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  1. Time to Recover ›

    Our children are inundated with such tight schedules they suffer from lack of down time. Help them to work out a balanced time schedule.

  1. Training For Parenthood ›

    Where can I find a quality book on being a parent? What you say reflects on your own parents?

  1. What’s Up Doc? ›

    A review of the pediatric literature.

  1. Is Mediocrity Really Our Goal In Parenting? ›

    “Doing the best you can” leads to mediocrity. Our youngsters are growing up with the mind-set of being average in all that they do.

  1. Unconditional Regard ›

    How to establish self-esteem in our children.

  1. The Value Of A Teaching Hospital ›

    Any Children’s Hospital with pediatric residents involved is an asset for the health of your child. One should be grateful and respectful toward these dedicated physicians.

  1. Negative Self-Talk In Children ›

    Occasionally children say to their parents, “I am a horrible child,” or use other self-negating statements. How are parents to respond? First, determine what the child wants from the self-accusation.

  1. The Worry-Wart ›

    What is a parent suppose to do when the child refuses to go to school, crying and having an upset stomach every morning? Why is he so afraid to leave home?

  1. Time To Parent ›

    But I coach my son’s soccer team and she drives them to ballet and piano lessons. Isn’t that enough to qualify us as good parents? NO! It takes one-on-one TIME.

  1. Keeping Baby Happy ›

    Babies need time to be babies--that is who they are. In busy families, providing that time easily gets overlooked. When parents know what leads to a baby’s happiness they can better meet those needs within the context of the rest of the family.

  1. What’s Up Doc? ›

    Dr. Samson reviews the literature and looks at: 1. The value of the current rotavirus vaccine as compared to the previous vaccine. 2. The importance of minimal formula intake while waiting for mother’s breast milk to mature.

  1. Is There Really A Santa Claus? ›

    At what age should we tell our kids there is no Santa?

  1. Happy Holidays ›

    While anticipation for the holidays is often joyous, sometimes we end up trying to do too much in preparation. Learning how to simplify while still creating a feeling of festivity increases enjoyment for the entire family. This year I am taking my own advice and requested a reprint from a previous December Informed Parent. This will help me enjoy my holidays more!

  1. What’s Up, Doc? ›

    Three articles appearing in PEDIATRICS magazine to enlighten our readers on the health and care of their children.

  1. How is it going? What makes a successful school year ›

    Parents and children start the new school year with high expectations for success. They resolve to remedy situations from the year before that caused difficulty. Now, six weeks into the semester, it’s time to review what is working and what needs some adjusting.

  1. Bicycle Safety For All Ages: Infants, Children and Adolescents ›

    School has begun and children are again riding their bikes with vigor. This is a good time to review the safety rules that apply to all bike riders.

  1. What’s Up, Doc ›

    Dr. Samson reviews recent journal articles, including the topics of pediatric medication exposure, concussions, and immunizations.

  1. Ingredients For Powerful Parenting ›

    Powerful parenting requires inner confidence and clarity. It demands the ability to balance child care, self care, profession, and relationships--an impossible task without a strong foundation and effective skills.

  1. Kids And Heroes ›

    Everyone needs heroes. Those we choose as our heroes follow a developmental model. Through all stages of choosing them, the qualities the hero expresses remain the same.

  1. What’s Up, Doc? ›

    The prior series on medical literature review has proven popular, and requests for resumption has moved me to follow our reader’s wishes.

  1. Coping With Academic Stress ›

    How can you, as the parent, balance your own stress levels in a healthy and sustainable way so that you can continue to support and advocate for your child without unleashing the stress on him?

  1. Three Ways To Say “I Love You” ›

    Love requires action as well as words. This month’s article looks at three ways to show love to children.

  1. Head Lice And Nits ›

    It is estimated that ten million children a year are affected by head lice. They mostly live on the bodies of their hosts--more commonly children--and feed on their blood.

  1. Keep It Simple Keep It Fun ›

    Keeping joy in the holidays requires discipline and planning. By keeping the season simple, fun increases for you as well as for the rest of the family.

  1. Effective Communication With Your Teen, Part 2 ›

    Last week we covered basic methods of communicating with your teen. Today we will stress steps to take when a serious problem or behavior needs addressing.

  1. Effective Communication With Your Teen, Part 1 ›

    In this two-part dissertation on the topic of communication with your teen, Dr. Smith enlightens us on methods of reaching them.

  1. School Time Again ›

    Three measures to take so that the beginning days of school are easier and more successful for everyone.

  1. Between A Rock And A Hard Place ›

    Obesity in the United States is an obvious problem. In order to get control of it we must start with our children. Sugar, sugar sugar…too much of a good thing.

  1. Fast Facts: Infant Air Travel ›

    It’s summer travel time! Here’s a quick look at how to prepare and survive the flight from here to there.

  1. A Better Understanding Of Risk ›

    Life is risky. As parents we must be aware of the many risks presented to our children.

  1. Good Habits Create Good Students ›

    With a willingness to develop routines and schedules, parents assist with their child’s brain development by establishing patterns that maximize potential and lead toward lifelong success.

  1. Safe Infant Sleep: Protect Your Infant From SIDS And Sleep-related Deaths ›

    A review of the most important advice from pediatricians and the American Academy of Pediatrics. This list will help to provide a safe sleeping environment and prevent sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), suffocation or entrapment while sleeping.

  1. Facing The Unthinkable ›

    When families are given a diagnosis of serious or terminal illness in their child, their lives change in an instant. They are thrown into grief. Several steps can be taken to assist them in moving through the process.

  1. The Twelve Gifts of Self ›

    A reminder of what the true importance of life is.

  1. Choking Prevention ›

    Choking is the leading cause of injury that results in death for children younger than one year of age. Parents must be aware of common choking hazards and take preventive measures to avoid a choking accident.

  1. Here Comes School Again With Its Demands! ›

    September is here and so is school. Those extra curricular activities are great, but what priority do they become in your family?

  1. Liar, Liar, Pants On Fire ›

    Sandra Smith discusses kids' lies, why children lie, and how to deal with persistent lying.

  1. The Myth of Simplification ›

    Many of us live with the belief that life could be simple. We think that if we organized or balanced our many responsibilities and desires differently, life would be less complicated. Life is not simple There are tools we can use that will provide a greater feeling of simplicity which opens up the space for less stress and more joy.

  1. New Infant And Child Car Seat Recommendations ›

    The American Academy of Pediatrics announces a new policy statement for the safety of infants, toddlers and children riding in motor vehicles.

  1. Please Ask The Right Question! ›

    Most of us spend our entire lives asking ourselves one wrong question after another. This leads to frustration, non-achievement of goals and sometimes outburst behavior to others.

  1. Teaching Kids The Skill of Decision-Making ›

    Teaching children to make wise decisions is part of effective parenting. Learning the skill begins in toddler hood. As children grow older, having the tools to make wise decisions helps them evaluate the choices they face.

  1. What’s Up Doc? ›

    1) The usage of infant car seats is sometimes mishandled. Let us understand the degree of danger this puts on our babies. 2) Household cleaning product-related injuries are still happening. We must not let our guard down in preventing them.

  1. Infant Nutrition Update ›

    A review of typical infant feeding guidelines from birth to one year, and updated nutrition recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). Understand which foods are essential for adequate nutrition and which foods should be avoided

  1. Lessons From A Three-Year-Old ›

    If we consider each person we meet to be our teacher, a three-year-old can offer us many lessons. The challenge is being open to learning.

  1. The Art Of Reframing ›


  1. Texting And Driving: Don’t Do It! ›

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gives us statistics on the dangers of texting while driving.

  1. Home Alone: What Age Are Children Ready? ›

    Parents have guidelines to help decide if the child is mature enough to be home alone for short periods of time.

  1. School Is Starting: Get Prepared ›

    Follow these suggestions to smooth the transition from summer vacation to another school year.

  1. Child Safety: Being Aware Of your Surroundings, Part 2 ›

    Last month we talked about the importance of children being attuned to their environment and being able to respond appropriately to their surroundings. For July let’s take a look at several common places and interactions that parents may use to help their children learn these important observational and reaction skills.

  1. Child Safety: Being Aware Of Your Surroundings ›

    Young people always seem to be “plugged in” these days. Be that the case--how aware are they of their environment?

  1. From Over The Top To Moderation ›

    Keep birthday parties sane and enjoyable with a few simple tips.

  1. Healthy Choices For Your Teenager And Family ›

    Dr. Livingston examines the choices we make in our daily life, school, and more.

  1. Read Aloud To Your Baby And Young Child ›

    Dr. Welty looks at the importance of reading to your infant and young child.

  1. The Special Needs Of The Gifted Child, Part 3 ›

    Dr. Theriot concludes his look at the needs of gifted children.

  1. The Holidays And Active Infants ›

    A practical tip list when thinking of your infant and safety this holiday season.

  1. Celebrating Holidays In Blended Families ›

    Tips for making blended families—families where one or both partners bring children into the new unit—work during the holidays.

  1. The Special Needs Of The Gifted Child, Part 2 ›

    Dr. Theriot continues his examination of the needs of gifted children.

  1. Parenting Influences on Childhood Obesity ›

    It is likely that eating behaviors in young children are a function of both specific feeding practices and parenting styles.

  1. Summer Movies And Kids ›

    What is wrong with taking my elementary school age kids to see an R rated movie? They don't understand the content anyway. Or do they?

  1. Dangers of Swimming Pools ›

    The tragedy of losing a family member to a drowning can never be forgotten. That is especially true if the victim was a minor child, left in your supervision. How could this have happened?

  1. Good Deeds And Your Family, Part 2 ›

    The conclusion to a two-part article on good deeds.

  1. Good Deeds And Your Family, Part 1 ›

    Part one of a two-part article on good deeds.

  1. Healthy School Lunches ›

    School lunches can be a challenge. While perhaps they are doing a better job than in the past, many cafeteria lunches are less than ideal. Packing lunches at home takes time. Keeping them varied and interesting stretches the imagination.

  1. Understanding Your Teen: What Is “Normal?” ›

    Trying to decide what is normal and what is abnormal behavior in your teen is a difficult task. Clear communication is critical. Guidelines help parents make informed decisions.

  1. Sleeping With Mom And Dad ›

    How to resolve an unwanted co-sleeping situation.

  1. Tantrums and Time Out: Discipline For The Terrible Two’s ›

  1. Loss Of A Loved One ›

    Understanding the process involved in complicated grief can assist family members and other relatives to identify the children and adolescents who may be at increased risk.

  1. Stimulants And Growth, Part 2 ›

    Part two of a two-part look at stimulants and growth.

  1. When The New Baby Comes Home ›

    Dr. Theriot explores how to ease the transition of a new baby into families who already have older children.

  1. The 5 D’s of Discipline: Teaching the Concept of “No” ›

    Dr. Livingston reviews five concepts that help reveal the power of saying "no."

  1. Personal Televisions And Teens ›

    A quick look at trends observed in teens with personal televisions.

  1. Family Health Document ›

    A look at the type of information that should be continually updated for each member of the family.

  1. Updated Car Seat Guidelines ›

    A look at the new regulations as well as shopping tips.

  1. Using Money Creatively ›

    Creativity lends joy and enthusiasm to life. Thinking outside the box can turn a negative situation into something positive. When families feel money crunches, instead of panicking or feeling blue, it’s time to get the creative juices flowing.

  1. An Earthquake Reminder ›

    Good tips on what to do in the event of an earthquake.

  1. Talking With Kids About Money ›

    As daunting as it may seem teaching financial responsibility is one of the jobs of effective parenting.

  1. A Dinnertime Topic for Discussion: Have You Heard of the Choking Game? ›

    Know the warning signs of children playing the choking game.

  1. Your Basic Fluid Needs ›

    This is a reminder of the importance of adequate fluid hydration and your body's need for water.

  1. Can Children Really Get Migraines? ›

    Learn more about migraines in children.

  1. Food Label Jumble ›

    Tips for making your trips down the food aisles a little smarter and more healthful for you and your family.

  1. Elements Of Love ›

    Tips on effective parenting strategies.

  1. Childhood Depression ›

    Dr. Welty takes another look at childhood depression.

  1. Sleep, Glorious Sleep ›

    How to live with, and overcome, the sleep deprivation that comes with a newborn.

  1. Sending “I-Messages” ›

    When parents incorporate the use of “I-messages” into their repertoire of parenting skills, they notice that their children begin using them, too. They are learning effective communication by modeling your positive behavior.

  1. Texting and Internet Instant Messaging ›

    Dr. Cox looks at today's texting phenomenon.

  1. Are You Really Listening? ›

    An introduction to reflective listening.

  1. A Safe Summer Goodie Bag ›

    Summertime is here and we all look forward to the change in routine. Sun and surf call. But we should be prepared by incorporating safe and sound “goodies”.

  1. Five Do’s That Always (Almost ) Work ›

    Achieve your parenting goals with these tried and true techniques.

  1. Quick Tips for Driving Trips ›

    How many times have you planned a family outing and ten minutes after pulling out of the garage heard a little voice from the back seat say, "Are we almost there yet?"

  1. Get Ready—Get Set—Go Read ›

    Tips for how to peak interest in reading.

  1. A New Look At Family Stress ›

    Stress affects our whole family. Learn some techniques for reducing your stress level.

  1. Self-Esteem or Narcissism? ›

    The suggestions in this article will assist in raising children who honor themselves and others.

  1. Toddlers At Play ›

    The challenges and rewards of toddlerhood.

  1. When Adult Children Move Home ›

    Current trends indicate that grown children live in their parents’ home longer than in the past several decades. They also show that more adult children move home, either alone or with their family after having established households of their own. Careful planning and communication are required for making this transition successful.

  1. Santa, I Want A Pet! ›

    Before bringing a pet into the home, be sure to read the guidelines in this article.

  1. Accidental Substance Ingestion ›

    Emergency rooms see greater than fifty thousand children a year who have inadvertently ingested a medication or substance not intended for them. This is to the exclusion of alcohol and narcotic ingestions.

  1. Choose Your Attitude ›

    Expressing a positive attitude isn't easy. Here's how to start changing your attitude.

  1. A Simple Medical Travel Bag ›

    Dr. Cox puts together the essentials every parent should had when traveling.

  1. Banish The Bad Day Blues ›

    Everyone has a bad day sometimes. No one likes them. Taking the steps to turn those days around means that when bedtime comes, children and parents alike sleep better and look forward to a new day.

  1. Increase Your Helmet IQ ›

    Learning about helmets may save your life or that of a loved one.

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