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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All about Colors!

By: Tina Yang, Early Head Start Teacher, Penfield Children’s Center For early learners, sorting activities are a great way to help children learn about colors. These five lessons also teach about shapes, textures and help increase fine motor skills. Bean bags and color cards: Fill a small bin with solid colored bean bags. Primary (red, …

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Mental Illness – How to Help your Child

By: Kari Walters, LPC-IT, Kohl’s Building Blocks Program at Penfield Children’s Center According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 1 in 7 children ages 2-8 years old have a mental, behavioral or developmental disorder. Believing that a child’s behavior is simply part of the child’s personality or that the child simply has …

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Fall Treat: Healthier Caramel Apples

By: Stephanie Shabangu, Penfield Children’s Center Fall is a wonderful time to enjoy the colorful leaves, visit the pumpkin patch and…eat lots of sugar? That’s right. With the arrival of autumn comes added sugar in your child’s seasonal snacks. While it’s always fun to celebrate the season with your favorite foods, here is a simple, …

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How to Take Care of Baby Hair and Skin

By: Stephanie Shabangu, Penfield Children’s Center Your baby’s skin and hair are unique. Was your little one born completely bald or with lots of waves? Baby hair and skin can even vary from sibling to sibling. While one sibling might suffer from eczema or other skin sensitivities, your other child could go through his early …

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Is Your Child Afraid of Dogs?

By: Heather Rotolo, LCSW, Clinical Director-Behavior Clinic, Penfield Children’s Center Everyone has fear. Whether it is public speaking or heights, fear helps us survive. If we didn’t have fear, we might take unnecessary risks such as running into the street without looking for cars. Fear helps us make rational decisions. We put life jackets on …

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Type 1 Diabetes in Children

By: Mel Hendrickson, BSN, RN, Director of Health Services, Penfield Children’s Center Type 1 diabetes affects about 1.25 million Americans, including many children. This autoimmune disease has no cure, but can be managed with treatment. What is Type 1 diabetes? This type of diabetes is caused by the body’s inability to produce insulin. Insulin is …

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8 Ways to Protect Your Family’s Vision

By Kent A. Haefs, OD, Aurora Health Care For kids, playing outside is simply fun. It’s good for their physical health. Surprisingly, it also appears to be good for their vision. Multiple studies have found that children who spend more time outdoors are less likely to develop nearsightedness (myopia) than children who spend more time …

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