Seven Strategies for Overcoming Picky Eating in Toddlers

The toddler years are a fun time as children grow increasingly independent and explore the world with an unabated curiosity. It can also be a frustrating time when it comes to the dinner table and eating. It is important for parents to understand that picky eating is a normal stage for toddlers to go through. A food that has previously been accepted with enthusiasm may suddenly be rejected the next time it is offered. Also, a child’s appetite can vary…

How Does Your Garden Grow?

When my husband and I bought our first house together several years ago, one of my criteria was having some sort of gardening space, whether it was a sunny patio or in the yard. Fortunately we lucked out with both options at our house, and I’ve been making use of both ever since. I bounce back and forth between doing a patio garden and an actual garden in the yard. While my thumb isn’t exactly green, I look forward to…

Follow Your Child’s Lead

Recently the girls and I went to watch my husband swim in his first masters swim meet – they are sweetly called "masters," because everyone is -- mature. My husband has never competed in swimming, but took up the sport due to the toll running was taking on his back. He has been at it for five years and finally decided to compete. I am pretty proud of him. He’s taking on a new sport and competing with people who…

Refueling for Spring Sports: Making the Right Choices for Children

With the coming of spring, so begins the season of sports. Soccer season is underway in many parts of the country, as is baseball, softball,…

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…

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 sharing of germs and how best to limit the spread of infection more than just about any other aspect of child care. I fully understand this parental concern, since having a sick child has such a predictably large impact on both children and parents alike. That said, I determined long ago that none of us…

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…
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