Little boy intently reading a book

A Peek at What’s Happening in Early Education

Between time with my family, work and a never-ending list of to-dos, it seems every week just flies by. That’s why I cherish that I…
A smiling baby boy crawls outdoors on grass

Developing Motor Skills at Your Child’s Pace

Contrary to popular belief, motor development – how the body and muscles intentionally move – does not naturally occur with age. Just like learning to…
A happy toddler running outdoors

Make Exercise Fun With These Physical Activity Cubes

Let’s get those little legs moving! This fun dice game will keep your child guessing about which silly move they will get to do next.…
Two young girls lying in a fort made of blankets in their home

6 Indoor Activities to Keep Children Active This Winter

When the temperatures drop and outdoor play is not an option, ensuring your little one gets enough physical activity every day can be a challenge. It…
Mother and her daughter spend quality time reading together

Encouraging Healthy Habits in Preschoolers

As a pediatrician and a parent, I have invested a considerable amount of time promoting and teaching healthy habits to both my patients and my…

Cooking Together This Holiday Season

The downtime we have during the holidays is the perfect opportunity to spend time in the kitchen with your children. Teaching children the love and joy of cooking is a wonderful gift. It also allows for quality time together doing a meaningful activity that will stay with them for years to come. I have such fond memories of cooking with my mother when I was young.  Cooking doesn’t have to be complicated or take a long time, but family members…

Books Build Better Brains

As parents, we want what’s best for our children. We make sure they have food, clothes, a warm bed to sleep in, and plenty of love. We kiss their skinned knees and help chase away their bad dreams. We take them to the park and the zoo, to doctor’s appointments and dance recitals. We read to them. To ensure children have the best in life – the best language skills, vocabulary, and the best chances for success – it is…

Alternatives to Using Food for Encouragement

Do any of these phrases sound familiar? “No dessert until you clean your plate.” “If you clean up your room, we can go out for ice cream.” “If you use the potty, you’ll get some candy.” These are just a few of the ways that parents commonly use food to encourage good behavior in their children or as punishment for bad behavior. I think we have all been guilty of using these tactics from time to time. I know I…

Checking in on Your Child’s Literacy: A Conversation with Dr. Robert Needlman

By now, the school year is in full swing and most families are comfortably settled into fall routines. But busy schedules often leave both parents and children running between after-school activities, sporting events, religious classes, and more. Although life can be hectic in the fall, now is a good time for parents to take a moment to check in with their child – and their child’s teacher if need be – about how things are going in regard to reading.…
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