Sunday, April 26, 2015

Parenting

Teens to their docs: Can we talk (confidentially)?

Tuesday, April 21, 2015, 5:30 AM
As an adolescent medicine doctor, I sometimes find myself caught between a rock and a hard place: in between my teenage patients and their parents. Despite trying to encourage them to talk openly with their parents, sometimes it’s just not gonna happen. And nine times out of ten, it has to do... Read more

Does your child still have difficulty swallowing pills?

Monday, April 20, 2015, 9:15 AM
The most popular post I have ever written for this blog detailed effective strategies for helping your child learn to swallow pills. I’m certain you’ve already read it. So how can it possibly be that your child still has difficulty swallowing pills? Don’t despair! So says an article... Read more

Should I get genetic testing for my child?

Thursday, April 16, 2015, 5:30 AM
A working pediatrician trying to get through a busy schedule and not keep his other restless little patients waiting for too long, often fears the “exit door question.” What is an “exit door question?” After the purpose of the appointment is over, and the patient says, “By... Read more

Guts or Instinct? When should you sleep train?

Tuesday, April 14, 2015, 5:30 AM
Today’s guest blogger is Meghan Walls, PsyD, a pediatric psychologist at Nemours/AI duPont Hospital for Children. The New York Times recently published this controversial article on how [and when] to sleep train your baby. In summary, one of the largest pediatric practices in New York City encourages... Read more

Why ‘free range parenting’ makes sense

Thursday, April 2, 2015, 5:30 AM
In the 1990s when my oldest was 10, we let our four children walk five blocks to school. All of our neighbors were amazed as they shook their heads at our “wanton” behavior, but we noticed they watched for the four little Emmetts and also added their children to the parade. We live in Center... Read more

Bridging the social media gap between parents and teens

Tuesday, March 31, 2015, 5:30 AM
This past fall, Marysville, Wash. high school freshman Jaylen Fryberg opened fire in the cafeteria, shooting five of his classmates before taking his own life. Prior to this tragedy, Jaylen’s Twitter posts had reflected a picture of a teen who felt rejected, angry, suicidal, and desperate. In... Read more

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
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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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