Ava* is an active 10-year-old who plays the flute in her school’s band, competes in athletic programs, and loves spending time with her group of five close-knit friends. But daily life is a struggle for this fifth grader, who is haunted by debilitating worries about her personal safety, her health, and being alone. “She’s always […]
Category: Kid’s health & parenting
Dealing With Picky Eaters
Variety is the spice of life—unless you’re a toddler who demands dinosaur-shaped chicken nuggets and mac ’n’ cheese at every meal. Picky eating isn’t uncommon among youngsters, but that doesn’t make the issue any less frustrating for parents. Here are some ways you can make healthy foods more attractive to kiddos: Taste test. “Hey, […]
I have a confession to make. I’m addicted. Yes, you read that right. Let me explain. I don’t smoke, do drugs, or drink alcohol. Neither do I use opioids or painkillers. My addiction isn’t to any kind of substance that I ingest. My addiction is to a little three-inch by six-inch oblong-shaped box made of […]
How the Internet Is Changing Your Brain
When Google was founded in 1998, it processed 10,000 search queries per day. It now processes, on average, over 40,000 search queries every second. That is 3.5 billion searches per day. And those numbers don’t include all the searches people complete using other search engines. With instant access to each other and a world of […]
10 Ways to Improve Your Christmas
No matter how healthy we are the rest of the year, the holidays tend to sabotage our good habits. Social events and travel plans distract us from normal exercise routines, and the food—oh, the food!—undermines the wholesome eating patterns we might normally encourage for our families. But not all hope is lost: With a little […]
Is Your Child Ready for a Smartphone?
At what age should a child have their own smartphone?
How Video Games Affect a Child’s Brain and Behavior
Like many parents with tech-savvy kids, educator Donna Volpitta, Ed.D., tries to provide practical guidance around electronics with her family, which includes two daughters and two sons, ranging in ages from 10 to 16. When it comes to video games, Volpitta’s fifth grader is typical of many boys his age. If kids aren’t coming over […]
Mirror, Mirror on the Wall
Sad, but true: Most of us don’t like our own bodies. Among women, body dissatisfaction is epidemic. One study found that the percentage of American women who aren’t satisfied with their bodies could be as high as 91 percent. A growing number of studies show that it’s an issue for men too. One study put […]
How to Help a Depressed Teen
It’s hard to be a teenager. It’s even harder to be a teenager with depression. In recent years, teen depression has been rising at startling rates—and it’s something that needs our immediate attention. Here’s how you can help the teenagers in your life.
A Doctor’s Prescription for Keeping Kids Well
Two-year-old Susie is always sick. At least that’s how it feels to her mother. In just four months, Susie had been to my office seven times for various symptoms: runny nose, fever, an occasional ear infection, and diarrhea—and a cough and congestion that lingers for weeks each time it shows up. Susie had been out […]