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  • If we dont listen to our kids when they ask nicely

    If we don’t listen to our kids when they ask nicely, aren’t we teaching them to scream if they want to be heard?

    In every endeavor I try to pause and, instead of just experiencing it, I ask myself what can I learn from this. I’ve always done this, but since becoming a blogger I find myself asking, “Is this a bloggable moment? Is there something here worth sharing?” I knew when I left for the Philippines to […] Read full story

  • Child with cleft lip and big eyes

    Have you ever had one of those bolt of lightning moments of awareness?

    Have you ever had one of those bolt of lightning moments of awareness knowing exactly where you belong, while simultaneously realizing it’s never going to happen. That’s how I felt the first time I heard about Doctors Without Borders. That was me. I wanted to be those people, to work to end suffering for people […] Read full story

  • Young Boy plays with a toy truck after having surgery

    Meet Gustavo

    People have asked what traveling with Operation Smile has been like. The best way I’ve found to explain the impact it has on my life is to share the impact that Operation Smile has had on the lives of a few of the people they serve. Meet Gustavo. He’s a happy, lovable, eleven year old. He loves hot wheel […] Read full story

  • Female doctor examining a teenage girl

    How to Prepare Your Daughter for Her First Visit to the Gynecologist

    No one is excited for their visit to the gynecologist, whether it’s your first or your fiftieth. A trip to the gynecologist, while never anyone’s idea of a fun afternoon, should also not be a traumatic or scary appointment. A big key to helping girls feel more comfortable with the idea of their first visit is […] Read full story

  • Three teenage girls at a spa with cucumbers on their eyes

    Want to Boost Your Daughter’s Body Image? Some Helpful Resources

    Parents often ask me how they can help their girls develop healthy self-images. In a media-driven society that sexualizes young women, values beauty above all else, and glorifies virtually unattainable appearances, building body confidence in our young people can feel impossible. However, despite the negative societal forces acting on our girls, we have the power […] Read full story

  • Five teenage girls take a selfie

    5 Tips to Help Teen Girls Deal with Today’s “Compare and Despair” Mentality

    In a culture in which mass media promotes doctored and unrealistic images of beauty, girl-against-girl bullying is prevalent, and social media encourages a “compare and despair” mentality, how can we protect and promote our girls’ self-confidence? How can we combat the negative social influences acting on the next generation? True confidence can come from adopting […] Read full story

  • Two girls look at cell phone and gosip

    A New Study’s Surprising Revelations About Sexting

    If you have a teenage daughter, you’ve probably read some articles, had some back-to-school-night discussions, or talked with fellow parents about the uneasy topic of sexting. In an age where the Internet “never forgets” and media-savvy universities and potential employers turn their eyes to Google in vetting applicants, girls can jeopardize their futures in a […] Read full story

  • Three teenage girls typing on smartphones at a tennis court

    4 Ways Media Can Enrich Your Daughter’s Life

    We’re accustomed to critiquing the media, especially when it comes to adolescent girls. We can point to it as a cause of low self-esteem and poor body image. We can lament the fact that ever-present smartphones, tablets, and laptops distract young women from the kinds of in-person interactions we know form the foundation for life’s […] Read full story

  • Toddler with a stick getting ready to hit something

    Behavior Modification and ADHD

    What Behaviors to Change Children with ADHD will use many undesirable behaviors throughout the day. It’s best to start working on eliminating one behavior at a time, rather than all at once. Unsafe behaviors should be addressed first, before other behaviors such as not following directions, whining, etc. Safety-Breaks A safety-break is essentially a “time-out.” […] Read full story

  • Is the Toddler Displaying Normal

    Is My Toddler Displaying Normal Temperament, ADHD, or Another Mental Health Condition?

    Normal (Neurotypical) Toddlers The most common misdiagnosis of ADHD is actually due to normal temperament.  At times, all toddlers will demonstrate behaviors associated with ADHD- irritability, aggression, hyperactivity, impulsivity, and inattention. For example, a two-year-old child should only be able to hold attention to an activity for three to six minutes- not fifteen! A three-year-old […] Read full story