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Development Parenting

When should my child start shaving?

  In my last blog I discussed the common question about when it’s appropriate to start using deodorant or antiperspirants, which led me to think of all those questions beginning, “When is my child old enough…” One of these questions: When is my child old enough to shave? This is another question without a one-size fits […]

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Development Parenting

When should my child start wearing deodorant?

I get asked all the time when kids should start wearing deodorant or antiperspirants. When Depends There’s no standard answer since kids have different needs. Some kids are active outside and simply carry the smells of the great outdoors and sweat on their body. This isn’t puberty sweat, just musty body odor in most young […]

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ADHD, anxiety, and depression Parenting

Cherish the Gifts of ADHD

Ok, so I know most parents of children with ADHD will read this title and think I’m crazy. Gifts of ADHD? Really? Kids with ADHD have trouble with behavior, academics, and social skills. Adults with untreated ADHD fail to meet their own expectations, as shared by Jessica McCabe, and have problems at work and home. How […]

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Infants Injuries Parenting Safety Vaccines

7 Vitamin K Myths Busted

Social media has allowed the sharing of misinformation about many things, especially medically related things. When the specifics of something are unknown to a person, pretty much anything that’s said can sound reasonable, so people believe what they hear. This happens with many things, such as vaccine risks, chelation, and vitamin K. I want to […]

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Parenting Safety

Help! My Child Stuck ____ Up His Nose!

Help! My child stuck ___ up his nose! If you’ve ever said these words, you know how awful it can be to know your little one has something stuck up there but cannot blow it out. The longer it has been there, the more chance there will be secondary complications, such as irritation to the […]

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Parenting

Potty Training

I remember long ago when I was a relatively new mom I still had insecurities about what I was doing (despite the fact that I was a pediatrician). Well, to be honest, I still have lots of great advice for parents, but with my own kids I often struggle to know what’s best.  But my kids […]

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Allergies Ears Illnesses Parenting Safety Vaccines

Traveling with Kids

Many families travel when school’s out of session, which over the winter holiday season and spring break means traveling when illness is abound. I get a lot of questions this time of year about how to safely travel with kids. Traveling with kids can increase the level of difficulty, but it can be done safely […]

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Parenting

A Working Parent’s Guide to Being There

As a working mom myself, I have at times struggled with the guilt of not being around for every new milestone, class party, or other occasion. Working parents can make time to have time with their kids. There are the stay-at-home vs working mom “Mommy Wars” that I don’t want to get into because these […]

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Parenting Safety

Active Shooters: Reflections and Talking to Kids

Area flags are at half mast today as we are mourning the loss of innocent lives from another mass shooting at a Texas church over the weekend. We are sad for grieving families once again. What we can do to protect ourselves and our loved ones from random violence and acts of hate? My generally safe town […]

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Exercise Nutrition Parenting Safety Sleep

Lead by Example

We’ve all heard the saying: kids will do what they’re shown, not as they’re told. Lead by example. It’s so true. Think about all the times your kids are watching you. They are learning from you. What can you do to help them have healthy habits? Eat your vegetables. Get daily exercise. Wear your seatbelt. […]