Monday, March 30, 2015

Parenting

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

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

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

5 ways to teach social-emotional learning

Thursday, March 12, 2015, 5:30 AM
Last week, I talked about the importance of giving kids time to play to promote social-emotional learning – this includes a child’s ability to understand the thoughts and feelings of himself and others, and to use that knowledge to practice skills necessary for appropriately interacting... Read more

Top 3 signs that your teenager may be depressed

Wednesday, March 11, 2015, 9:53 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. The Main Line was devastated to learn that 13-year-old Cayman Naib’s body was found on Sunday. From a distance, one could presume that Cayman led... Read more

Can online 'brain training' programs help my child?

Monday, February 16, 2015, 5:30 AM
As we discover more information about the brain than we have ever known before, scientists and software engineers have come together to create a variety of brain training games on the computer. In general, there are two types: those that claim to make actual brain-based changes and those that focus... Read more

Who's the most stressed in America?

Wednesday, February 11, 2015, 5:30 AM
Overall stress and its related illnesses were lower for the nation as a whole in 2014, according to the American Psychological Association’s annual Stress in America report. That’s the good news. The bad news? Parents, younger generations, and those living in lower-income households report... Read more

The dangers of 'pharming parties'

Thursday, January 29, 2015, 5:30 AM
Many parents aren’t aware of the dangers of “pharming” parties and fail to talk to their teens about the dangers of abusing prescription drugs, according to a recent review article in the journal Contemporary Pediatrics. While teens abusing prescription drugs is not a new problem... Read more

Helping kids cope when a parent is injured

Monday, January 12, 2015, 5:30 AM
Although we still have much to discover about how families respond to injury and trauma, as a pediatrician and mother I know that members of the same family can have very different reactions when a parent is injured. Whether it’s a broken leg caused by a motor vehicle crash or a back injury from... 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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