Restaurant Sanity Savers

Dana’s tips for teaching appropriate restaurant behavior. Having a child shouldn’t mean you can’t go out for dinner without hiring a babysitter.  Taking your young child to a restaurant holds the possibility of a wonderful experience in a new place with new foods, as well as an enjoyable time for you and your partner.  It can Read More

Bullying Prevention Starts With Teaching Tolerance

Needless to say “bullying” has been in the news a lot lately.  What’s been happening is nothing short of tragic.  It would seem to me that whether you have a child or are educating children, your goal is to give them the support and tools they need so that they become positive, active contributors to our Read More

Dana’s Kids Will Be At The 2012 Mommybites Summit on May 2, 2012!

Please join me at the Mommybites Summit at The New Yorker Hotel on Wednesday, May 2nd at 6:00 PM for an evening of learning, socializing, & shopping. Enjoy wine, cocktails (& mocktails), delicious food, meet other moms, win incredible prizes, check out must-have parenting products & services and take home fabulous goody bags! Hear from Read More

By Myself!

  Check out my guest post orginally published on Lauren Jimeson’s blog, A Mommy In The City. It’s all about toddlers and their need for independence! By Myself! Coming in a close second after “mine!” on the list of most frequently used toddler phrases is “by myself!” It’s truly exciting when your baby starts exerting her Read More

“Separation at Camp (and Beyond)” Workshop on 6/6/12 at TLB Music

Join me and TLB Music for “Separation at Camp (and Beyond)” Whether your child is starting camp (or school) for the first time or is a “seasoned” camper, this workshop will teach you ways to prepare your child for separation in a new place, with new adults and peers.  You’ll learn to reflect on your Read More

Toilet Training and Signs of Readiness on 5/23/12 at TLB Music

Join me and TLB Music for “Toilet Training and Signs of Readiness” Think your child is ready for toilet training?  Not sure?  This workshop will teach you to recognize the signs of readiness and follow your child’s lead.  You’ll learn to use your child’s temperament and stage of development to make toilet training as easy Read More

The Value of A Flexible Routine

Check out my article on Mommybites about “The Value of A Flexible Routine.”  Use what you know about your child to create a routine that meets their (and your) needs, as well as teaching them to manage change. http://mommybites.com/col2/nanny/the-value-of-a-flexible-routine/

ADD and Medication: A Reaction to L. Alan Sroufe’s NY Times Article

By now many of us have read L. Alan Sroufe’s opinion on the use of medication for people, specifically children, with ADD.  He discusses the short term benefit and his belief that in the long term they do nothing for behavior or concentration.  He describes ADD as “problems with attention, self-regulation and behavior.”  Perhaps most Read More

What Do You Mean Sensory Issues?

Over the years I have met many children who were either overly sensitive, or not sensitive enough, to the world around them.  Today, sensory integration disorder, sensory processing disorder and sensory issues are phrases that get thrown around by educators and therapists frequently.  But for parents these words can be scary and unclear.  When we describe Read More

Events Added: January, February, & March 2012!

Didn’t make it to an event or workshop in 2011?  Don’t worry!  Here is a list of some of what is coming up early in 2012. (For more information and to sign up, click on the name of the event.) Wednesday January 11th with Babybites Brooklyn: Positive Discipline and Dealing With Temper Tantrums (birth-3) During this Read More