Positive Parenting Workshops


On Tuesday, March 8, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., the North Shore Child & Family Guidance center will host the second in its series of free monthly parenting workshops, held in conjunction with Cohen Children’s Medical Center, part of Northwell Health.

The March 8 workshop is titled “Feeding Difficulties: When To Get Picky About Picky Eaters.” It will focus on how to help parents determine if their child’s resistance to certain foods is a behavioral issue or if there might be a medical reason causing the problem.

“Many parents complain that their children are picky eaters, but it’s often difficult for a parent to know if their child is just being ‘fussy’ or if there may be an underlying medical condition,” said Dr. Toni Webster, assistant professor of Pediatrics at Northwell Health. “Some issues that come up frequently in my practice involve issues such as abdominal pain, lactose intolerance, constipation, irritable bowel syndrome and other gastro-related issues that might be creating what appears to be finicky behavior.”

Dr. Reena Nandi, director of Psychiatric Services, is excited about the workshop series and the wide range of important topics it will cover for parents with children of all ages.

“The March 8 series will cover universal issues that all parents deal with,” she said. “Helping discover if your child is simply fussy about their food choices or has a medical issue is of critical importance to their well-being. We’re honored to have Dr. Webster to provide such important information.”

Workshops are held on the second Tuesday of each month. The April 12 workshop will cover orthopedic issues, including how to protect your child from sports-related injuries. A full schedule will be announced in the near future.

To register, call Nicole Oberheim at 516-626-1971, ext. 337.


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Joe Scotchie is the editor of both The Roslyn News and New Hyde Park Illustrated News. In 2009, he won a New York State Press Association award for a sports feature. Joseph Scotchie’s past publications include biographies of Thomas Wolfe and Richard Weaver and a comprehensive history of the city of Asheville, North Carolina.


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