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Wise Parents Have their Kids Put Down the Screens and Pick Up the Books (Pedcast)

This episode of DocSmo.com stresses the importance of promoting literacy in your children by reading to them frequently and making sure they have regular enjoyable visits to the library. Every child should have and use a library card frequently!

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10 New Year Family Goals (Pedcast)

Topic Introduction

I read a lot of articles about child health and one that caught my eye recently came from a weekly newsletter that is created by the staff of fellow North Carolina pediatricians, the Salisbury Pediatric Associates. The article that I am going to discuss today was written by pediatrician Dr. Christopher Magryta. In it he posted ten goals for parents and children for the New Year. I thought his goals were so useful, practical, and full of wisdom that I wanted to share them with you.  I think each of Dr. Magryta’s goals will help you kick off the New Year in a great direction, for both you and your family. So here goes, straight from Dr. Magryta in his own words.  I hope you find it as inspiring as I did. Don’t miss today’s post, 10 New Year Family Goals 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