Sunday, July 5, 2015

Parenting

When can my child stay home alone?

Thursday, July 2, 2015, 5:30 AM
With school out for the summer and the kids home, you’ll probably find yourself faced with the tough job of deciding if they’re old enough to be left alone. A generation ago this wasn’t such a big deal. Relatives lived close by and if they couldn’t help out, there was always... Read more

Are tampons safe for teenagers?

Wednesday, July 1, 2015, 5:30 AM
A girl’s first menstrual period is a big deal. This usually occurs between ages 12 and 13, but it can happen as early as 9. Whether she calls it her “period,” her “time of the month” or (my daughter’s personal favorite) her “you know what,” she must pay... Read more

What Inside Out can teach parents

Thursday, June 25, 2015, 5:30 AM
Warning: This review contains mild spoilers Inside Out, the masterful new Pixar movie, is aimed at kids – but has a lot to teach parents. The movie focuses on 11-year-old Riley, or rather on the workings of her mind, where the personified emotions Joy, Sadness, Fear, Anger, and Disgust work... Read more

Chlamydia: A pop quiz for parents

Tuesday, June 16, 2015, 5:30 AM
Recently, I heard about a chlamydia scare in a Texas High School. It got me thinking...parents should be teaching their children about chlamydia. It got me thinking a little bit more…parents should know at least a little about chlamydia before teaching their children. Then it got me thinking... Read more

How can I teach my child to be more responsible?

Wednesday, June 10, 2015, 5:30 AM
Responsibility is about teaching your children to be accountable and follow through. To do this, you actually need to help your child become “response-able,” especially when thinking about responsibility from a brain-based perspective. You see, when children follow through with a commitment... Read more

How can I make my 'home climate' more positive?

Thursday, June 4, 2015, 5:30 AM
What is the climate in your home? Not if it’s hot or cold, but rather its overall “feel.” Do the people in your home feel respected and empowered to communicate openly? Is the environment positive, warm and welcoming? Is it a climate built on empathy? Researchers have been studying... Read more

For a child's development: Parent interactions trump devices

Wednesday, June 3, 2015, 5:30 AM
Today’s guest blogger is Judith L. Page, PhD, CCC-SLP, the 2015 president of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. She is associate professor in the Division of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Kentucky. Sixty-eight percent of parents of two-year olds report... Read more

A mantra to keep your family vacation sane

Monday, June 1, 2015, 8:41 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 parents, we have limited days in which to travel. We plan our trips in advance, we save our money and we go into vacations with very high expectations... Read more

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
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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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