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Must-Read Thursday, October 15, 2020



Bedtime stories, consequences for kids, and getting teens to follow the rules

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Bedtime stories, now more than ever
Suggestions on having fun with storytelling time. A relaxing time for everyone. 

The art of setting consequences
Remove 'no' from your vocabulary. Use this indispensable tool for setting limits

Getting teens to follow rules ain't easy
5 ways to make rule-following painless



Other articles by HVP News Reporters


  • A “good enough” parent is good enough

    Go easy on yourself

    Even in the best of times, parenting is a challenge. Mom Catherine Pearson gives tips on how to be better to both yourself and your family. read more »
  • Setting consequences for teens

    How to get your teen to follow rules

    We want to let our teenagers explore limits while staying safe. This article suggests ways to set and enforce rules without resorting to punishment, which is generally counterproductive. read more »
  • Play dates 2.0

    Play dates are back. But be cautious

    In many Hudson Valley communities coronavirus numbers are trending downwards, but best to celebrate outside, with masks and social distancing read more »
  • Mental health tips for COVID-era teens

    How teens can tackle their distinctive issues

    Mental health issues in teens can be very distinctive to their age group, but this age group in particular has significant advantages, too. read more »
  • Get physical while remote learning

    How do we teach kids to deal with the world in real time not on screens?

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends at least 60 minutes of activity a day, but Dr. Cicely White, chief of pediatrics for Kaiser Permanente in Spokane, WA, says that hour of time need not happen all at once. read more »
  • Kids returning home in droves

    Helping young adults adjust to being back home

    With schools closing their in-person classes and job difficult to come by college students are finding solace in returning home. According to a Pew research study, 52% of kids between 18 and 29-years old are now living with their parents. read more »
  • Flu shots more crucial than ever, docs say

    Despite the overwhelming advice from the medical community, significant numbers of families are not immunizing this year.

    Healthcare professionals are concerned about an uptick in families expressing skepticism about the efficacy of a flu shot and, due to Covid-19, fear about entering a doctor’s office to get one. Most of the information these parents rely on is from the Internet. read more »
  • 7 steps to improving your child’s self-esteem

    Kids need to know they’re capable and appreciated

    Teacher and author Amanda Morin offers simple, do-able tips to keep children, especially those with disabilities, thinking well of themselves. read more »
  • “Cheat Days” may help remote learners and parents

    In pandemic times, maybe some rules are made to be broken

    A so-called “cheat day,” a day off from remote learning, helps a beleaguered dad help his kids meet expectations. read more »
  • A sick kid in the time of COVID

    Even a non-COVID virus can cause chaos

    Elizabeth Tenety shares her story of how she handled her sick kids during the pandemic. In cold and flu season, the COVID-19 pandemic creates a particular kind of stress for families of school age kids who come down with a garden variety virus. read more »