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August 22, 2014

Put Down Your Phone

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.

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August 19, 2014

Perfect Parenting 101

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.

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August 15, 2014

Viruses In the News

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.

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August 12, 2014

Are Video Games OK?

As we have been wrestling controllers out of the tight grips of our kids' hands, a new study says maybe a little bit of video gaming might be OK for them after all.

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August 8, 2014

A Teen Body Clock

Teens have their own weird body clocks. They often go from early risers to night owls as soon as those hormones kick in. So how much do we let nature win?

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August 5, 2014

Tablets for Tots

Toddlers happily play on parents' phones and little kids know how to swipe, double click, and even buy apps. It's a generation of high-tech kids -- which is both great and bad.

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August 1, 2014

July 29, 2014

Helicopter Parenting and Weight

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.

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July 25, 2014

Feeling Better With Food

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.

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July 22, 2014

Go Outside and Play

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.

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