Anxiety and Kids – Ways to Help Them Manage

Growing up in West Virginia, I have little memory of anyone talking about anxiety. It was never a hot topic at school. No one on the news seemed to discuss it (although I am not sure I ever really paid attention to the news growing up). I have no recollection of my parents or otherContinue reading “Anxiety and Kids – Ways to Help Them Manage”

Politics. Religion. Race. Masks. How Do We Influence Our Kids?

Apparently there is an election coming up later this year.  Anyone else hear about this?  (Insert sarcastic emoji).  I recently received the happy news that I have been randomly drafted to be an election worker the day of the presidential election.  It should be an interesting experience.  While discussing this at the dinner table, our older son had many questions.  WhoContinue reading “Politics. Religion. Race. Masks. How Do We Influence Our Kids?”

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”

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”

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”

5. The Art of Yelling

My twin sister and I were known as the “Temper Toffles” while in grade school.  Why, you may ask?  Our voices carried very well.  We would get into shouting matches while playing touch football at the bus stop.  We would yell when playing roller hockey with our friends up the street.  It wasn’t always yellingContinue reading “5. The Art of Yelling”

4. Like Father Like Son?

As I mentioned in my first post, I grew up with a dad who was a physician. In that post I probably made the mistake of trying to compare dads of today to our parents or even their parents. The role of “dad” has evolved through the generations. Due to that, I think there areContinue reading “4. Like Father Like Son?”

2. How an Old Bike Tested My Patience and Empathy

I have memories of trying to learn how to ride my bike without training wheels. The bike I had was a marvelous blend of brown, mustard yellow, and more brown. Growing up in West Virginia you were either going up a hill or down a hill, so the concept of NOT using training wheels hauntedContinue reading “2. How an Old Bike Tested My Patience and Empathy”