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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

The Best Books For Preschoolers And Kindergarteners

Last week I shared a list of books for babies and toddlers. To continue this book theme, I have a list of the best books for preschoolers and kindergarteners for you today. Whether you are homeschooling your kids or they are attending school outside of the home, it is important to make time every day for reading [...]

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

The Best Books For Babies And Toddlers

There is something you can do with your kids every day that will affect them for their whole lives: read together. Even reading with your kids for only 15 minutes a day makes a difference. Today I wanted to talk about some of the best books for babies and toddlers. I know it can be hard [...]

Friday, June 30, 2017

Your Kids Aren’t Dry Drowning (Because It’s Not Real)

You know there is an issue when medical providers are learning medical terms from social media, and not the other way around. That’s exactly what happened to me (and many of my colleagues) with dry drowning. A few summers ago, I read about dry drowning for the first time on Facebook. Since then, this misrepresented [...]

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

To The Mom At Her Wit’s End With Picky Eaters

KidNurse Community Question: “I’m looking for advice on picky eaters. My children are three and four years old and refuse to try new things. They have a total of about 4 food items they will eat and turn up their noses at everything else. At what point should I tell them they have no choice [...]

Monday, May 22, 2017

End Playdate Meltdowns With These Magic Words

Playdate meltdowns are never fun. When I was a little girl, I idolized my older cousins. I still remember what it felt like to go over to their house for playdates, holidays, and special occasions. Jumping endlessly on their trampoline. A massive array of new toys to play with. Learning what “big girls” do. I [...]

Thursday, May 11, 2017

How Should I Teach My Baby to Eat Finger Food?

A mom in our KidNurse Community had a great question about how to teach a baby to eat finger food. It’s a question many of my patients’ parents have asked over the years, so I want to share my answer here along with a few tips to help all of you whose babies are getting [...]

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Introducing The KidNurse Community

One of the things I most enjoy about caring for kids, is getting to know their parents and supporting them as they navigate what is arguably the most wonderful and toughest job — raising happy, healthy kids. In the years since I launched KidNurse, it has been amazing to reach parents across the country, answering [...]

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, [...]