The challenges and joys of a life with children.

Recent Personal Perspectives Articles

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Preventing Vehicular Heatstroke

By: Cristina Moreno, Bilingual Outreach Specialist, Penfield Children’s Center My husband has always joked that I am scared of everything, and this has never been more true than since we became parents. I feel like there are constant fears going through my mind, and while some are completely normal, sometimes my worries get the best …

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Traveling With Young Children

By: Cristina Moreno, Bilingual Outreach Specialist, Penfield Children’s Center Although my husband’s family lives near us, my parents and siblings live about a two hour drive away, and I have always made a point of going to visit them at least one weekend out of the month. I knew those trips would likely increase after …

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Celebrating Springtime

By: Cristina Moreno, Bilingual Outreach Specialist, Penfield Children’s Center March 12th was the start of Daylight Saving Time, and I do not know about you, but winter starts getting old pretty fast after the holidays, so the early days of spring are a welcome reminder that nicer weather is around the corner. Although springtime is …

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Creating a Sensory Garden

By: Cristina Moreno, Bilingual Outreach Specialist, Penfield Children’s Center Maintaining a garden can be a lot of work, but it can also be a great way to relax and get some fresh air. Many children enjoy spending time in a garden, whether gardening or simply enjoying the view, because there is so much for them …

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What to Do When You Get Snowed In

By: Cristina Moreno, Bilingual Outreach Specialist, Penfield Children’s Center Winter is here, and while snow days and a white Christmas may be a dream come true for many children, playing in the frigid cold or driving on messy streets are not an adult’s idea of fun. Chances are, if you live somewhere that gets to …

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Holiday Round-Up: Promote Learning through Play with Developmentally Appropriate Toys

By: Cristina Moreno, Bilingual Outreach Specialist, Penfield Children’s Center The holidays are a time of celebration, great company, and good cheer. Unfortunately, the holidays can also be a time of great spending. While there are many ways to trim your holiday budget by adopting traditions with friends and family such as Secret Santa or skipping …

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Baby Colds

By: Cristina Moreno, Bilingual Outreach Specialist, Penfield Children’s Center We may be having an oddly mild fall season so far, but while the nice weather makes being outdoors enjoyable, the measly common cold is keeping more than a handful of people in bed on the last few nice days of the year. It may not …

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Starting Solids

By: Cristina Moreno, Bilingual Outreach Specialist, Penfield Children’s Center Introducing your baby to his first solid foods is a very exciting milestone, but it can also raise a lot of questions about what is healthy, appropriate, and safe to offer children under 12 months. Natalie Alcaraz, Health Project Coordinator and Registered Dietitian for the City …

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Coping With Your Child’s Surgery

By: Cristina Moreno, Bilingual Outreach Specialist, Penfield Children’s Center As a medical interpreter, I have been present at dozens of small surgeries and procedures, ranging from eye surgeries, heart catheterizations, c-sections, and biopsies to name a few. After witnessing so many successful outcomes and hearing doctors reassure their patients of the minimal risks, I felt …

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Preventing Baby Bottle Tooth Decay

By: Cristina Moreno, Penfield Children’s Center Baby Bottle Tooth Decay is a common name for early childhood caries, or cavities that occur in baby teeth. Although baby teeth are not permanent, they do serve an important role, so it is a good idea to teach your child about healthy oral hygiene and nutrition early on. …

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Coming Home from the NICU

By: Cristina Moreno, Penfield Children’s Center The birth of your child and coming home from the hospital are supposed to be some of the happiest moments of your life. After spending months doing your best to create the perfect space for your baby, both in utero and at home, the possibility of not being able …

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New and Exciting! Introducing Cristina Moreno, monthly columnist to our Personal Perspectives section

Hi! My name is Cristina, and like most people, I am many things. Professionally, I am the Bilingual Outreach Specialist at Penfield Children’s Center, a certified medical interpreter and a new regular contributor on the Penfield Building Blocks website. If you ask my sisters, I am overly sensitive, the one who always wants to keep …

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