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Growing Pains

“Double standards” in teens’ sexual attitudes and behaviors

Tuesday, December 17, 2013, 5:30 AM
Life is full of double standards. And it starts early. Some of it is harmless. For instance, from day one of life, the name cards on newborns’ cribs are pink for girls and blue for boys. Research shows how double standards may influence human behavior. In one experimental study looking at this... Read more

School refusal and kids: What can you do?

Monday, November 25, 2013, 9:42 AM
A significant part of my work as a cognitive-behavioral therapist specializing in anxiety and related disorders is providing families with recommendations for good resources. “Good resources,” in these cases, are usually books and websites that offer general, up-to-date information on the... Read more

“Mom, Dad, am I fat?”: Talking to your kids about weight and health

Thursday, October 17, 2013, 5:30 AM
Today's guest blogger is Alexis Skoufalos, EdD, associate dean, professional development, at the Jefferson School of Population Health and is a member of the Philadelphia Health Initiative. “Mom, Dad, am I fat?” It's a question that many parents aren't sure how to answer. There’s... Read more

Should there be 'kid-free' zones in public places?

Thursday, September 5, 2013, 5:30 AM
Today's guest blogger is Anita Kulick, President & CEO of Educating Communities for Parenting in Philadelphia. ECP offers a variety of programs and services for teen and adult parents, adjudicated delinquent youth, young adults aging out of the foster care system, preschoolers, and children at... Read more

Teens and B.O.: What can you do?

Thursday, August 22, 2013, 6:00 AM
"Why do we need B.O.? What is the function of it? Everything in nature has a reason, has a purpose, except B.O. Doesn't make any sense: do something good, hard work, exercise, smell very bad. This is the way the human being is designed. You move, you stink. Why can't our bodies help us? Why can't sweat... Read more

How should I talk to my teen about plan B?

Tuesday, July 9, 2013, 9:23 AM
Today’s guest blogger is Krishna White, MD, MPH, an adolescent medicine specialist at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children. Now that Plan B will be available over-the-counter without any age restriction, we asked her about how to talk to your teen about emergency contraception. What... Read more

A summer day with my “perfect” teenager

Thursday, July 4, 2013, 6:00 AM
7:30 a.m. My 16-year-old son wakes up on a beautiful summer morning after 9 hours of sleep. He’s singing in the shower, a sign that he has had enough sleep. 8:00 a.m. He sets out a tasty breakfast of cereal, low fat milk and whole wheat toast. He’s also taking his calcium with vitamin... Read more

You say yes…I say no: how parenting style may affect teens’ behaviors

Tuesday, June 18, 2013, 6:00 AM
As Groucho Marx once said, “Getting older is no problem. You just have to live long enough.” If only getting older were so simple. For some teens and their families, the teenage years are filled with stress and turmoil. And why wouldn’t they be? After all, the child is becoming... Read more

Why should I take sibling bullying seriously?

Monday, June 17, 2013, 10:49 AM
It seems to be the accepted norm that siblings will fight and torment each other. But researchers say sibling bullying should be treated as seriously as bullying from a peer. In fact, being picked on by a brother or sister can be harmful to a child’s mental health, found a study published online... Read more

Teen acne: Don’t scrub, don’t pick and try not to stress

Tuesday, June 4, 2013, 9:22 AM
In medical school we had a joke: What is the biggest organ in the body? The answer, “skin,” made us chuckle. Little did I know that skin would end up being the cause of so much distress to my teenage patients. Why do teens get acne? Here’s what my teen son says: “It’s... Read more
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The Healthy Kids blog is your window into the latest news, research and advice around children's health. Learn more about our growing list of contributors here.

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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. 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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