31
Jul

Body Affirmation

Body Affirmation

Body Affirmation

30
Jul

A Silly Song and Dance for a Kid's Smile

Yesterday, I had the funniest experience during a physical exam. The 10 yr old thought he was going to receive shots.  Good news was he didn't need any.  Bad news was he didn't believe me. I literally told him five times in different ways that he wasn't getting shots. Yet, he still didn't believe me.

So, finally, I asked him, "What do I have to do, to make you believe me? Do I have to sing & dance?"  He silently stared at me.  So, I did.  I sang, "There are no shots today" and topped it off with my hands up high for the finale.  Guess what?  He smiled.  He believed me.  Then, he said, "You mean I worried all that ... for nothing?  We all laughed a lot with that comment.

Sometimes, it takes a silly song & dance to do the trick.  I am so happy that I made him happy 🙂 That's one of the perks of being a pediatrician ... You can be a kid, be silly, get away with it, and even win a kid over.  Awesome!

30
Jul

Breathing Affirmation

Breathing Affirmation

Breathing Affirmation

29
Jul

Open Door Affirmation

Open Door Affirmation

Open Door Affirmation

26
Jul

Thoughts Affirmation

Thoughts Affirmation

Thoughts Affirmation

25
Jul

Strong Mind Affirmation

Strong Mind Affirmation

Strong Mind Affirmation

24
Jul

Feelings Affirmation

Feelings Affirmation

Feelings Affirmation

24
Jul

Teen Mistakes | Sexting Bullying

Anthony Weiner is in the news again.  Apparently, more photos and conversations from his sexting, sex chatting days have surfaced.  I'm sure this isn't a shock to may people.  While learning about the latest developments, I began to wonder if parents understand that Mr. Weiner represents an ongoing problem among teens.  

Sexting is on the rise among our teens.  What's worse is now that social media is everywhere, it is also used as a bullying tool.  All it takes is a young girl/boy take a naked picture of her/himself.  Then, she sends it to someone she's presumably interested in.  Before you know it, that photo goes viral.  Or someone uses it a blackmail.  

This is becoming more common, especially since so many teenagers now have cell phones.  Imagine your daughter or son's naked picture appearing on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and elsewhere.  How do you combat that? Teens have become suicidal over this.  What makes it worse, is that your teen is unlikely to share the problem with you due to their mortification. There have been several cases of sexting bullying in the media.  Jessica Logan was 18 years old when she committed suicide related to sexting bullying in 2008. http://on.today.com/139ZVbb. Hope Witsell was a 13 year old girl who did the same in 2009.  http://on.today.com/14HqPxr
It's important to have open communication with your teen about the dangers of sexting and sex chats.  Prevention is key.  Remember, even if your teen isn't doing this, and hopefully they are not, it is likely they know someone who is sexting.  What if it's one of their friends?  We encourage our teens to share with us if their friends are having problems such as depression.  We need to add sexting to the list.
So when is the best time to have this conversation?  Before your teen has a phone is the time to start.  Start by explaining what the responsibility of a cell phone entails.  A great way to start is simply by asking your teen, "Do you know what sexting is?" There is no gentle tip-toeing around the topic.  Direct and honest communication is best with teens.  In addition, explain that there are consequences of sexting.  It is good to discuss that some of these consequences include school suspension, school expulsion, colleges might read this if it's in the sexter's school file, embarrassment, depression, police involvement, and more.  A great tool is using media stories, such as Anthony Weiner's story.  Ask your teen, "What do you think about that?"  Consider discussing Jessica Logan and Hope Witsell's suicides.  Sexting bullying and sexting in general are common teen mistakes that can be avoided.
23
Jul

Royal Baby | New Baby Fever

No doubt, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have birthed more than a royal baby and new heir to the throne of England.  The new Prince has started "baby fever."  When any celebrity has a child, sales increase, for all things baby. It happened with the birth of JayZ and Beyonce's daughter, Ivy Blue. It happened with the birth of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West's daughter, North. Now sales are skyrocketing with the birth of the new Prince.


New mothers want what is best for their children.  They tend to want to buy the best and spend a lot more on their firstborn.  Certainly, the media will fuel this flame.  The media will report every detail they possibly can regarding the Duchess' post-maternity wear, the new heir's wardrobe, his toys, his travel, and the many baby accessories.  
Remember to not get caught up in the ongoing new baby fever.  Being economical and stylish is very much possible nowadays.  Instead of rushing out to buy what Kate's wearing or what stroller the new Prince will use, consider going to your local baby store or surf the net.  Consignments ships are also a great place to buy like new or gently used items if you are on a tighter budget.
Research your products well.  Consumer Reports can advise on stroller & car seat safety, while still providing the average going price for the item you are interested in buying.  Babies 'R Us also has online registry available.  
So, you can easily shop with staying for 3 hours on your very swollen pregnant feet in the store.  The longer you are in the store, the more tired you'll be.  this will make you more likelyto buy more than you otherwise would have bought.  Of course, there will be the extra frill item you want.  If it's in the budget, then go for it.  Your future baby can still be a Prince or Princess in his or her own home for a fraction of the price of the celebrities.
23
Jul

Amazing Life Affirmation

Amazing Life Affirmation

Amazing Life Affirmation

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