In a recent study, researchers watched caregivers and children at fast-food restaurants. Of 55 caregivers -- mostly parents, we guess -- 40 used mobile devices. The researchers said that they were more engaged with their phones and tablets than they were with their kids.
The other night at a cookout, I heard a teen boy list all the ways he was going to parent differently, like never yelling and letting his children always make their own decisions.
The parents in the group laughed and wished him luck with that.
Ebola is in the news everywhere these days. As a pediatrician, I’ve been hearing questions from concerned parents. Honestly, I’m more worried about the common infections that our kids will be exposed to when they go back to school this month.
Today I decided to turn off Katy Perry and just listen to what was being said in the back seat. I learned a lot about my kids. From video games to the bully at school, online dating, and even gay marriage -- they had plenty to say.
Do you hover? A new study shows a link between helicopter parenting and overweight kids. It's a lot different from when most of us were young. Our parents sent us outside to play and we walked (10 miles in the snow!) to school. All that fresh air and moving around was good for us.
Last week, my son was having one of those days. He was overwhelmed with his summer job and his summer schoolwork, and was in a really cranky mood. Wanting to make it all better, I was about to offer him some ice cream or a cookie. Then I remembered what a bad idea that was.
When I was little, my mom was constantly trying to get me to go outside. I always had my head buried in a book. Unfortunately, my son inherited my indoors gene. So between the two of us, we need to push ourselves out the door.