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Parenting advice – something that we all probably need at one time or another; but, something that is awfully easy to get tired of.
Especially with the arrival of a new baby, well-meaning-advice-givers seem to come out of the woodwork; AND, if you’ve “registered” anywhere online (more…)
If you thought that you got a lot of parenting advice from people BEFORE the baby was born, just wait and see how many “well wishers” make contact with you after the little one arrives in order to give you the benefit of their extensive experience.
Parenting advice, it comes from everywhere. If you listened to everyone and tried to follow everything you could well be institutionalized within the week.
Relatives are hard to ignore – but may be misinformed or out of date; so-called “free” samples aren’t really free if they come with self-serving advice; and, (more…)
I met 13 year-old Shawn (not his real name) semi-conscious in the intensive care unit many years ago.
He had been dumped off on the front lawn of his foster home, stuporous, by some kids who sped away in their car.
[Believe me, this parenting technique works! Even now, this many years since the article was first written. I’ve updated a couple of references to books, but that’s all. Use this especially when you are trying to solve some concern about a relationship.]
We have discussed several times in previous articles parenting aspects of how to travel with children and enjoy it. But what happens when of necessity children travel alone?
I have had several requests to discuss stress in children and parenting aspects.
While it may have been true in times past that childhood was carefree and fun… (more…)
After many years I can still picture in my mind a little nine-year-old boy standing by the isolette containing his two-week old baby brother.
OK, if you’ve been a reader of this column in the past, I know you can do it; so put on your white coat, get your stethoscope and let me watch how you “see” this next patient.
Picking up the chart you see that he is a new patient to you, named Ryan. He is eight years old, and he lives with his mother who has been divorced for four years.
The nurse has taken his height, weight, and temperature (which were all normal) and has written on the chart “Fevers for six months!”
As you enter the room, you find him to be a red-headed youngster sitting curled up (more…)
[This is really not just a Christmas article! It’s an article which makes most of us very contemplative. It is about an exceedingly important part of parenting – which happened to be written at Christmas.]
A lot of articles this time of year (Christmas) begin with the phrase (more…)