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Sunday, August 30, 2015

When Moms Make Mistakes…

I have been heavy-hearted for a particular mother this week. Really, because the implications of this mom’s story affects all mothers, I’ve been heavy-hearted for mothers in general. Eventually making my own leap to motherhood will carry a little more trepidation than it once did. Cherish Peterson has been deemed by many as one of [...]

Thursday, April 16, 2015

How To Teach Eye Contact From An Early Age and Why It Matters

I am a positive reinforcement type of nurse practitioner, and I hope you are that type of parent as well. Positive reinforcement is a pretty simple model. When children come into the office and behave very well, I always cheer, clap, high-five and verbally acknowledge the good behavior. And sometimes, I even reward the behavior [...]

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

5 Tips to Increase Your Child’s Reading and Early Development

This Monday marked Dr. Seuss’s birthday, which is now also celebrated as Read Across America Day. Why do we celebrate this day? Because the research is undeniable, one of the best ways to enhance a child’s development is through the gift of reading. My mom loves to read. She always has, and as an educator, [...]

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

A Psychiatrist’s Letter to Young People about Fifty Shades of Grey

*This is a guest post from Dr. Miriam Grossman, a psychiatrist who specializes in child and adolescent care. The post was originally published on her blog. Dr. Grossman hit the nail on the head with this post, and I believe this information is so important (especially for our teenagers) that I was given permission to [...]

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

6 Fun Activities that Teach Thankfulness this Thanksgiving

My favorite holiday is nearly upon us! I survived a sea of grocery shoppers tonight so now I can be excited about the upcoming family, friends, food, and the beautiful opportunity to stop and focus on giving thanks! The cool fall breeze is in the air, the food is ready to be prepared with the [...]

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

The Only Thing More Important Than Voting Today Is Bringing Your Child With You

As I sit at home this morning browsing through campaign material, proposition information and candidate profiles, I am overwhelmed with gratitude that I live in a country where my voice can be heard. Where my opinion matters and I am a part of the process. Where I have a say when it comes to changing [...]

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Violence, Horror, & the Paranormal: Is Your Child Ready?

People who know me very well know that I love to decorate. It’s one of my favorite hobbies and I love decorating my house for different holidays. The only thing that makes decorating better is if you can find wonderful deals. My husband wondered why I came home from Hobby Lobby last year with a [...]

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Overcoming the Odds: Joseph’s Adoption Story

I have been so excited to share this story! Adoption has such a special place in my heart. Some of my very favorite patients are in the foster care system or adopted. The beauty of sacrificial love is unmistakeable in these families. As of last week, my very dear friends were finally able to adopt [...]

Friday, August 22, 2014

What’s in a Name? Everything.

*All names used in this blog are just examples and have never been patients of mine. Trust me though, even if I could tell you some of the names of children I've personally met, you wouldn't believe me. One of my biggest pet-peeves in pediatric practice today is baby names. We have a crisis going [...]

Friday, August 8, 2014

What Olivia Wilde Got Wrong About Breastfeeding

What they say breastfeeding your newborn looks like: What it usually looks like: Sheesh, Olivia’s beautiful alright, and Otis is pretty cute himself. I think we all saw the viral picture of Olivia Wilde breastfeeding her son for the latest edition of Glamour magazine. If you haven’t, read her interview here. As a pediatric nurse [...]