Our children are inundated with such tight schedules they suffer from lack of down time. Help them to work out a balanced time schedule.
Where can I find a quality book on being a parent? What you say reflects on your own parents?
“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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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!
Three articles appearing in PEDIATRICS magazine to enlighten our readers on the health and care of their children.
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.
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.
Dr. Samson reviews recent journal articles, including the topics of pediatric medication exposure, concussions, and immunizations.
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.
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.
The prior series on medical literature review has proven popular, and requests for resumption has moved me to follow our reader’s wishes.
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?
Love requires action as well as words. This month’s article looks at three ways to show love to children.
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.
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.
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.
In this two-part dissertation on the topic of communication with your teen, Dr. Smith enlightens us on methods of reaching them.
Three measures to take so that the beginning days of school are easier and more successful for everyone.
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.
It’s summer travel time! Here’s a quick look at how to prepare and survive the flight from here to there.
Life is risky. As parents we must be aware of the many risks presented to our children.
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.
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.
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.
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.
September is here and so is school. Those extra curricular activities are great, but what priority do they become in your family?
Sandra Smith discusses kids' lies, why children lie, and how to deal with persistent lying.
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.
The American Academy of Pediatrics announces a new policy statement for the safety of infants, toddlers and children riding in motor vehicles.
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.
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) 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.
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
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.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gives us statistics on the dangers of texting while driving.
Parents have guidelines to help decide if the child is mature enough to be home alone for short periods of time.
Follow these suggestions to smooth the transition from summer vacation to another school year.
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.
Young people always seem to be “plugged in” these days. Be that the case--how aware are they of their environment?
Dr. Livingston examines the choices we make in our daily life, school, and more.
Dr. Welty looks at the importance of reading to your infant and young child.
Dr. Theriot concludes his look at the needs of gifted children.
A practical tip list when thinking of your infant and safety this holiday season.
Tips for making blended families—families where one or both partners bring children into the new unit—work during the holidays.
Dr. Theriot continues his examination of the needs of gifted children.
It is likely that eating behaviors in young children are a function of both specific feeding practices and parenting styles.
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?
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?
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.
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.
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.
Dr. Theriot explores how to ease the transition of a new baby into families who already have older children.
Dr. Livingston reviews five concepts that help reveal the power of saying "no."
A quick look at trends observed in teens with personal televisions.
A look at the type of information that should be continually updated for each member of the family.
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.
As daunting as it may seem teaching financial responsibility is one of the jobs of effective parenting.
Know the warning signs of children playing the choking game.
This is a reminder of the importance of adequate fluid hydration and your body's need for water.
Tips for making your trips down the food aisles a little smarter and more healthful for you and your family.
How to live with, and overcome, the sleep deprivation that comes with a newborn.
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.
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”.
Achieve your parenting goals with these tried and true techniques.
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?"
Stress affects our whole family. Learn some techniques for reducing your stress level.
The suggestions in this article will assist in raising children who honor themselves and others.
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.
Before bringing a pet into the home, be sure to read the guidelines in this article.
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.
Expressing a positive attitude isn't easy. Here's how to start changing your attitude.
Dr. Cox puts together the essentials every parent should had when traveling.
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.