As a pediatric occupational therapist doing early intervention throughout Bergen County, I have the pleasure of playing with toys most of the day. Choices of toys and goals are always purposeful. Discussion takes place with the parents when choosing toys for play, and toy suggestions are re-evaluated as the child
There is very little I hate more than baking with my kids. They fight over pouring flour into the bowl; mix things so that, inadvertently, chunks go flying; and crack eggs leaving elusive shells for me to fish out. It’s not fun, it takes three times as long with their “assistance” and it ends up being way messier. I have
In a recent article published in The Bergen Record, Cathleen Bennett wrote about New Jersey state’s efforts to support an integrated health care system that treats people’s physical and mental health at the same time. In her article, Ms. Bennett discusses the impact that one’s mental health or addiction struggles may have on
Most of us have had things happen that convince us that Hashem is truly guiding things from above. Incidents that go beyond mere coincidences and into the bashert category.
Let me tell you a little story. Maybe not so little a story. But one that says without a doubt that there is a plan for all of
Often, parents want their children to play games that can strengthen them academically, yet their children will refuse to have anything to do with an educational game. Top Trumps is the perfect game for parents who want to sneak some education into their children’s’ fun. With the children enjoying the game so
For the past 17 years, JCC family and friends have come together each summer to take part in the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades Golf Classic, which helps brings a greater quality of life to children with special needs. This year’s event, held at Montammy Country Club in Alpine, New Jersey, on August 7, was no exception. A
It was the words I’d been waiting to hear for several long months of navigating my kitchen with what looked like contractor dust everywhere, but was actually corn starch. “Mommy, making slime is sooo over.”
Slime-making was all the rage this year. For a while, living in my own state of
About five years ago my younger sister came up with an idea to produce a family newspaper. She was too young to put it together, and back then, I was a bossy older sister, so I immediately took charge. Surprisingly, I now find myself the editor-in-chief of a newspaper that is rapidly expanding, both in length and in circulation (more of the
Spring semester has long since ended, but you’re already feeling the summer days start to drag. Take advantage of the free time you’ve been waiting for and be wary of the things you shouldn’t find yourself doing this season. I myself have learned some of these lessons both the easy way and the hard way and I thought they
It is wedged in my memory, the shock when I’d arrived at sleepaway camp in my teen-aged years, and noticed how neatly organized a friend’s trunk was. “My mom packed it,” she said, simply, as she began shelving a stack of color-coordinated white tees, that flowed into the yellow, and then green ones. I glanced at my own
(Courtesy of Maze Cord Blood) With ongoing success using stem cells to treat a variety of diseases, and clinical trials under way for Tay-Sachs, autism and many other diseases, it is clearly beneficial to save your baby’s stem cells. The question parents are faced with now is, should we store with a private cord blood
It’s rather surprising that bicycles are sold with training wheels these days. After all, what is the point? Those extra little wheels don’t train children to ride a bike independently. In fact, they do the opposite!
No doubt someone, somewhere on this planet is ready to stand up and loudly proclaim