Managing Grief with Kids

How do you explain death to your children?  How do you expect kids to handle grief?  Do you expect them to understand your own sorrow? We recently had two major changes to our family in the last two weeks.  First, my wife’s maternal grandmother passed away.  She was the last of our boys’ great grandmothers.  They had the privilege toContinue reading “Managing Grief with Kids”

Something Doesn’t Feel Right

Sorry, no fancy pictures in this post. It is time for a reset. Do you ever feel like something is off?  Some days we wake up and the world feels aligned and well; other days nothing seems to make sense.  I think the latter has appeared more in our country since early March.  When the pandemic started toContinue reading “Something Doesn’t Feel Right”

Fever Phobia – Why Are We So Scared?

It is not uncommon to get multiple phone calls a day about fevers in a pediatric practice.  Sometimes those fevers aren’t actually fevers, but just mild variations in the normal day-to-day temperature.  Nevertheless, parents develop concerns and fears over this variation in temperature and what it could mean for their child.  But what led toContinue reading “Fever Phobia – Why Are We So Scared?”

Epigenetics and Childhood Obesity – Looking for the Origins of Our Obesity Epidemic

Childhood obesity, let alone obesity as a whole, has greatly impacted our health. The medical cost to our country continues to rise when managing the comorbidities of obesity. But what if we could stop obesity before it starts?

To School or Not to School? That is the Question

I recently posted about my medical opinion on kids and wearing masks in school.  I discussed their purpose and how they prevent the spread of infection.  However, many parents, and even school districts, wonder if we are rushing into things too soon.  Some areas of the country are seeing a steady rate of SARS-CoV-2 cases, while others areContinue reading “To School or Not to School? That is the Question”

Masks and Why They Work For School

Ever since SARS-CoV-2 came to the United States there has been an ever changing influence on our daily lives.  Our kids have been no exception, having to leave in-person school early.  As parents we attempted to accomplish eLearning at home while holding down a job and keeping the peace in the house.  I think many parents quickly learnedContinue reading “Masks and Why They Work For School”

Picky Eaters – We All Have One

I’m pretty sure I drove my parents crazy as a kid.  I was what one would call a “picky eater.”  All I ever ate for dinner was plain pasta or rice with butter, peas, and occasionally chicken.  Sure the typical hot dog or pizza would pass my jawline, but put some meatloaf in front of me and IContinue reading “Picky Eaters – We All Have One”

Enjoy Your Kids

Happy Father’s Day!  Oh wait, that was last week?  Well, I got to celebrate it this past weekend.  Last weekend was our younger son’s birthday (on Sunday) as was our wedding anniversary (12 years! Woot!).  The two things that made me a father were celebrated that same day, so we pushed back my celebration to this past weekend.  No complaintsContinue reading “Enjoy Your Kids”

Childhood Identity – Choose the Right Words

My family and I took a much needed vacation this last week.  Typically this leads to slightly more screen time than normal, and our younger son decided we HAD to watch Cars 3.  Again.  If you have kids, you have probably seen it.  If not, the general premise of this one (spoiler alert!) is Lightning McQueen is nearing theContinue reading “Childhood Identity – Choose the Right Words”

7. Overwhelmed

That’s a strong word right there.  How many times have you felt this way?  Pulled in multiple directions, not sure where you are supposed to look to next.  Be a good husband.  Be a good father.  Be a good physician.  And somewhere in all of that you aren’t supposed to tear at the seams.  Lose yourself for a moment and the restContinue reading “7. Overwhelmed”