Catholic Pediatrics Blog

How TVs can kill kids. Hint: it’s not the content

High resolution image interior. 3d illustration modern interior. The plasma TV.TVs that are unstably mounted often fall on industrious toddlers trying to reach them.

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How much screen time is OK for kids? New guidelines on children and media use from the American Academy of Pediatrics

For years pediatricians have said that kids shouldn’t have more than 2 hours per day of recreational screen time, and children under age 2 should not have any screen time.

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The Medical Benefits of Family Dinner: Five ways eating together keeps kids healthy

Eating at least three family meals together each week is associated with healthier kids, according to a study published in the medical journal Pediatrics. This was a large meta-analysis of more than 180,000 children, a well-designed study for those of us that like science and data.

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5 reasons why eating family meals keeps your kids healthy and the medical research behind it all

Eating at least 3 family meals together each week is associated with healthier kids, according to a

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Kids and the Flu Shot: 11 Things Every Parent Needs to Know about the 2015-2016 Influenza Vaccine

Little girl blows her noseThe 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:

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Kids and the Flu Shot: 11 Things Every Parent Needs to Know about the 2015-2016 Influenza Vaccine

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:

 

  1. The flu vaccine is essential for children:

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15 Tips to Survive the Terrible 3’s

Time-outThey call them the “terrible 2’s,” “trusting 3’s” and “pleasing 4’s,” but in reality having a 3-year-old can be harder than the 2’s.  If you’re starting to feel like you just don’t really like taking care of your 3-year-old, you are not alone.  Here are 15 tips to help you learn to love parenthood again (or at least make it through the day):

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When do kids start drinking alcohol?

Most parents don’t realize how much their children drink– research shows that only 10 percent of parents think their teens drink, yet 52 percent of teens admit to drinking alcohol. But parents admit that other peoples’ kids drink—the same study showed that parents estimated that 60 percent of 10th graders drink.

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A New Vision of Technology and Our Youth

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...

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Why 1:1 Is Not the Answer: Taking a Closer Look at Technology in the Schools

In the educational climate of today, nothing is perceived as more progressive than finding ways to digitalize everything students are doing.

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