Attitude

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

Identifying Children Who Succeed (Pedcast)

Introduction

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

Teaching Children Gratitude (Holiday Pedcast)

 

Introduction

I was driving with my 92-year-old mother home the other night when an amazing statement came out of her mouth.  Out of the blue she made a very profound comment that really struck me as important, maybe even life changing for me. In one sentence, she summed up her view of her life and gave me a glimpse of how she sees the world.  Suddenly I realized how she has remained so resilient through the ups and downs of her long life.   So, in this year’s holiday message, I thought I would share a little bit of Grandma Betty Smolen’s wisdom with the hope that if you spend some time instilling her attitude in your children, they will have lives that are happier and possibly make them more resilient to the inevitable ups and downs they will experience in their lives.  I hope you will think it is as important as I do.  With that said, let’s get into holiday message 2016. Continue reading

Self Control + Focus=Success (Pedcast)

Topic Introduction

I think you can guess at the topic for today’s pedcast– the title tells it all. We are going to break down this formula that I believe is at the core of why some children succeed and others do not. So crank up the mp3 player and listen to a discussion of a conversation that I think you will find relevant for your family.

Ever wonder if childhood is different today than it was when you were growing up? I think most people would answer that question with a big yes.  It just feels like the “kid ” experience of growing up is different than it was when we were young.  And no wonder, here are a few changes that have occurred to family life just during our lives. Continue reading

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