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  • Single package of Smarties Candy sitting on an empty school desk.

    Back to School Sticky Situation #1: Candy Rewards at School

      What will you do if your child comes home and tells you her teacher is using candy as a reward?  This was one of the first sticky situations I encountered when my oldest started school.  With a family history of diabetes it was important to teach her healthy habits from a young age to […] Read full story

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    Solutions for Sticky Back to School Situations

      Hard to believe it’s time for another back to school post.  Last year I wrote about my top five tips for a healthy start to the school year. I recommended parents: 1)     Get familiar with the school and district wellness policies 2)    Shift away from using food as a reward and taking away physical […] Read full story

  • Two kids sitting on a sofa playing with an iPad

    11 Best Educational Apps & Web Sites for Kids

      Most pediatricians agree that a little bit of screen time each day is okay for kids.  According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, children over 2 should be limited to 2 hours of “recreational screen time” per day.  In our house, we try to limit recreational screen time to one hour per day, but […] Read full story

  • Mother and newborn sleeping in a hospital bed with skin-to-skin contact

    11 Medical Decisions to Make for Your Baby Before Delivery (or someone else will make them for you)

      In the first few hours of your baby’s life you will need to make 11 medical decisions for your tiny new person, or someone else will make them for you.  I’ve attended deliveries for more than a decade at five different hospitals, and it’s shocking how few mothers are able to make educated decisions […] Read full story

  • Newborn on mother's chest just after delivery. Ob in the background.

    Better Births, Less Anemia: Delayed Cord Clamping Made Easy

      Waiting just 1-2 minutes after birth before cutting your baby’s umbilical cord can protect her from anemia, yet most obstetricians don’t do it.  I know why … I’m a hospital based pediatrician and I attend deliveries regularly.  Practicing “delayed cord clamping,” as this procedure is called, means that the OB has to hold the […] Read full story

  • Smiling, blue-eyed baby crawling on a hardwood floor.

    Great News: A Dirty Home May Be a Healthy Home

        St. Louis Children’s Hospital and Washington University contributed to a mutli-city study that revealed that children who, during their first year of life, lived in homes with bacteria and allergens from cat, mouse, and cockroaches have a lower risk of developing asthma and allergies. Great news for families with less-than-spotless homes It turns […] Read full story

  • Salt and Pepper Shakers on a beautiful table.

    Iodine Supplements? Yes! New Recommendations for Pregnant and Breastfeeding Women

      I’ve been throwing down prenatal vitamins every morning for more than a decade, so I was shocked to realize that I’m deficient in iodine, a nutrient essential for thyroid function and brain development.  I’m not alone, almost a third of pregnant women in the United States don’t get enough iodine in their diet, and […] Read full story

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    Fun Ideas for After School Play!

    Older kids shouldn’t be left out of play.  In fact, one of the benefits of having older children is that they often like to play the same things I do!  We love a good, competitive board game or a rousing 4-Square championship on the driveway. Elementary activities mirror some of my favorite ways to pass the […] Read full story

  • Child playing with play dough molding shapes

    Awesome Kindergarten Play Ideas

    Kindergartners are so grown up, but are always game for playing.  They love it when their play resembles things that they see older kids or adults doing. What makes Kindergarten activities even more fun is that many participants have a healthy dose of imagination which elevates simple play into a whole new world.  Toilet paper rolls become […] Read full story

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    Playful Activities for Preschoolers

    Preschool is all about learning through play.  The learning activities aren’t just about school skills, but also life skills.  These same playful learning ideas can be used at home. Finding activities for preschoolers is easier when you think about any activity as a simple game that may or may not have traditional rules!  At this age, kids […] Read full story