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Teaching Your Children and Teens to Be Responsible (Pedcast)

This is an archived pedcast, originally posted December 28, 2011.

Can you teach your children to be a responsible adult? You bet you can.  In this episode of DocSmo.com, Anne Gessner PNP and Dr. Smolen discuss the subject of teaching responsible behavior to children, especially teenagers.  Hear them discuss what they consider some do’s and don’ts when it comes to helping children  become responsible adults. Continue reading

7 Dubious Health Honors American Children Own (Pedcast)

American children are unhealthy on many world standards. Learn more. 

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5 Actions Parents Must Take if Their Child is Being Bullied (Pedcast)

 

Introduction

I must say, that for the first half of my pediatric career, I was oblivious to the knowledge of how frequently and seriously bullying harms children. I just wasn’t aware that bullying was at the root of a lot of the illness in school age children that I was seeing…until I began to ask. When I ask a child with a recurring stomachaches or headaches if anyone is bullying them and I see that tense facial expression form or possibly a little moistening of their eyes, then I know. I have learned in recent years to routinely ask about this important issue!  It is not surprising to me that I recently saw bullying on a list of the most frequent concerns of parents. In fact it was the number one worry among parents with school-aged children. Sounds pretty important and a topic that deserves an entire pedcast so in today’s installment of Portable Practical Pediatrics, I’m going to bring you up to speed on some of the newest information about the important topic of childhood bullying.  Stay informed, stay engaged, and most importantly, stay tuned to hear this important edition of Portable Practical Pediatrics. Continue reading

Distraction Free Thinking Vital for Kids (Pedcast)

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Topic Introduction

I’ve got a very interesting subject to talk to you about today that I discovered while listening to a podcast! Yes, not only do I make podcasts but I am an avid listener of them as well. In this particular podcast, I heard Dr. Cal Newport, a computer scientist, interviewed about the negative effects  of interruptions on learning, memory, and creativity. I thought that what he was saying had so much relevance for your children that I couldn’t wait to introduce my listeners to his research and ideas. Please take a few minutes to listen to this post that I call Distraction Free Thinking Vital for Kids. The message is so vital for all parents to hear that I don’t want you to miss it. Continue reading