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Be Bored

I recently spent a glorious, extended holiday weekend in three of my favorite summer locales. I started in the country, lazing in a hammock and wading in the Housatonic in CT. The 4th was spent on a downtown roof deck, grilling hot dogs and watching the fireworks over the Hudson. The following...

Music To My Ears

Children’s music. Is that like children’s food? In most cultures around the world, there is no such thing as food specifically for children....

How To Improve Air Quality in Your Home!

The Growing Danger of Air Pollution: How to Improve Air Quality in Your Home If I asked you to think of air pollution, you’d probably immediately picture somewhere outside. Maybe smog or haze lingering over a cityscape. But the reality is the air inside our homes...

Discipline is Not a Four Letter Word

Children’s music. Is that like children’s food? In most cultures around the world, there is no such thing as food specifically for children....

Music To My Ears

Getting to know Montclare's Music Teacher, Noel Cohen!   Hi, Noel.  I know you live on the UWS. Where did you grow up? I grew up on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, and went to public school from 1st grade through 8th grade. I started out at...

Choices

Shelly Macdonald shares the following tip based on the skill of alternatives to punishment from How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk by Faber & Mazlish: In our quest to find effective strategies other than punishment, I’ve shared how to: 1. Express your feelings strongly without attacking...

12 ways to help a child make the transition to kindergarten

Anne Densmore, Ed.D. wrote this excellent article (click here to view original) and we simply couldn't do better. So we are sharing it with you! During the summer, I take much of my speech-language therapy practice out of the classroom and office and move it to summer...

Spring Cleaning

  Article by Patti Sayre, L.C.S.W Parenting: Counseling, Coaching and Consulting As we enter the spring season, the idea of "spring cleaning" surrounds us. You hear of spring cleaning your home, but have you ever thought about spring cleaning yourself? As we are dragging ourselves from the brutality of...

Mother of all Days

Blog piece by Shelly Macdonald. This Sunday, May 14th, is Mother’s Day in America and this holiday will be celebrated in over 80 countries worldwide. Here's the unfortunate truth...

Use Your Words

How to Express Frustration Without Attacking Character, by Shelly MacDonald I've written about engaging your child’s cooperation through: 1. Describing the problem: “I see shoes in the middle of the hallway.” 2. Giving information: “Shoes belong in the closet.”  and 3. Say it with a word:  "Shoes!" Today, it's all about...