One Thing That Helps Many Family Relationships

Setting aside one-on-one time with a child or partner can help sort through many tensions at home especially if you can: 1. Plan the “date” ahead of time. 2. Avoid any distractions while together. 3.
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Are our children experiencing too much pressure?

Many children today are confronted with pressure from school and from overbooked schedules. They can become stressed and worried when handling too much of a load. Whenever possible it is important to find ways for
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Helping Everyone Get a Better Night’s Sleep

as seen in Brooklyn Family Magazine and on NYParenting.com Dear Sharon, Do you have any tips to give a parent who is not getting any sleep? My 5 year old son is waking up every
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New Year’s Resolution – Be Proud of Yourself

Our children will feel more confident if we take some time to feel good about ourselves. It is important to praise our children often. I suggest that each time you do think of one way
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Managing Winter

This month I asked parents about how they manage to keep things going smoothly in the cold, dark months of winter. Here is what they said: It’s tough!! We travel places even if they are
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Finding Ways to Host at the Holidays

Welcoming family and friends to your home during the holidays can be rewarding for everyone but it is important to avoid stretching yourself thin; bringing more tension than joy. It can help to invite people
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Family Night

Incorporating a family night into your week can help relieve pressure stemming from busy, demanding days and strengthen everyone’s relationships. The evening can include a ban on screens for adults and children, a fun group
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Meltdowns

Here are a few things to remember when and if your child has a meltdown. 1. Most children have meltdowns, not just yours. 2. Meltdowns usually spring from multiple causes that have built up over
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Some Ideas to Help the Transition to School Go Well

The transition from summer to school can be challenging for parents and children. Here are a few things to keep in mind that can help: 1. Try to be especially organized the first few weeks,
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Enjoying Your Summer Part 1

When making summer plans make sure to incorporate multiple activities that children will enjoy. Sometimes an ideallic adult vacation (visitng friends, exploring beatufiul places) can backfire if children become overwhelmed, overtired or bored.