How to Fight the “Back-Talk”

By , January 3rd, 2012 | Parenting, Teens | 0 Comments

Kristen Davis-Coelho, Ph.D., Psychologist, Renown Behavioral Health

From toddlers yelling “No!” to teenagers swearing and rolling their eyes, nothing pushes a parent’s buttons quite like “back-talk.” Here are some tips for addressing it:

1.) Don’t Confuse Development With Disrespect. For a two-year-old, saying “No” is a sign of their growing independence, as it is for an adolescent who tells you they deserve more privileges.

2.) Clarify Your Limits.  Back-talk means different things to different parents.  Ask yourself what behaviors you can tolerate and which ones cross the line.

3.) Be Specific in Your Feedback. Tell your child clearly where they crossed the line:  Was it their tone of voice?  The words they …

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Introducing a New Sibling

By , December 29th, 2011 | Infant Care, Parenting, Toddler Care | 0 Comments

Kristen Davis-Coelho, Ph.D., Renown Behavioral Health

Becoming a big brother or sister is an exciting development in a young child’s life, and a major adjustment. Parents are encouraged to plan ahead to help build a positive sibling relationship.

Sharing the News.  For toddlers and young preschoolers, seeing is believing; I recommend waiting until later in the pregnancy when the changes are obvious. For children under the age of five, it helps to make the due date tangible, such as “after Christmas” or “when it gets warm outside.”  School-age children can be told earlier.

Get Them Involved.  Ask your child’s input about decorating the nursery, and let him …

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Save Your Skull this Winter by Wearing a Helmet

By , December 27th, 2011 | Exercise | 0 Comments

Alannah Manfredi, Kohl’s Save Your Skull program coordinator

There is no shortage of exciting winter activities or sports in our area, with skiing and snowboarding being two of the most popular. While enjoying these outdoor activities, don’t forget about the importance of protecting your head by always wearing a helmet.

Wearing a helmet is the best way to protect your head. Helmets have many new designs and features that make them lightweight, warm and comfortable. They come in a variety of colors and styles, too.

Here are some tips for making sure you and your child’s helmets fit appropriately: