Tuesday, December 1, 2015


A wakeup call: Do you know what your child learns online?

Thursday, October 1, 2015, 5:30 AM
In the 14 years since Michael Bradley, Ed.D., published his bestseller, Yes Your Teen is Crazy, a lot has changed – especially when it comes to our kids and technology. In that short time, the world moved headfirst from the pre-digital period into the vast world of the Internet and social media... Read more

Mutual consent laws – can we legislate intimate conversations?

Wednesday, July 22, 2015, 5:30 AM
Consent for sex is in the news these days – from Bill Cosby’s acknowledgment to using drugs which removed partners’ capability to consent, to mutual consent state laws and campus policies – there is a lot of buzz on this topic and that’s a good thing. The buzz is turning... Read more

Duggar family scandal: How to prevent sex abuse in your family

Tuesday, June 30, 2015, 5:30 AM
Josh Duggar grew up in a strict Christian household. His father, Jim Bob Duggar, was a former Arkansas state representative who in 2002 said that rape and incest merited the death penalty and the family became TV stars for nearly seven years on a cable show that focused on their devout life. They... 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

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

Fifty Shades of Grey is coming – are you ready?

Thursday, February 12, 2015, 5:30 AM
Love it or hate it, a movie glorifying some of the darker sides of sexual behaviors between consenting adults is coming to a theater near you. What’s near you is near your kids, so get ready to take advantage of this teachable moment. If you don’t know the theme of this best-selling trilogy... Read more

Privacy? Yes! Secrets? No!

Wednesday, January 7, 2015, 5:30 AM
If you’ve just spent the holidays with a house full of company or crammed into an airport waiting area, privacy probably seemed like a distant fantasy. If you managed to surprise someone with the gift of their dreams, keeping secrets may seem like a great idea. There’s a time and place... 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

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

Sex education in school: What will your child learn?

Monday, October 13, 2014, 5:30 AM
You’ve seen the new text books, met you kids’ teachers, been lectured on the new Common Core standards, and probably have a sense of what your kids will be learning about math, science, history and literature this year. But here’s an equally important question to consider: What will... 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. 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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