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Why we shouldn't physically punish our kids

Thursday, September 18, 2014, 5:30 AM
The recent arrest of Minnesota Vikings Running Back Adrian Peterson has sparked a divided reaction within the NFL around the use of physical punishment with children. Peterson’s lawyer, for example, said that Peterson “used the same kind of discipline…that he experienced as a child... Read more

How to talk to your kids about Rice and Peterson

Tuesday, September 16, 2014, 5:30 AM
As you’ve already read, Adrian Peterson and Ray Rice are highly skilled athletes who have been accused of committing terrible crimes. Peterson for repeatedly striking his son with a “switch,” and Rice who knocked out his then fiancée unconscious in an Atlantic City elevator... Read more

Why your teen probably needs more sleep

Monday, September 15, 2014, 5:30 AM
This never happens. A well-rested teen sits before me and shares the happy news: she is now sleeping at least 8, sometimes 9 hours a night. We are in a session; I am her therapist; and I am nodding enthusiastically. She came to me some months before with depression and anxiety. I blanched when I discovered... Read more

7 steps to a saner school year

Monday, September 8, 2014, 5:30 AM
The new school year is just about a week old and many parents are already stressed out. They’re physically and mentally exhausted, and it’s just the beginning. They’re dreading all the lunches that need to be made, all the back-to-to school meetings and conferences to attend, the early... Read more

What to watch: NOVA’s Vaccines – Calling the Shots, Sept 10

Thursday, September 4, 2014, 5:30 AM
What do diseases like the mumps, measles, and whooping cough have in common? Once considered largely eradicated diseases in the United States, they’re now reemerging throughout our country and the world. What has this meant for us? Children are getting sick and dying from preventable diseases—... Read more

Healthy eating habits need to start early, CDC study finds

Tuesday, September 2, 2014, 8:44 AM
Establishing healthy eating behaviors early in life can potentially predict healthy eating behaviors later in life, and even better overall health, found new research in a Pediatrics supplement published online today. The data comes from a follow-up study of children at 6 years of age who were previously... Read more

Reading, writing and making friends...

Tuesday, August 26, 2014, 5:30 AM
As parents, we try to prepare our children to go back to school by reviewing their letters and numbers, helping with summer reading, and making sure they’ve got all their supplies. But are we preparing them socially, to get along with others, and emotionally, to make friends? Having friendships... Read more

How do I talk to my kids about suicide?

Wednesday, August 20, 2014, 5:30 AM
Robin Williams' suicide last week, like all suicides, was shocking. He was funny, successful, rich, beloved. At 63, he was also middle-aged, white, male, depressed, battling a debilitating disease, and had a history of substance abuse. Those are some of the major risk factors for suicide. Combine... Read more

Should your child use an activity tracker wristband?

Tuesday, August 19, 2014, 5:30 AM
Building off the popularity of activity trackers like Fitbit for adults, there’s now an armband available for 4 to 7-year-olds that acts as a physical activity monitor and virtual pet. It’s worn like a watch, and children earn points that unlock prizes and games for their virtual pet as... Read more

Teaching safety from the car seat to driver seat

Monday, August 18, 2014, 5:30 AM
Parents often wrestle with how to balance child safety and independence. On playgrounds, at schools, and in the office, they often ask me questions that start with, “At what age can I let my child go alone to…” or “My child wants to (fill in the blank) with his friends; is... 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.

If you have questions about your child's health, ask them here.

Anna Nguyen Healthy Kids blog Editor
Stephen Aronoff, M.D., M.B.A. Temple University Hospital
Peter Bidey, D.O. Medical Director of Family Medicine at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Christopher C. Chang, M.D., Ph.D Jefferson Medical College
Mario Cruz, M.D. St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, Drexel University College of Medicine
Katherine K. Dahlsgaard, Ph.D. Lead Psychologist - The Anxiety Behaviors Clinic, CHOP
Gary A. Emmett, M.D. Director of Hospital Pediatrics at TJU Hospital & Pediatrics Professor at Thomas Jefferson Univ.
Lauren Falini Bariatric exercise physiologist, Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children
Hazel Guinto-Ocampo, M.D. Nemours duPont Pediatrics/Bryn Mawr Hospital
Rima Himelstein, M.D. 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. Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
W. Douglas Tynan, Ph.D. Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, Jefferson Medical Colg
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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