A study in the Developmental Psychology Journal reports on the correlation between parenting responsibilities and spousal relationships. The study, conducted by Sarah Schoppe-Sullivan, found that the more play time spent between father and child, the more encouraging and collaborative the parenting relationship would be.

Greater father involvement in play was associated with an increase in supportive and a decrease in undermining coparenting behavior over time. In contrast, greater

The Benefits of Hiring a Male Nanny
May 21, 2015 · Posted in Caregivers, K-5 Kids, Parenting, Preschoolers · Permalink · Comments Off

John Brandon is known internationally for founding his first company, NYC Mannies. He has been interviewed on CNN International, Good Morning America, ITV (UK), as well as other major media outlets around the world. Having worked for years as a manny, John brings a unique perspective and passion to the childcare industry. He is a published writer on the subject of caregiving and mentorship. Having grown up without

Two Years, 2 Bites-Three Years, 3 Bites
May 18, 2015 · Posted in Feeding, Parenting, Preschoolers, Toddlerhood · Permalink · Comments Off

Toddler and preschool eating can be a source of stress for parents. Babyhood, when parents can often scoop endless spoonfuls into eagerly awaiting mouths, is over. Variety narrows, amounts lessen. This change can be startling and unsettling. Feeding becomes a less gratifying experience for the parent. This nutrition and weight conscious generation can often spend lots of time fretting and battling with their children at mealtimes. Two years, 2 bites-three… Read More

Marriage Vows are Really Parent Vows
May 11, 2015 · Posted in Fatherhood, Mental Health, Parenting, Relationships, Teens · Permalink · Comments Off

When times are good with your children, you can’t even imagine not wanting to be a parent. When difficulties arise, from the typical and small, like constant temper tantrums, to the  unthinkable, like a diagnosis of Asperger’s, or juvenile diabetes, or your teenager in the grip of an eating disorder, your mettle as a parent is tested to the limits.

You may wish for an escape–that is natural. You… Read More

How to Help Your Child Understand Mixed Feelings
April 9, 2015 · Posted in K-5 Kids, Parenting, Preschoolers, Teens, Toddlerhood · Permalink · Comments Off

Our children’s emotional inner lives are complicated. Even by the beginning of the second year you can see ambivalence emerging. “Pick me up, put me down”, all at the same time. As they grow and develop, blends of feelings, and even opposite feelings can — and do exist at the same time. This can be confusing. Imagine your preschooler wanting to go to a friend’s party and also being scared… Read More

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