Guest Posts

    Our invited Guest Bloggers share their Perspective on children's health and parenting. Their view point may be different than Dr. Greene's, but each guest has a valuable view point. Well worth reading!

    By: Allie Gleason July 5, 2015 1 Comments
    Teens with Asperger Syndrome: How Swimming Changed One Teen’s Life

    A few years ago, I was like many other teens with Asperger Syndrome. I didn’t have many friends and struggled to fit in at school. As a result, I kept mostly to myself. For fun, I’d have my mom t…

    Young boy holding a tablet and smiling. Screentime for kids.
    By: Linsly Donnelly June 24, 2015 0 Comments
    Why I say YES to Screentime for Kids

      I used to love looking over and finding one of my three kids with their nose in a book. It feels like the ultimate parenting win: look at my kid calmly learning something over there, all by him…

    By: Neal Barnard MD June 15, 2015 2 Comments
    Heart Disease Begins in Childhood

    As parents, we go to extreme measures to keep our kids safe. We apply sunscreen, buckle them into car seats, and make sure they’re wearing helmets when riding a bike or playing sports. But what…

    Tired teenage girl trying to study illustrating how tough it is for a teenager with a chronic disease.
    By: Morgan Gleason June 10, 2015 1 Comments
    Being a Teenager with a Chronic Disease

    When you are a teenager, there is a lot of change happening to you and around you. High school has a lot of drama and stress that takes a toll on the body. Of course, schoolwork isn’t the only stres…

    Little girl brushing her teeth in preparation for a child's first dentist visit.
    By: Mark Burhenne DDS June 4, 2015 24 Comments
    What’s the Best Age for My Child’s First Dentist Visit?

    Just when you think you’ve finally gotten the hang of this parenting thing, and your baby is finally sleeping through the night, that first little tooth erupts. What now? While it might seem ear…

    Happy family enjoying dinner together with smiling boy
    By: Anne Fishel PhD May 31, 2015 1 Comments
    You Can Hate to Cook and Still Love Family Dinner

    Of course, it’s food that gets everyone to the table, but isn’t it the conversation and the stories that keeps us there? The many documented benefits of family dinners — lower rates of depre…

    Boy in the street with injury screaming after falling off to his bicycle
    By: Mark Burhenne DDS May 28, 2015 0 Comments
    What to Do When Your Child’s Tooth Gets Knocked Out

    It’s traumatizing for a parent: your child comes running to you, blood streaming from their mouth, after having fallen off their bike. My wife loves to tell the story of when she fell off her bi…

    Toddler with tousled hair sleeping in a bed
    By: Andy Rink MD May 26, 2015 3 Comments
    How to Stop Night Terrors Now!

    Night terrors can be terrible for children and their parents, but the good news for parents is that options do exist to stop night terrors! However, before these are explored, parents must decide whet…

    Young girl riding her bicycle in the living room of a home in the process of being rennovated.
    By: Keri Bailey CPNP May 22, 2015 1 Comments
    Creative Parenting while Renovating

    Starting a renovation can evoke an array of unsettled feelings – where in the world will we put our stuff, how will we manage without a kitchen sink, will my kids ever nap, and how do I ensure t…

    Mother and toddler age daughter brushing each other's teeth.
    By: Mark Burhenne DDS May 20, 2015 14 Comments
    8 Struggle-Free Tips to Brush Your Child’s Teeth

    What is it about brushing before bed that makes kids totally hyper? Our kids would suddenly start bouncing off the walls when it was time to brush their teeth. One of our daughters even used to flat-o…

    Black boy and girl eating dinner with their father.
    By: Anne Fishel PhD May 18, 2015 1 Comments
    Science Tells Us: Family dinners are great for body, brain, and spirit

    I think I might go out of business as a family therapist if families had regular dinners with each other. Almost 100 scientific studies, over the past 20 years, back up this speculation. Sitting down …

    Baby drinking milk out of a sippy cup
    By: Mark Burhenne DDS May 11, 2015 17 Comments
    The Surprising Reason Sippy Cups Can Hurt Your Toddler

      When I was a volunteer dentist in Africa, I was amazed at all the beautiful teeth I was seeing. Children who had never been to the dentist before had textbook-perfect straight teeth, perfectly …

    Mother and adult daughter, smiling together.
    By: Rebekah Lyle May 7, 2015 3 Comments
    A Mother’s Legacy

    Another Bittersweet Mother’s Day It’s that time again…Mother’s Day and while I am thrilled to spend it celebrating with my two little boys, there is always a tremendous feeling of emptiness I …

    Canisters of colorful candy on a buffet table.
    By: Beth Ziesenis May 4, 2015 6 Comments
    Mom’s Memorial: A Letterman Top Ten List & Lovely Parting Gifts

    The memorials I’ve attended have been very solemn occasions. We all wore black. We comforted each other in hushed tones. We cried. We hugged. And after we mourned the life of the person we’…

    Hamster running in a wheel.
    By: David Ryan Polgar May 1, 2015 0 Comments
    Overplugged: Tech Balance Is About Living Life Deeply

    We tend to think of tech balance as a minor issue in the grand scheme of things. What we may be overlooking is that tech balance has a tremendous impact on how we view the world, relate with others, a…

    Glass cookie jars, filled with cookies.
    By: David Ryan Polgar April 24, 2015 0 Comments
    Overplugged: Relying On Willpower for Tech Balance May Be a Mistake

    Achieving tech balance is far easier in theory than in reality. A major stumbling block in our pursuit to have a tech balanced family is our unshakeable belief in willpower, and the notion that the so…

    Several photos of the same young man, all with different expressions.
    By: Sherrie Campbell April 13, 2015 0 Comments
    Preventing Teen Suicide & One Sad Fact

    Suicide is the third leading cause of death among youth between 10 and 19 years of age. However, suicide is preventable in some cases. Let’s talk about how you can prevent teen suicide. Teenager…

    Young man on public transportation holding on to a rail with one hand and texting with the other.
    By: David Ryan Polgar April 10, 2015 0 Comments
    Overplugged: By Killing Boredom You Could Be Killing Creativity

    Boredom gets a bad name these days. For a child to say, “I’m bored” is often seen as a symptom of poor planning, as opposed to being viewed as natural occurrence. Instead of embracing boredom as…

    Graphic of a brain with symbols for activities such as home, share, computer, shopping, etc.
    By: David Ryan Polgar April 8, 2015 0 Comments
    Overplugged: Can a Mental Food Plate Give Us Better Perspective?

    The food plate offers us a simple yet powerful visual to conceive of our daily consumption. Instead of viewing every dietary action by itself, we are thinking of each food item as part of a whole. The…

    Now famous photo of guy texting while a whale swims by. Photo by Eric J Smith.
    By: David Ryan Polgar April 6, 2015 0 Comments
    Is Your Family Overplugged? Time for Tech Balance

    The man, oblivious to the majestic whale, is busy texting. Houston, we have a problem. Somewhere along the line we have gone from being attached to our tech to being detached from life. Instead of mer…