Category Archives: Handouts

Aggression & Young Children: Tips for Parents

Kids can be aggressive. Especially early on when they are learning to self-regulate and control their strong emotions, such as frustration. Sometimes kids don’t think before they do…they just do. It is especially important as caregivers to step in, defuse the situation and help the child regain control. However, aggression can also be a signal of other things, such as depression, trauma, poor impulse control or conduct disorders. Aggression in young children is often a concern in the early preschool

Kids & Oral Health–Guest Blog & Infographic

Since my blog was started in January 2016, I have tried to stay true to my quest to provide simple and clear blog posts related to kids’ health. When I first launched this blog, I did not know quite what I was getting into…but since then, I have heard from friends and colleagues who have enjoyed the posts. I have seen others share blog posts.  For each comment, like, read and share on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter, I am truly grateful. A

The Angst around Medications for ADHD

Parents often worry about the need to start medications if their child is diagnosed with ADHD. It can be a stressful time, weighing the pros and cons. Caregivers can experience a host of emotions and thoughts. When is the right time to start medications?  Is there a “right time”? Does this mean my child will be on medications forever? Was there something I could have done to prevent this? What did I do wrong? RELATED: Parental Angst Making and Revisiting Decisions about

Navigating the iWorld with your kids…one app at a time

I am preparing to give a talk at an upcoming pediatrics conference in October about social media and children. There is definitely a growing body of general guidance to pediatricians that suggests we talk to families about: Limiting TV to less than 2 hours a day for children and no TV for kids under 2 years of age Have discussions about social media and set limits Monitor kids’ usage and keep computers in public spaces Keep kids’ smart phones/cell phones out of bedrooms

How to Partner with your Child’s Teacher

When kids are struggling, either with academics or socially, parents often need to partner with their child’s teacher/daycare provider to understand the facts. Parents will also need to enlist their help as they move forward to uncover the cause of the challenges. It is important to know that as parents, YOU are your child’s best advocate and are always welcome at the table. When parents say that they have gotten calls, notes or have had in-person meetings with their child’s teacher,

Troubleshooting Praise

One of my previous posts, I highlighted an underused but very important positive parenting strategy, PRAISE (see post, Praise, the undervalued positive parenting tool). These “tools” always sound easy to do but then life gets in the way. Our emotions and daily stresses can compromise our success in using these tools with our children. It happens. When counseling families on the importance of any of these positive parenting tools, it is always helpful to breakdown the steps to doing it

Troubleshooting Time-In

  Let’s face it, when do parents often run into problems with their kids? When they are bored, tired or when mom is busy making dinner, on the phone or yes, even taking a few minutes to use the bathroom…We have all been there! It’s not unusual for parents to feel like they already are spending a lot of time with their children. We must make sure basic needs are met. So how come when we try to step away

Tips on How to Talk with Kids about Guns

After talking with a few parents & colleagues about my last post: “Kids and Guns: It’s about Child Safety” it became clear that a follow up post was needed.  While playdate cards help parents talk to other parents, what resources are there to help non-gun owning families talk to children about guns? S0, how do you start the conversation with your child if you live in a gun-free home?  When should you bring it up?  Will talking make a child curious? Yes. Children are

Guns & Kids: It’s about Child Safety

One of the first issues I became passionate about was keeping kids safe from guns. Why? While I was a pediatric resident in San Diego, the school shootings at Santee, California occurred. This was just two years after the horrific events at Columbine. I saw kids coming to clinic, with non-specific complaints and in the end, not wanting to go to school. Parents had questions about how to best handle their kids’ (and their own) fears. Why did this happen? How could

Helping kids with ADHD talk about “My Today”

When families face chronic diseases, it is especially important to encourage their active participation with the medical team. This is the hallmark of the “chronic care model,” which encourages medical providers and the patient/family to work together. Chronic diseases often require lifestyle and behavior change to maximize outcomes. This is especially true in pediatrics and behavioral conditions. Published clinical care guidelines for all pediatric behavioral/mental health conditions (such as ADHD) highlight parent training and behavioral interventions as “first line” treatments. Part of what we