Jennifer Bright Reich, Author at Lehigh Valley Marketplace's Posts

Let’s Play!

Let’s Play!

Over the past half century, children’s free play time with other children has declined sharply, according to recent research. Over the same period, anxiety, depression, suicide, feelings of helplessness, and narcissism have increased sharply. It’s not hard to see the connection there. But why is play so important? “Studies dating back to 1964 suggest that exploration, self... »

Reading: It Does a Mind Good

Reading: It Does a Mind Good

Bath, book, bed: It’s a tried-and-true nighttime routine for many families—and the book part is especially key for children’s development. “No age is too early to start reading to your child—start as soon as you get home from the hospital,” says Elyse Jones, MD, pediatrician at St. Luke’s Allentown Pediatrics. “At this age, it doesn’t even matter what you’re reading—it cou... »

Say What?  How to Spot Hearing  Problems in Kids

Say What? How to Spot Hearing Problems in Kids

Two to three out of every 1,000 children in the United States are born with a detectable level of hearing loss in one or both ears, and others may develop hearing loss as they grow older, due to infections or exposure to loud noises. And this is concerning, as hearing is extremely important to a child’s development—socially, emotionally, and cognitively. That’s why childre... »

Parenting is Hard – The MD Guides Can Help

Parenting is Hard – The MD Guides Can Help

Back in 2009, I found myself wishing I could phone up my kids’ pediatrician during every moment of parenting confusion and panic. After a while, an idea hit me: I should create a book series featuring tips from doctors who are also moms, but only tips that they’d actually use themselves. I decided to call the books, and the experts in them, the Mommy MD Guides. To make the... »

4 Unexpected Things You Should Put in Your Birth Bag

4 Unexpected Things You Should Put in Your Birth Bag

If you’re an expectant mom, you’re probably doing everything you can to prepare for your little bundle of joy. But don’t forget to plan for yourself, too! One of the most effective ways to do this is by strategically packing your birth bag. Here are 4 surprising items that can make your experience that much more calm and enjoyable. Earplugs: These can drown out hospital no... »

Make Baby’s First Word “Om”

Make Baby’s First Word “Om”

For new moms, it can be a huge struggle to leave the house right after having a baby. Not only are you trying to manage all these new responsibilities (that no one remotely prepared you for!), but you’re literally juggling car seats and baby bags, and often wondering how other people will react to your little one’s next screaming fit. But more than anyone, new moms should ... »

Breast Cancer Prevention is Better Than Ever

Breast Cancer Prevention is Better Than Ever

For years, Leslie Warren of Bethlehem had been an avid gardener and motorcyclist. That is, until sharp pain in his hip started interfering with his activities. “Getting on and off the bike started to bother me,” he recalls. “Then it became painful just going up and down stairs. I consider myself to be a tough old bird, so I just sucked it up and kept going.” »

Ready, Set, Deliver!

Ready, Set, Deliver!

For years, Leslie Warren of Bethlehem had been an avid gardener and motorcyclist. That is, until sharp pain in his hip started interfering with his activities. “Getting on and off the bike started to bother me,” he recalls. “Then it became painful just going up and down stairs. I consider myself to be a tough old bird, so I just sucked it up and kept going.” »

Lily’s Hope Foundation

Lily’s Hope Foundation

Providing support for preemie babies and their families   The best laid plans of mice and men—and storks—do sometimes go awry! Most pregnancies last 40 weeks, but about 12 percent of babies don’t complete their 40 week gestation. These babies are born prematurely and they (and their parents) need a lot of help and hope. Here in the Lehigh Valley, an agency offers just... »

Camelot for Children

Camelot for Children

"Camelot, located nowhere in particular, can be anywhere," wrote Arthurian scholar Norris J. Lacy. But if you were to ask thousands of families benefitted by Camelot for Children here in the Lehigh Valley, they’d say that Camelot is located on Emmaus Avenue in Allentown. Camelot for Children was founded by Patricia Mullin and Kostas Kalogeropoulos more than three decades a... »

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