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Explore The Many Ways of Active Play

Play is an integral part of childhood, but in recent years play has started to slow down with active alternatives replaced with video games and online interaction. Active play is a great way to keep kids healthy and moving at any age, but a lot of parents don’t know where to start. If you’re trying […]

Ask Dr. Gramma Karen: Ongoing Issues With the In-Laws

I wrote to you last year about favoritism occurring in my husband’s family – his parents showing a preference for their other grandchildren over ours. We took your advice and spoke to his parents about a few of the issues we noticed. They were very appreciative for the information and accepted it, but things still […]

Adoption 101: Online Class Re-cap

We recently held an amazing new class – Adoption 101 – expertly facilitated by Katie Foley, MSW, and Associate Director of Outreach at Spence-Chapin – also our generous sponsor. For those in our community who are considering adoption among the various pathways to parenthood, Katie provided a rich overview of the current landscape of international […]

A Playground Safety Checklist for Parents

It’s never been easier for kids to spend an entire Saturday seated. Almost unthinkable a few generations ago, kids today have so many passive entertainment options to where they exercise nothing except their thumbs and eyeballs. Although there’s nothing wrong with TV time or playing video games with friends every so often, kids today are at risk […]

My Son Wants to Wear a Tutu

My 3 year old son wants to wear a tutu to school. He sees his sister wearing one and wants to as well. I don’t know what to do. Yes or no?  First ask yourself what about this bothers you. Are you worried that his peers or teachers will disapprove or make fun of him? […]

A Parent’s Checklist for Children’s Oral Health

There is no such thing as too early to begin caring for your children’s teeth, and that includes before their teeth are even visible. Protecting your child’s teeth begins at the start of their lives, and should continue to be encouraged long after your children are able to brush and floss on their own. The […]

Successful Toilet Training: Online Class Re-cap

How do you know when child is ready for toilet training? We recently held a highly informative session, facilitated by Dana Rosenbloom, child development expert – and generously sponsored by Happy Family – that helped parents recognize the signs of readiness. Dana also shared the initial steps in the training process. She covered why toilet […]