Psychology

3 Parenting Missteps That Can Harm Your Children (Pedcast)

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Knowing your own blind spots is an important aspect of being an effective parent.  I have been watching my own family, as well as thousands of others for the past four decades, and I think I have identified some parenting missteps that might be helpful for you to recognize, as you try and give your children the best childhood possible. Take a few minutes and read or listen to this installment of Portable Practical Pediatrics to find out what I have noticed.

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Can Children be Spoiled? (Pedcast)

In this episode, Dr. Smolen discusses the question; Can children be spoiled? Past generations of children can help us answer this question as listeners will soon see. Kick back and listen to Dr. Smolen bring you a little science and his view on this important parenting subject.

Note: This pedcast was first posted in November 2011.

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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

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

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