Interesting Conversations

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

Topic Introduction

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

Interesting Conversations March 2017 (Pedcast)

Voice Intro

Welcome to another edition of Portable Practical Pediatrics. I am your host, Dr. Paul Smolen, a board certified pediatrician. People call me Doc Smo. My patients bring up such interesting topics…so interesting that a few years ago, I started sharing some of them with my blog audience. I have to say that after 35 years of practicing pediatrics I have learned and lived this Doc Smo pearl, “The best doctors listen way more than they talk.” With that in mind, I am going to share with some of the interesting things my patients have told me recently. I think you will see that by listening intently, I learn a lot from my patients.   So let’s get into the next set of “Interesting Conversations” I’ve had recently with my patients and their families, shall we? Continue reading

Teaching Kids to Enjoy Vegetables (Pedcast)

 

Introduction

I don’t know if you have noticed, but the vegetarians of the world are winning the argument about what constitutes healthy eating. After a half century of poor nutrition creeping into the American child’s diet, I feel like the pendulum is beginning to swing back toward healthier eating. Meals are becoming more often, lower on the food chain with a lot more fruits and vegetables. If you are not already on this movement toward a more vegetable friendly diet, you need to listen to today’s edition of Portable Practical Pediatrics.  Today we are going to explore two new ways you can help your children move toward a balanced diet, a diet rich in vegetables. Continue reading

Interesting Conversations w/ Parents July 2016 (Pedcast)

Topic introduction

I’ve got to say, I have the some of the best-informed patients and parents on the planet. I am constantly learning about new and interesting things in the world of pediatrics, health, and nutrition from them.  Because of their insights, that I started my series, “Interesting Conversations with Parents”, to bring you a little bit of their wisdom. Here is a Doc Smo pearl for you; enjoying a good conversation is more about listening than about talking. In that vein, I am going to share a few of these recent conversations. Let’s get started, shall we? Continue reading