I used to believe we should leave medicine to the doctors and faith to the Church. I didn’t really understand that my pediatrician would become a personal mentor for me as I navigated parenthood. I didn’t really consider that my pediatrician would become a private confidant of my children, discussing sensitive issues behind closed doors.
It’s true, I had naked people all over the big-screen TV in my living room. I was trying to show a YouTube science video when I accidently pulled up a soft porn video. Flustered, I rushed to turn off the TV while my kids cackled in laughter. I tried to pretend it wasn’t a big deal, but my kids couldn’t stop laughing and I couldn’t hide my distress. My oldest was 10 at the time, and I knew he would never forget it.
In 1963, Lyman Wynne and Margaret Singer introduced the concept of communication deviance (CD) to describe fragmented patterns of interaction that were characterized by vagueness, interrupting, lack of closure, and irrelevant comments. CD frequently occurs when actions, words, and nonverbal cues regularly contradict each other and are not conducive to direct, clear communication. As the decades persisted, research increasingly indicated that youth who grew up in fam
The flu season is here and I have started to see positive influenza testing. It’s time to get flu shots for your family before your house is full of fevers and dripping noses. Here are 11 things you need to know about the 2015-2016 influenza vaccine:
Over the past three years, I have written a lot about the issues of media/technology and our youth of today. Much of it is available on my Just Thinking site, and I encourage you to check out the articles/series that I have published about various topics, some of which include much more specific recommendations regarding how to address media/technology concerns. Through all of this, though, I realize that some people often look at recommendations such as mine from a restrictive standpoint, in much of the same way we might view health advice or religious beliefs. For this (and many other reasons), it is understandable that we would feel worn down by advice that does not naturally coalesce with how we and others might be living today. But beyond the perception of rules and restraint, there is another vision for media/technology and our youth that is aspirational. - See more at: http://www.catholicpediatrics.com/articles/new-vision-technology-and-our...
There comes a certain age when our kids start to smell and sweat like teens. For most adolescents, this is a temporary phase that will improve with age. A few will struggle with hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating) and osmidrosis (foul-smelling sweat) for their whole lives. Don’t worry-- with just a few tricks and the right antiperspirant, you can help your child control that sweaty smell all day long.
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