How to Give a Time-Out

Giving a child a time-out can be a useful tool to help them cool down and learn good behavior. Here are some tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics. The basics of a time-out—by the numbers: 1.      Warn your child first, "If you don't stop, you'll have a...

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How parents’ screen time impacts kids

Kids are growing up in an increasingly digital world, with infants as young as 4 months being exposed to technology — but that isn’t just when the child is looking at a screen. As a pediatrician and a mom of teens, I encourage parents to be aware of their own use of...

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The Benefits & Tricks to Having a Family Dinner

By: Kathleen Berchelmann, MD, FAAP Eating at least three family meals together each week is associated with healthier kids, according to a study published in Pediatrics. This was a large meta-analysis of more than 180,000 children, a well-designed study for those of...

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Parents: Beware of Button Batteries During the Holidays

BY: KARLA RAUCH The holidays mean something a little bit different for everyone. For me, it’s the time of year in which I step up my button battery awareness efforts into high gear. My youngest son, Emmett, swallowed a button battery eight years ago and has suffered...

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Coughs and Colds: Medicines or Home Remedies?

Medicines Oral over-the-counter (OTC) cough and cold medicines can cause serious harm to young children. The risks of using these medicines is more than any help the medicines might have in reducing cold symptoms. From ages 4 to 6 years: Cough medicine should be used...

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7 Exercise Ideas to Keep Your Kids Active This Winter

BY: CHRISTOPHER KIST, MS, HFS, CPT We’re all aware that regular physical activity is important and has many health benefits. But even some very active kids have a difficult time keeping the exercise going during the winter months. We get it – it’s cold, it’s dark...

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How to Plan a Balanced Thanksgiving Meal for Picky Eaters

Thanksgiving—a holiday full of elaborate food traditions—can be extra challenging for parents of picky eaters. Who wants a holiday dinner turned into a battle zone filled with whispered bargaining? Fortunately, with a little planning, you can create a balanced...

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12 Tips for Teaching Children Gratitude

By: Kathleen Berchelmann, MD, FAAP Tired of bickering, jealousy, and selfishness? Kids are naturally materialistic and self-serving– but the good news is that gratitude can be taught. And from gratitude flows joy. Tricks for Teaching Children Gratitude and Creating a...

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Tips for Feeding Picky Eaters

Eating a variety of healthy foods is important for your child health. But, it's not always easy to get kids to try new and different foods―and sometimes, it can be downright frustrating. The good news is there's a lot you can do to help your child get comfortable...

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Food and Media: Not a Healthy Mix

Media are an important part of our lives—from computers, laptops, tablets, and smartphones that let us learn, communicate, and create, to movies and TV—and movies streamed on smart TVs that entertain and inspire us. But, not everything we see, hear, and learn about on...

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Halloween Safety Tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics

Halloween is an exciting time of year for kids, and to help them have a safe holiday, here are some tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). Feel free to excerpt these tips or use them in their entirety for any print or broadcast story, with acknowledgment...

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Recipe – Apple Chips

3 to 4 crisp, ripe organic apples 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon 1 tablespoon granulated sweetener of your choice (optional) Slice off the top, stem side, of the apple and then slice the apple into thin rounds, somewhere between 1/8″ to 1/4″ thick. A mandoline slicer...

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Children and Music: Benefits of Music in Child Development

Singing and music play an important role in our culture. You'll find music present in many aspects of our lives: theater, television, movies, worship, holidays, celebrations, and government and military ceremonies. At home, music can become part of our family culture...

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