DIY Christmas Decorations with Wood Scraps

Our boys have been complaining lately about the lack of Christmas décor on the outside of our home.  It isn’t even Thanksgiving yet.  We have not put up lights up to this point, as I don’t want to shell out money to have someone else climb my roof and hang lights for the next monthContinue reading “DIY Christmas Decorations with Wood Scraps”

What is Your Legacy?

We are all going to die someday. There, I said it. No escaping it. No second chances. We get one try at this thing we call life, and then we are gone from this plane of existence. So what does that mean for you? In life we all have goals. They may be anything fromContinue reading “What is Your Legacy?”

When Simply Buying a Halloween Costume Isn’t Enough

This year our older son decided he wanted to be General Grievous for Halloween.  If you don’t know who that is, look on Google (I don’t think I can share an image of him without copyright issues).  He is a character from the Star Wars Clone Wars TV show and is later defeated by Obi Wan inContinue reading “When Simply Buying a Halloween Costume Isn’t Enough”

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”

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?

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”

Teach Your Kids the Rules

Sports are complicated.  Every year there seems to be a new rule that no one knows about until half way through the season.  Expecting our kids to know all the rules to the sports they play can be an unachievable task.  I have memories of playing multiple sports growing up.  The one I was the worst at was basketball.  IContinue reading “Teach Your Kids the Rules”

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”