Saturday, May 30, 2015

Parenting

Swim safety tips: Preventing water-borne illnesses and injuries

Thursday, May 28, 2015, 5:30 AM
Beginning with Memorial Day weekend, many of us will head to the shore or a local pool to stay cool throughout the summer. Besides putting on sunscreen, it’s important to know preventative measures related to water-borne illnesses and injuries when we swim. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control... Read more

Is it OK for my teen to listen to explicit rap music?

Wednesday, May 27, 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. Many teenagers listen to rap music that is filled with profanity, expletives and language that would never, ever be condoned in public. Questions raised... Read more

Are parenting programs unwelcoming to dads?

Wednesday, May 20, 2015, 5:30 AM
One in 4 children in the United States grows up in a single parent household. Of these, at least 80 percent are headed by single mothers, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Parenting programs, courses that seek to improve one’s parenting skills, are available on a variety of topics including:... Read more

Teaching 'stranger danger': Helpful or harmful?

Tuesday, May 19, 2015, 5:30 AM
We’ve all heard of “stranger danger”, the rhyming phrase intended to warn children about how someone they don’t know might try to hurt them. Over the past few weeks, a viral video has made the rounds on social media. In it, a stranger easily walks away with young children at... Read more

How parents can even benefit from sleepaway camps

Monday, May 18, 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. As the weather heats up, it’s time for some parents and kids to begin the separation process known as summer camp. Many experts have examined how sleepaway... Read more

Teens getting their licenses after 18: What do I need to know?

Wednesday, May 13, 2015, 5:30 AM
If your teenager is like many today (including one of mine), they may not be in a rush to drive. They pass their sixteen birthday, happily taking the bus or getting rides. Then they’re still without a license at 17. At 18 or older, they realize they need to drive to work and start the learning-to-drive... Read more

Parents and teens: How to fight nicely

Tuesday, May 12, 2015, 5:30 AM
Mayweather vs Pacquino isn’t the only fight to happen recently. Every day there are frustrated teens and parents sparring outside the ring — behind closed doors in their homes as well as in my adolescent medicine office. In exam room #1 are a mother and her teenage daughter. I was seeing... Read more

Surprise! Children may learn more from the unexpected

Thursday, May 7, 2015, 5:30 AM
Purple Elephants! If that statement was not what you expected, your brain likely triggered a chemical response that encouraged you to discover how elephants could be purple. A new study out of Johns Hopkins University found that children as young as 11 months will attempt to explore the methods of... Read more

Chores: To pay or not to pay?

Wednesday, May 6, 2015, 5:30 AM
It’s obvious that doing chores pays off in big benefits for the family and the child, but does that mean parents shouldn’t pay children for the work they do? Not surprisingly, a survey conducted by Time for Kids showed that 75 percent of the children polled thought they should get paid.... Read more

Moms: Are you in a 'busy trap'?

Wednesday, April 29, 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. Ask any mother, “How are you?” and you’ll be met with the answer of “busy” or “crazy busy". Usually, there’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. 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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