Parenting

Features, tips, information and inspiration for families.

When Chores Become a Chore

Transform your interaction around family chores by reinforcing your kids’ behavior. By Shir Zion, MA If You’re a Parent, you’ve no doubt experienced it: the endless battles and excuses that arise when children are asked to do their chores. Many parents claim that their children don’t complete these tasks because they’re “lazy,” “rude,” or “just […]

Finding Balance: From Virtual Reality to Actual Reality

Help your kids move away from the screen and immerse themselves in their tangible surroundings to thrive. By Sarah Shaw Lopano, MED, BCBA I don’t know a single parent who doesn’t want to see their child fully engaged and moti­vated to embrace life. For some that goal may be aca­demic excellence or a lofty career […]

Celebrate the Thanks in Thanksgiving

Teach kids the art of gratitude for a meaningful holiday. Between the excitement of Halloween and Christmas lurks an oft overlooked holiday for kids. Thanksgiving may lack the fun of candy and costumes or the magic of Santa and reindeer, but it has an important lifelong lesson for our kids—gratitude. To teach your children that […]

Keep Your Kids Moving: Health Risks of Inactivity Start Early

Parents today are well aware that children are at risk of being less active than ever, as electronic media threatens to replace physical play. Research is now showing that the health risks of our kids’ increasingly sedentary lifestyles are very real— including type 2 diabetes and vascu­lar disease. You may be shocked to realize that […]

Holidays and Kids

With the overwhelming consumer-driven chaos propelled by black Friday and cyber Monday, it’s easy to lose sight of the reason for the season—this is especially true for children, who are the easy targets of marketing campaigns for the latest gadgets and gizmos. It’s up to us to foster a sense of generosity, tradition, and peace in our children.

Healthy Lunchbox

Our nation seems to be engaged in school lunch wars. Though the idea of reforming the lunch program in your entire school district may seem a little intimidating, there is one thing you can do starting today: pack your own.

Keep Your Kids Moving: Health Risks of Inactivity Start Early

Parents today are well aware that children are at risk of being less active than ever, as electronic media threatens to replace physical play. Research is now showing that the health risks of our kids’ increasingly sedentary lifestyles are very real—including type 2 diabetes and vascular disease. You may be shocked to realize that your […]

The Proper Care and Feeding of Teens

It’s no secret that parenting is tough work. It’s a job that comes with huge demands and no instruction manual. And parenting teens is especially tough—they’re trying to establish a sense of independence, but they’re not quite fully formed.

Age Appropriate Manners

There’s no doubt about it—manners matter. But which manners should you teach your child? And when? Our basic primer on manners will get you started.

Homemade Holidays

If you want to put the joy back into your holiday season, consider giving gifts from the heart—you’ll enjoy making and giving them as much as your loved ones enjoy receiving them.

Food for Thought

Any adult who has ever tried to lose weight knows the number one rule of dieting: no snacking. But kids are different. Their metabolisms are churning, their stomachs are smaller, and they can’t eat much in one sitting.

Help your child overcome shyness and navigate their world.

Help your child overcome shyness and navigate their world. Shyness is a normal part of development and life. We all feel shy at one point or another, but when that shyness begins to interfere with relationships and social situations, then it can be a problem. Shyness is considered a normal part of the developmental process […]

Noteworthy cancer-related books

Prescribed Reading By Diana Price   Confronting Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer: Identify Your Risk, Understand Your Options, Change Your Destiny By Sue Friedman, DVM; Rebecca Sutphen, MD; and Kathy Steligo (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2012) Media discussions related to genetic testing and related treatment raise many questions for women about these complex topics. Confronting […]

Healthy Tips and Treats for Halloween

Tips, tricks, and treats for enjoying a happy, but healthy, holiday. Halloween—kids live for it and parents dread it. But Halloween doesn’t have to be a trick-or-treating free-for-all of candy and binging. There are many creative ways to enjoy Halloween so that both kids and parents can be happy. Try these Halloween alternatives for a […]

Eco-Friendly Lunch

If you’re like most parents who pack a healthy lunch for their kids, you probably go through a stockpile of plastic baggies and other disposable packing items. This is not only hard on the environment, it can be tough on your wallet too. Many parents are making the shift to environmentally friendly lunchboxes and with minimal effort, you can too.