10 Tips on Feeding Your Picky Eater

Originally posted on Well Child Chats:
Your baby had a great appetite.  Happily ate everything.  Tried lots of flavors and foods.  Then your baby became a toddler.  Suddenly meals feel like a horrible battle.  Sound familiar? Picky eating is very common, especially in toddlers and pre-schoolers. After the first year of life, a toddler’s appetite decreases quite…

Teaching Kindness:  Every Heart is a Treasure

Teaching Kindness: Every Heart is a Treasure

Valentine’s Day is not a big deal in our family.  I don’t expect anything special from Smartypants.  A simple and sincere “I love you” suffices to warm my heart, but this should be every day anyways. When it comes to celebrations of love,  consistency and integrity speaks more to me than anything that can be bought or packaged.  … Continue reading

Red Light, Yellow Light, Green Light

Toddlers are a fascinating bunch.  They have incredibly strong opinions.  Their hearts are like volcanoes that erupt with fiery emotion at any given time.  They fixate on random details or ideas.  They stick by their no even when they intend to mean yes.  And despite all these manifestations of growing independence, they still desperately crave the safety of a warm hug … Continue reading

Domestic Violence: Making a Safety Plan

Originally posted on Well Child Chats:
Violence in the home is a reality that continues to threaten the lives of both adults and children. There is never a justification for domestic violence and abuse.  It just shouldn’t happen.  Period. Often times, there are multiple factors that make it difficult for the victim to leave the…

I’m on a Lemon Kick

I’m on a Lemon Kick

I’m on a big lemon kick.  We recently bought these yummy little lemon Girl Scout cookies called Savannah Smiles.  I let the kids have a few, but I’ve since hidden them away for my selfish self. A while ago, I bought a dwarf meyer lemon tree on a whim at the local nursery.  I plopped … Continue reading

Recent Changes to Vaccine Recommendations

Originally posted on Well Child Chats:
Vaccinations are a cornerstone in prevention and public health.  Ongoing research continues to maximize the role of vaccines in protecting individuals and populations at large from previously common illnesses. The American Academy of Pediatrics has released its 2012 update on vaccinations.  Review of the evidence from recent vaccine studies has led…

The Rules of the Game

Sunshine hot on rosy cheeks. Giggles and laughter. Little kids following big kids.  Up the hill.  Down the hill.  Between the bushes. Amongst them stands my son.  He seemed so awfully big this morning when he climbed into bed and plopped himself onto my back for a morning snuggle.  Now he looks so small next … Continue reading

Prevent Obesity: 5 Tips for Healthy Eating

Originally posted on Well Child Chats:
As parents, we all work hard to feed our children well.  We all go through stages of worrying whether our children eat too much or too little.  We all wonder at times if they are getting enough nutrition. On the flip side, sometimes life feels too overwhelming to pay much…

Reach for the Sky

Reach for the Sky

This is how we spent the first day of 2012. There was only a light breeze.  Sporadic at best.  We tried over and over again to run with all our might.  To get that kite to stay up.  At times we thought we succeeded, only to see the kite drift down in exhaustion from all … Continue reading