Family Routines to Take You Into the Fall Season

Kids crave routines because they are consistent. When families are consistent, children feel safe, secure, and loved. We’ve all heard that kids need routines from a variety of sources like the pediatrician, teachers, other parents, child care providers, and even your mother-in-law. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, healthy routines make for healthy families […]

Mother’s Day Tips for Blended Families:

Having any major holiday drama-free can sometimes seem challenging for any family, let alone a blended family. Mother’s Day is no exception. There are still some family sensitivities and considerations for enjoying family togetherness, honoring moms and step-moms, and spending time in a respectful, meaningful way. When a blended family is involved, it may require […]

5 Tips for those Family-Friendly Road Trips

Summer is racing towards us, which means that many families are gearing up for the proverbial road trip. We all remember the Griswolds driving their way towards ‘Wally World’ like in the old National Lampoon movie. It spoofs the pitfalls and pit stops that can plague any family trip; however, there is some honest truth […]

5 Secrets for Successful Cooking with Kids

Cooking with kids is a great way to have fun and learn about math and science. When kids are in the kitchen with you, it creates a sense of closeness and also helps in using their math and science skills to do something the entire family can enjoy. These tips should help you with including […]

3 Fun Things for Families to do Together

Staying healthy as a family means making the time to connect. In our fast-paced Web 2.0 world, connecting and re-connecting can seem monumental. It is not! When you start finding the joy in everyday living and make a way to connect, everyone’s mental health and outlook improves. Here are 3 fun things for families to […]

Reduce your stress and worry: Cook together with curry!

Is your family isolated from each other, focused on Internet surfing, texting, or interacting more in the virtual world than the real world? Cooking together is not only a nourishing way to feed the family, it can also be an opportunity to reconnect and spend some quality time together. Cooking together creates opportunities for conversations, […]

Dr. Renee to Appear on Eyewitness News First at 4

Dr. Renee loves Pump It Up for kids and she will talk about it today on “Eyewitness News First at 4.” Don’t forget to tune in!

Dr. Renee’s Top Holiday Pick of the Week

These are smart toys that boost developmental skills and are fun! We will be featuring one toy for a specific age group each week during the holiday season. These toys can be purchased right from the link on the blog.

10 years to 12 years. “For middle schoolers and tweens, it is all about […]

Holiday Stress Busters

The holiday season can be a very stressful time. In fact, most mental health professionals find that the number of clients they see doubles, even triples, during this time. Dr. Renee provides holiday stress busters to help us cope and manage stress more effectively.

1) Remember to practice breathing techniques.

It sounds simple, but breathing […]

Keeping Your Teen or Tween Safe for Halloween

When your children were younger, they used to beg you to take them trick-or-treating! But now they’ve grown up a little bit, discovered the opposite sex and suddenly want nothing to do with you. The problem is that they still want to have fun with their friends on Halloween. So how do you keep them […]