3 Interesting Conversations w/ Parents, November 2017 (Pedcast)

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Thanks for joining me today. I started a series of pedcasts that I call, Interesting Conversations w/ Parents a few years ago when I realized that the parents of my patients frequently bring up subjects that I either had never heard of or know very little about. Well, here is my latest installment to that series. More fascinating topics all brought to me by some of the most informed and interesting parents on the planet. Let’s get started shall we? Continue reading

6 Reasons Your Children Need Breakfast (Pedcast)

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I think this pedcast title speaks for itself. Today we are going to go over six reasons your children need breakfast and why all parents with young children should make providing breakfast a priority for their children. Stay tuned for this informative and important pedcast that’s coming at you right now with me, your host, Dr. Paul Smolen. Continue reading

Why Little Janie Bites? (Pedcast)

 

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Parents frequently ask me about why their toddlers behave the way they do? Why do they at times, get aggressive and push or grab toys from other children? They find some of their toddler’s behaviors disturbing, disappointing, and embarrassing.  The symptom that parents bring up most frequently, usually at their child’s 18-month checkup, is biting of other children.  Why does little Janie bite other children and is this behavior normal?  Let’s break this down in today’s discussion that I have titled “Why Little Janie Bites“? Continue reading

Identifying Children Who Succeed (Pedcast)

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I was at the grocery store the other day and ran into the mother of two long time patients. One of her children just went off to college and her older child, is now starting law school, having graduated from an elite university last year. This mom was beaming and rightly so. She has what every parent wants, successful children who are making it in the adult world.I told her that I was not at all surprised by her children’s success since as their pediatrician, I could tell that they had all the ingredients of success. Pediatricians have an instinct and intuition about which children are likely to make the transition from dependency to independence successfully. In fact, I am in the process of finishing a book on the subject, my second book. Look for it to hit the shelves spring or summer 2018.  More on that in the near future but in today’s discussion, I thought I would tell you a few of the things that I notice in children that lead me to have confidence that they would thrive when they go off on their own. Continue reading