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'Tiger moms' hurting themselves?

Wednesday, July 18, 2012, 4:38 PM
by Sari Harrar Helicopter moms and Tiger moms, here’s news: Practicing “intensive parenting” may be hazardous to your mental health. In a new study from the University of Mary Washington in Virginia, researchers found that women who practiced this style of child-raising... Read more

Beating the heat with hydrating foods

Monday, July 9, 2012, 12:33 PM
It’s hot out there, and it looks like this weather might stick around for a while. In these extreme temperatures, making sure your family stays well hydrated is critically important for everyone’s safety. Even if your kids aren’t playing back-to-back Little League games, their bodies... Read more

A health bonus for parents

Friday, July 6, 2012, 10:05 AM
Despite – or perhaps because of – the fact that little kids seem to catch every bug that zooms through the neighborhood, daycare and elementary school, parents are remarkably resistant to the common cold, a new Carnegie Mellon University study says. But parental super-immunity is about... Read more

Is Stress Messing with Healthy Meals at Your House?

Friday, June 29, 2012, 1:39 PM
Any busy parent could have written the conclusion to a new Temple University study on crazy-busy families and the food choice we make. Yes, we hit the drive through on the way from after-school care to softball practice. Yes, we collapsed into a booth at the nearest pizza parlor on Friday night because... Read more

Suddenly, breastfeeding is everywhere!

Monday, May 21, 2012, 4:01 PM
With the coverage we have given breastfeeding in this blog, we couldn’t not comment on the recent TIME magazine cover showing a mother nursing her 3-year-old son. The headline: Are You Mom Enough?”. The photo and article have generated lots of discussion, pro and con, about long-term... Read more

A parent's guide to rewards, bribes and extortion

Friday, May 18, 2012, 2:54 PM
by W. Douglas Tynan, Ph.D. Frequently as part of my practice I will recommend that a parent set up a reward system at home to increase desirable behaviors such as cleaning up a room, doing homework or getting ready for school on time. Inevitably, a parent will tell me that they do not want to bribe... Read more

How NOT to work out with your kid

Tuesday, May 1, 2012, 1:03 PM
Whether you’re logging mega-miles to get ready for the Broad Street Run on May 6 or are just hoping to save time and have a bonding experience by dragging your kids along on your next power walk, here’s news: Kids simply can’t work out the way adults do. I learned this the hard way... Read more

Breastfeeding: Why It’s a Public Health Issue

Wednesday, April 18, 2012, 1:08 PM
The American Academy of Pediatrics issued its latest white paper on breastfeeding last week. The most important quote, and for me an obvious statement, is that breastfeeding is a “public health issue and not (just) a lifestyle choice.” Breast feeding benefits public health by decreasing... Read more

A surprising answer to slimming down our kids

Wednesday, April 11, 2012, 11:25 AM
What if the real answer to the childhood obesity epidemic isn’t just diet and exercise? Two research studies done years and an ocean apart suggest that three family routines -- setting limits on TV, having family meals together and getting the kids to bed on time – could reduce kids’... Read more

The Importance of the “Look at Me” Moment

Thursday, April 5, 2012, 10:45 AM
How many times can a toddler say “Look at me!!!” in an hour? Parents of 2-, 3- and 4-year-olds know the right answer is dozens. And dozens. Now, a fascinating new study suggests that your response to this oft-repeated bid for attention can set the stage for better, more cooperative learning... Read more
About this blog
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 Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, Jefferson Medical Colg
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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