Chocolate Cherry Avocado Muffins Recipe

February is American Heart Month. Heart disease is still the leading cause of death among men and women in the U.S. It is also a disease where diet can play a large role. It is never too early to start thinking about heart-healthy foods. In fact, it is better to get children off on the right path by including those foods regularly so that it becomes habit. As a dietitian, I like to focus on the foods that you can…

Are Organic Foods Better for You?

Organic food is a controversial subject that brings up many emotions, particularly when it comes to feeding children. There is a “halo effect” around organic foods: people automatically assume if something is organic, it is inherently healthier. But is that really the case? The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recently conducted an extensive review of the research to answer this question, with some surprising findings. Organic Dairy vs. Conventional Dairy The AAP found that organic and conventional dairy products are…

Helping Children Ages 3-5 Find Calm

Strong emotions can be like a tidal wave that engulfs and overwhelms children…and often everyone around them.  Here are a few pointers on how to help children learn how to express and regulate emotion at an early age and how to find their way to calm. 1. Keep a cool head. Take an honest peek at your own natural, human reactions and practice on a regular basis soothing yourself and finding your own calm first. 2. An ounce of prevention…
A young boy engaged in watching a video on a computer

How Much is Too Much? Guidelines on Screen Time for Children from Reach Out and Read

One of the biggest challenges that many parents face when encouraging their children to read is competition from screens. Between television, computers, tablets, and smart…
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…

Indoor Activities for Cold Winter Months

Looking for creative, engaging ways to keep your little ones busy indoors during on cold winter days? Here are my five favorite suggestions for indoor play and learning: Take a “dream” vacation or field trip. The imagination is a powerful thing and with the help of a few props, you and your family can go on a lovely spring picnic or vacation to a tropical island. Everyone just has to suspend disbelief and enter into the fun to make it…

7 Tips for Enjoying Holiday Meals with Your Infant

This holiday season will be my daughter’s first. She turns 1 year old in January. While she is eating a wide variety of foods and textures, she isn’t quite to the point of eating everything we do. For our holiday celebrations I will have to make some modifications so that she can enjoy our traditional foods and feel involved while still eating appropriately for her age. She is quite the headstrong little lady who wants to eat everything we eat…
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…

3 Ways to Tailgate the Child-Friendly Way

Football season is in full swing. Tailgating is as much an event as the game itself – whether you are there in person or having people over to your house to watch. Children can take part in the festivities and with a little bit of planning, can add to the game-day fun while still keeping with your family’s health goals. Here are three tips to tailgate the child-friendly way:Get moving! Tailgating is the perfect time to encourage family physical activity…
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