Tragedies in Children

In light of the recent school shooting in Florida or bombings in Austin, you may be left wondering if, and how, to explain this or other tragedies to your children.  Understand that kids sense your emotions even if you don’t tell them. Not telling them about an event may make them concerned that they are […]

When Your Child Can’t (or Won’t) Swallow the Pill

These genius tricks from parents like you will make the medicine go down (without a fight!). “My child found it easier to take his medication if it was served in applesauce.” —Elaine20 “My parents crushed my pills, mixed them with jelly, and put the jelly mixture on a spoon and shoveled it in my mouth. […]

National Nutrition Month

National Nutrition Month was started back in 1973, as a way to help Americans of all ages focus their attention on nutrition. The American Dietetics Association realized that with continued modernization and a busier lifestyle, we would need some reminders and eating healthy tips. With work, school, kids and home responsibilities, parents are really juggling […]

Child abuse

I’ve been cleaning my desk, clearing files of outdated medical information…here’s information on child abuse that is, sadly, not out of date… -In 1866 the Society for the prevention of cruelty to animals was created. Legislation to prevent cruelty to children wasn’t passed until 1974. -In 1999, child abuse was the number one cause of […]

Essential Oils

Some time ago, I sent out a message warning parents about gynecomastia (breast development) with the use of essential oils. Three healthy boys developed breasts after using the oils lavender and tea tree oil…fortunately, the condition reversed when they stopped using them. But the situation may be worse than we realized. Researchers from the National […]

Feeling tired? What are some things that are zapping your energy?

A long to-do list Ever heard of the Zeigarnik Effect? This psychological phenomenon explains why the multitude of undone to-dos on your long list taxes your mental energy by reminding you of everything else that you haven’t done. Try keeping 2 lists: an active/pertinent “to-do” list with things that need to get accomplished urgently. Then […]