Dr. Laura Jana

Articles Written By: Dr. Laura Jana

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Dr. Laura Jana is a pediatrician and award-winning parenting and children’s book author. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Michigan, an MD from Case Western Reserve, and is the co-founder of Amazing Me Books. With a faculty appointment at Penn State University’s Edna Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center, some of her key areas of focus are early brain and child development, health and wellness, and early education. Dr. Jana also serves as an author and media spokesperson for the American Academy of Pediatrics, and lives in Nebraska with her husband and 3 children.

Summer Fun, Sun and Safety

Having made it through yet another cold and flu season, just about every parent and child I know is eager to welcome the sunny days of summer. But now that summer is here – complete with swimming, sun and all sorts of fun outdoor activities – it’s important to prepare your family for (and hopefully prevent) some of the most common seasonal irritations and inconveniences. Bug bites. Whether you’re talking spider, mosquito or tick bites, bug bites are a sure…

Taking Time Out to Discuss Time-Outs, Rosemary Wells Style

I recently had the opportunity to catch up with a good friend who, in my opinion, is justifiably revered as a superstar in the preschool world. During our conversation, best-selling children’s book author Rosemary Wells referred to herself, as she so often does, as Max and Ruby’s mother. She clearly meant it literally, and I was once again struck by just how seriously she takes her literary role as creator of Max and Ruby – those two beloved storybook bunnies…
Young boy smiles and shows his hands as he is washing them

Limiting the Spread of Germs in Child Care

Perhaps because of my dual roles as both a pediatrician and the owner of a child care center, I find myself asked about the unwanted…
Child smiles and sits on toilet

Maintaining a Positive Potty Training Perspective

When it comes to potty training, it seems that one of the biggest parental challenges facing parents today often has little to do with the…

Tooth-Friendly Tips & Tricks

So here we are – the month after what we all know to be one of the year’s most celebrated candy holidays. While Halloween has admittedly always been one of my favorites – first as a child and then as a parent – it is hard to sugar coat the fact that all of the celebratory treats inevitably bestowed upon our children this time of year have the very real potential to stand in the way of insuring they have…

“Good Night, Sleep…Safe”?

Entering parenthood inherently comes with a new-found appreciation for sleep. Let’s face it, during the first few weeks or months (…or sometimes even years) of relative sleep-deprivation, we all naturally covet the days (nights, to be more precise) of uninterrupted sleep. Yet while just about all parents understandably aspire to get a bit more shut-eye and commit to teaching our children healthy sleep habits, it’s equally important to recognize that there’s a lot more to getting a good night’s sleep…

Making Your Gardening Efforts Count

When it comes to gardening, there’s no question that the time your family spends plotting, purchasing, picking and preparing can add up to plenty of wholesome family fun, not to mention additional time spent being active and outdoors. But did you know that by grabbing a hoe and digging in, you’re also helping hone your child’s math skills? That’s right, digging in the dirt and mathematics really can go hand in hand. Here are a few examples of how. Planting…

Getting Your Child Rocking & Rolling

Those who know me best might be amused to hear me say that I love dancing. Let me just say that there’s a big difference between thinking highly of something and being good at it. Regardless of my own abilities (or lack thereof), I view dancing as an all-too-often overlooked activity that has the ability to bring people together, foster body confidence and serve as a fun way for children (and adults) of all ages to get up and get…

Making Everyday Parenting Count

Most parents I know find it challenging at times to keep up with all of the day-to-day demands of parenthood – especially those who commit to living and teaching their children healthier lifestyles. After all, it can be admittedly tough to carve out dedicated time to exercise while at the same time resisting the allure of fast food in favor of cooking up and serving healthy family-style meals. That said, there’s good news on the parenting front for all of…
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