Saturday, April 25, 2015

Bridging the social media gap between parents and teens

Tuesday, March 31, 2015, 5:30 AM
This past fall, Marysville, Wash. high school freshman Jaylen Fryberg opened fire in the cafeteria, shooting five of his classmates before taking his own life. Prior to this tragedy, Jaylen’s Twitter posts had reflected a picture of a teen who felt rejected, angry, suicidal, and desperate. In... Read more

Lighthouse parenting: Giving space for kids to learn while offering safety

Monday, March 30, 2015, 5:30 AM
Just like so many other “professions” that have drastically changed in the last 15 years, so has parenting. As a parent educator, I work with over 350 parents annually – ranging from the at-risk to the privileged. They may come from varied backgrounds, but most have one thing in common... Read more

Healthy family recipe: Herbed turkey meatballs

Friday, March 27, 2015, 5:30 AM
Think outside the box with these lean and flavorful meatballs. Not only do they taste great with a traditional pasta sauce and a serving of whole wheat pasta or on a whole wheat roll for a sandwich, they can be added to many meals. Try serving them with cooked vegetables, halved in a salad or in a... Read more

Medical play: Helping kids face fears of the doctor’s office

Thursday, March 26, 2015, 5:30 AM
Today’s guest bloggers are Sherry Polise, MS, CCLS and Rachael Szewczyk, CCLS, Certified Child Life Specialists at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. March is Child Life Month. Many children love to play pretend: they cook in play kitchens, they dress up as princesses and pirates... Read more

Are parents to blame for their teenager’s depression?

Wednesday, March 25, 2015, 5:30 AM
Today's guest blogger is Lauren Napolitano, Psy.D., a licensed psychologist on staff at Bryn Mawr Hospital and in private practice in Bryn Mawr. Let me preface this article by stating that I’m writing this from the vantage point of being a psychologist and a parent. This is a complex question... Read more

Debunking myths: The effect of same sex parents on children

Tuesday, March 24, 2015, 5:30 AM
The heterosexual married couple with biologically related children is the long heralded traditional nuclear family. For a long time, most portrayals of families on television were of these traditional households. Popular shows like Growing Pains or Family Ties in the late 80s and early 90s reinforced... Read more

Are energy drinks the new gateway drug?

Monday, March 23, 2015, 8:31 AM
Hashtag, selfie, energy drink...It’s clearly a sign of the times that energy drink is now found in Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary: “a usually carbonated beverage that typically contains caffeine and other ingredients ... intended to increase the drinker's energy.” "All the... Read more

Healthy family recipe: Marinated strawberries with mint whipped cream

Friday, March 20, 2015, 5:30 AM
As we break into warm days, switch out heavy cakes and pies for this fresh fruit dessert. Homemade whipped cream adds just a touch of sweetness atop fresh cut strawberries. Although our version contains a bit more fat than a typical tub whipping topping, there are no additional fillers such as hydrogenated... Read more

How can osteopathic manipulation help my family?

Thursday, March 19, 2015, 5:30 AM
There are new advances in medicine every day. They range from new discoveries in imaging, lab testing, and genetics. These advancements are amazing, but sometimes we forget what is literally at our fingertips. Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) practice Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM)... Read more

5 tips for helping your child cope with clinic visits

Wednesday, March 18, 2015, 5:30 AM
Today’s guest bloggers are Katie Scarlett and Sara Fisher, Certified Child Life Specialists at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. March is Child Life Month. Child life specialists have a background in child development and family systems to assist children and families cope with potentially... Read more
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Anna Nguyen Healthy Kids blog Editor
Sarah Levin Allen, Ph.D., CBIS Assistant Professor of Psychology at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Stephen Aronoff, M.D., M.B.A. Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at Temple University Hospital
Peter Bidey, D.O. Medical Director of Family Medicine at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Christopher C. Chang, MD, PhD, MBA, FAAAAI, FACAAI Associate Professor of Medicine in division of Rheumatology, Allergy and Clinical Immunology at UC Davis
Katherine K. Dahlsgaard, Ph.D. Lead Psychologist of The Anxiety Behaviors Clinic at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Gary A. Emmett, M.D., F.A.A.P Director of Hospital Pediatrics at TJU Hospital & Pediatrics Professor at Thomas Jefferson Univ.
Magee DeFelice, M.D. Division Chief of Allergy and Immunology at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children
Hazel Guinto-Ocampo, M.D. Chief of Pediatric Emergency Services at Nemours duPont Pediatrics/Bryn Mawr Hospital
Rima Himelstein, M.D. Adolescent Medicine Specialist at Crozer-Keystone Health System
Jessica Kendorski, PhD, NCSP, BCBA-D Associate Professor in School Psychology/Applied Behavior Analysis at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Anita Kulick President & CEO, Educating Communities for Parenting
Janet Rosenzweig, MS, PhD, MPA VP for Programs & Research for Prevent Child Abuse America
Beth Wallace Smith, R.D. Registered Dietitian at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Emiliano Tatar, M.D. Pediatrician at Einstein Healthcare Network Roxborough Plaza
Jeanette Trella, Pharm.D Managing Director at The Poison Control Center at CHOP
W. Douglas Tynan, Ph.D., ABPP Director of Integrated Health Care for American Psychological Association
Flaura Koplin Winston, M.D., Ph.D. Scientific Director of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s Center for Injury Research and Prevention
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