Saturday, December 20, 2014

Parenting

Talking to kids about race: Tackling tough questions from Ferguson and Staten Island

Thursday, December 18, 2014, 5:30 AM
Today's guest blogger is Roger Harrison, PhD, a pediatric psychologist with Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children. He see patients in both the hospital and Nemours primary care settings. Among his special interests are conduct issues, ADHD and learning problems. Last week, we explored... Read more

Why wearing a bulky winter coat in a car seat can be dangerous

Tuesday, December 16, 2014, 5:30 AM
While it hasn’t been terribly cold this winter (so far), my girls have gotten some use out of their puffy winter coats. With our chilly winter mornings, I’ve been putting them in their car seats with their coats, which led to me slightly loosen up their straps a little bit to make them... Read more

Tips for talking about race with your kids

Thursday, December 11, 2014, 5:30 AM
Today's guest blogger is Roger Harrison, PhD, a pediatric psychologist with Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children. He see patients in both the hospital and Nemours primary care settings. Among his special interests are conduct issues, ADHD and learning problems. The face of America is... Read more

'Mama, don’t let your babies grow up to be cowboys,' but encourage your girl babies to be engineers

Tuesday, December 9, 2014, 5:30 AM
I was so excited to hear about the new action figures and toys that are on the market that appeal to the hidden engineer/inventor/scientist in our daughters. You have GoldieBlox, Superstruct Pinklets, pink Mega Bloks, Roominate, and there’s a robot- themed Lottie doll with a robot accessory! As... Read more

What lessons can I teach my child during the holidays?

Monday, December 8, 2014, 5:30 AM
It’s holiday time again, a season ripe with opportunities to promote brain development and build independent skills in kids. What? I know, it seems a little extreme, but it’s true! The opportunities are endless. You could help build your child’s frontal lobe development by practicing... Read more

Help! My child doesn't want to give up the pacifier

Wednesday, December 3, 2014, 5:30 AM
Today's guest blogger is Edward Moody, DDS, a pediatric dentist in Morristown, Tennessee and President of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. A version of this article appeared on the AAPD website. Many parents are thankful for the invention of pacifiers that can help calm and soothe fussy... Read more

Sex play between kids: What's normal?

Tuesday, December 2, 2014, 5:30 AM
For more than a century, developmental psychologists have been studying how and why children play. One of the most widely accepted schools of thought describes children progressing through three stages of play: solitary, or playing by themselves; parallel, or playing near other children, but not necessarily... Read more

The power of effective praise

Tuesday, November 25, 2014, 5:30 AM
A fellow Healthy Kids Blogger has already written an excellent post on the difference between parental rewards, bribes, and extortion to modify child behavior, so I will focus my post today on a very particular type of reward that is like catnip for kids: labeled praise. Also known as “effective... Read more

Parents: Don't get desensitized to sex and violence in movies

Wednesday, November 12, 2014, 5:30 AM
Movies these days show more sex and violence than ever. As a result, children are exposed to sex and violence at younger ages and in larger amounts. But what is more concerning is that parents may be part of the problem. Parents are becoming desensitized to sex and violence in movies, according to... Read more

Hazing: More common than you think

Tuesday, November 11, 2014, 5:30 AM
I must admit, hazing has me puzzled. I know what hazing is: it’s a humiliating or dangerous activity that is expected of a student who wants to belong to a group. I also know that recently three local high school sports teams — two in Pennsylvania and one in New Jersey — have made... 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.
Mario Cruz, M.D. Pediatrician, Associate Director of Pediatric Residency Program at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children
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
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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