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School-Aged Children

Posts about children in the elementary school age range, approximately ages 5-11.

Who Has Time For Nutrition? My Picky Eater Only Eats PB&Js and Chicken Nuggets!

By and February 22, 2016 1 Comment
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I’m not here to give you advice for how to convince picky eaters to eat. You’ve probably heard enough tips and tricks, including all the magical ways you can hide fruits and vegetables in kid favorites, like those infamous black bean ‘brownies.’ Unfortunately, despite all of your begging, cajoling, and possible trickery, your kid is winning […]

Categories: Ages + Stages, Food, Nutrition, + Infant Feeding, School-Aged Children, Toddlers + Preschoolers, Tweens + Teens


Family Nudity Is All About Comfort Level, NOT Sexuality

By February 15, 2016 1 Comment
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Celebrity blogger Perez Hilton caused an online uproar back in October after he posted a partially obstructed picture of himself in the shower with his 2 year old son on Instagram, which you can see to the right. Comments and concerns raised by this situation ranged from positive and supportive of bathing with own’s own small […]

Categories: Ages + Stages, Mental, Emotional, + Behavioral Health, School-Aged Children, Toddlers + Preschoolers, Tweens + Teens


Science Fair Projects: Lessons in Parental Torture

By December 9, 2015 2 Comments
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  I was a science fair nerd from the 3rd to 10th grade, so I can say with certainty that I put my parents through seven years of unabridged science fair hell. Parents who are working on those projects now, can you imagine? Seven years of what you’re doing right now? Hopefully this post offers you some solace, because […]

Categories: School-Aged Children, Tweens + Teens


Keep Your Sick Kid Home and Away From Mine!

By December 8, 2015 1 Comment
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We all know that dreaded feeling when you’re meeting with someone and their children, and you can immediately tell that they or their children are ill. When that happens to me, I mentally start preparing myself for the impending sickness that is almost certain to be passed along to my family, and then I try to […]

Categories: Ages + Stages, Infectious Disease + Vaccines, Newborns + Infants, Policy, Politics, + Pop Health, School-Aged Children, Toddlers + Preschoolers, Tweens + Teens


Santa and Elf on the Shelf: Inappropriate Lies or All in Good Fun?

By December 1, 2015 1 Comment
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As the winter holidays approach, Santa Claus and Elf on the Shelf are on the minds of many children who celebrate Christmas. Many parents’ thoughts also drift there, but for different reasons. Parents of young children wonder whether they should promote the myth of the jolly old man in the red suit or that tiny, habitually […]

Categories: Ages + Stages, Faith + Beliefs, Mental, Emotional, + Behavioral Health, School-Aged Children, Toddlers + Preschoolers


Caring for Sick Kids: Know the Difference Between “Natural Remedy” Facts and Fallacies

By November 18, 2015 3 Comments
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Taking care of an ill child is challenging. On one hand, a parent wants more than anything in the world to relieve their child’s discomfort, but it’s also perfectly reasonable to have concerns about the potential side effects of prescription and over-the-counter medications. It is also completely understandable that many well-meaning parents seek out remedies that are marketed […]

Categories: Ages + Stages, Newborns + Infants, School-Aged Children, Science 101 + Mythbusting, Toddlers + Preschoolers, Tweens + Teens


What’s Up With Kids and Allergies?

By November 9, 2015 1 Comment
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This post was written in response to a question from TheScientificParent.org reader Salima, who received confusing information from her doctor and pharmacist about kids and allergies.   As a pediatric allergist, I see children of all ages presenting with a range of different symptoms, especially runny noses, cough, and rashes. As a parent, I see […]

Categories: Ages + Stages, Chronic Illnesses + Conditions, School-Aged Children, Toddlers + Preschoolers, Tweens + Teens


Helping Kids Welcome a New Baby

By October 20, 2015 No Comments
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  Three of the people I love the most and am closest to are my brother and sisters. I’m always happy to see them and, like the best old friends, we can catch up with each other’s news in a moment. These relationships are not an accident, however. They are the result of our parents’ efforts […]

Categories: Ages + Stages, Mental, Emotional, + Behavioral Health, Newborns + Infants, Pregnancy, Birth + Family Planning, School-Aged Children, Toddlers + Preschoolers, Tweens + Teens