Kid-Friendly Food Combinations

By: Carolina Cuevas, Bilingual Outreach Specialist, Penfield Children’s Center Have you heard the saying “two is better than one?” This means two people working together to solve a problem or improve a method are more likely to succeed than one person working alone. The same concept can be applied to the food we eat. Pairing and/or …

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Learning Shapes and Colors through Art

By: Rebecca Michelsen, M.Ed., MCHES, Manager of Community Outreach & Family Programs Crafting with your kids is a great way to spend quality time together and introduce skills they will learn in kindergarten. It can also help you as a parent recognize if your child is hitting the developmental milestones. One common milestone that comes …

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Teach your Child to Blow His Nose

By: Stephanie Shabangu, Penfield Children’s Center There are certain things we do everyday as adults that we don’t think about including tying our shoes, preparing food and…blowing our noses. They may seem like mundane, easy tasks to us, but to a child just learning, they can be a lot more complicated. One task in particular, …

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Kid Science: Rainbow Jars

By: Rebecca Michelsen M.Ed., MCHES, Manager of Community Outreach & Family Programs Kids of all ages love science experiments and learning along with your child is a great way to spend quality time together. If you’re looking for a creative experiment with ingredients you can find around the house, making a rainbow jar is a …

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Living a Simple Life with Kids

By: Stephanie Shabangu, Penfield Children’s Center Can the words “simple living” and “kids” be used in the same sentence? Sure they can! In fact, creating a simple, more organized home and lifestyle for your family will not only lessen your stress as a parent, but it will also make everyone in the family HAPPIER. But, …

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What is Prader–Willi Syndrome?

By: Sherita Greer, Special Events and Volunteer Specialist, Penfield Children’s Center As the parents of a child diagnosed with Prader-Willi syndrome (PWS), my spouse and I quickly became extremely knowledgeable in PWS management. Our son, herein referred to as Q, was born full term, during the spring of 2007. Given that he was our first …

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What is Croup?

By: Stephanie Shabangu, Penfield Children’s Center Reviewed by: Michelle Benz, RN, Penfield Children’s Center Typically occurring in young children, croup most often develops from a virus and causes a child’s airways to swell. A telltale sign of croup is usually a “barking cough” and a raspy voice.  While most cases of croup are not cause …

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Fire Safety with Children

By: Stephanie Shabangu, Penfield Children’s Center It’s important to teach fire safety to children of all ages, as a fire in the home can happen at any time of the day, including in the middle of the night. According to the National Fire Protection Association, 1,319,500 fires occurred in 2017 and 14,670 injuries were reported. …

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Strengthening the Family

By: Stephanie Shabangu, Penfield Children’s Center According to fiveforfamilies.org, there are “5 strengths” that can help families weather the trials and tribulations of life. These “strengths” include assisting kids in understanding their feelings, learning to parent as children grow and change, building connections with others, working on inner strength and learning how to ask for …

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Holiday Toy Safety

By: Rebecca Michelsen, M.Ed., MCHES, Manager of Community Outreach & Family Programs The holidays are upon us and so is the lure of new toys and gadgets. While it’s fun to buy your little ones a few new surprises, it’s important to remember that even with toys, safety comes first. According to the Consumer Product …

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