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Sleep

Spring Forward: Help your kids ease into their new schedule

Bonus post! I’ve been scheduling posts on Tuesdays and Saturdays, but forgot about the clock change that’s happening next weekend. I wanted to post off schedule to give people a week to think about how they’ll adjust and Spring forward! Spring forward and lose an hour of sleep Spring is a wonderful time with warmer […]

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Injuries

8 Concussion Myths

Concussions are relatively common. Fortunately there have been campaigns to increase awareness, so more kids are being properly identified. There are still many myths related to concussion that need to be clarified. Common myths and misinformation about concussions: 1. A normal head CT means no concussion and a full return to play is okay. Concussions […]

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Development Parenting Safety Sleep

Transitioning to The Big Kid Bed

Parents often try to keep the crib as long as possible to avoid the problem of their toddler/preschooler leaving the bed again and again at bedtime, but eventually they all need to take the plunge and get a big kid bed. How do you get a kid to stay in a bed? Daycares do it […]

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Dental Health Infants Parenting Sleep Uncategorized

Pacifiers in babies and children: Encourage or discourage?

There’s a lot of debate about pacifiers and since it’s Children’s Dental Health Month I thought I’d tackle the issue. Many parents are apprehensive to start one with a baby, yet many babies need to suck. SuckingĀ is a natural reflex. Sucking on thumbs, fingers, pacifiers or other objects may make babies feel secure and happy […]

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Development Teens

First Period Q&A with Teens

Over the years I’ve talked with many girls about what to expect during puberty. Some of the biggest questions we all have involve the mysterious first period. I have dug into the recesses of my brain to come up with all the questions asked over the years to put all the information down in one […]

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Parenting Safety

E-cigarette Use In Our Kids – Let’s Stop It!

For many years I didn’t see many patients using tobacco. I admit I’ve been lax in talking about risks because there seemed to be more pressing things to discuss in my limited time at appointments. Recently I’m seeing more kids who are trying nicotine due to e-cigarettes and vaping. These are marketed as a safer […]

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Parenting Safety Teens Uncategorized

Teen Dating Violence Prevention & Treatment

As discussed earlier, teen dating violence is a relatively common problem that can occur in any socioeconomic circle. It’s important to recognize teen dating violence, but it’s even better to learn teen dating violence prevention and what to do if you recognize trouble! Family relationships How we raise our children from infancy and continuing throughout […]

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Parenting Safety Teens Uncategorized

Teen Dating Violence: Recognition

Would you recognize signs of dating violence? Many teens don’t report it to friends or family. It can be difficult to recognize despite the significant prevalence. Victims might not say anything out of fear for their safety, embarrassment, low self-esteem, or not recognizing the abusive behaviors. Whatever the reason for the under-reporting, parents and other […]

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Safety Teens Uncategorized

Teen Dating Violence: Stats to Know

Teen dating is an important way for kids to learn about themselves and others, but it can open them up to risky behaviors, heartache, and more. Violence in teen relationships is more common than you might realize, but recognizing warning signs can help protect our kids in their relationships. Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month February […]

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Parenting Uncategorized

Show Your Kids Love On Valentine’s Day and Every Day

In honor of Valentine’s Day, I’m sharing 14 ways to show your child love. 1. Make time to be together It goes without saying that the more time you spend with your family, the more bonding you can enjoy. This photo is from a time that I agreed to be in a show with my […]