Is My Child Gifted?

Ahead of the Curve Q. I’m sure most parents think their babies are bright, but I am convinced that our 22-month-old is truly gifted. She already identifies colors, counts to ten, recognizes letters, and speaks in full sentences. Books are her favorite toys, and she knows many of them by heart. Should I have her […]

6 Little Things That Make a Big Difference

Many parents provide their kids with the big essentials: unconditional love, protection, structure, and limits. But as a pediatrician and the mom of five (now grown) children, I’ve learned that there are also small things parents can do to make a major difference in their kids’ lives. 1. Keep an Eye on the Big Picture […]

Little Kids, Big Mouths

The labor of love called parenting can be difficult  — even when your child is compliant and adoring. But when your simple requests or innocent remarks are met with sassy retorts, sullen silences, even eye rolling or shoulder shrugging, you can feel angry and discouraged or find yourself caught up in an argument neither of you […]

7 Bad Habits

Sucking their thumb, pulling their hair, picking their nose  — nearly all children find ways to relieve anxiety, boredom, or fatigue. There are many reasons that kids develop these coping mechanisms: Some imitate adults; others discover something pleasurable or relaxing and then repeat it until it becomes a way to help ease tension. Even well-meaning parents […]

No More Discipline Traps

When it comes to discipline, most of us, despite our best intentions, get into ruts. When our kids misbehave, we tend to rely on the same one or two techniques, even if they’re not the most appropriate or effective methods. Which is why the process of teaching self-control to their children can often leave the […]

Breastfeeding Myths

Most expectant and new mothers know that breastfeeding is recommended as the healthiest way to feed a baby, with approximately 70 percent of U.S. mothers now opting to nurse their newborns. Yet myths and misinformation about breastfeeding still abound and contribute to the diverse barriers that prevent some women from beginning or continuing to breastfeed. […]

Raising a Moral Child

As parents, we want our children to grow up to be good, kind people who are happy and successful. But while “values” is a popular buzzword these days, we’re not always sure of the best way to give our kids the solid foundation they need to withstand the inevitable growing pains and stresses of life. […]

Ask Dr. Mom: Rash Decisions

Q. My 9-month-old son recently developed a particularly bad diaper rash. I’ve been treating it with the same ointment I have used for him before, but this time it hasn’t helped. My mother says he got the rash because he’s cutting a new tooth. Is this true? What else can I do? A. Almost every […]

Sibling Rivalry Solutions

6 ways to stop sibling fighting © Stephanie Rausser It’s a fact of life: Siblings squabble. Ways to help make peace now and set them up for friendship later: Don’t play the blame game. Toddlers and preschoolers lack the problem-solving skills to settle spats, so they’ll need your help (and patience) to learn to share […]

The 7 Secrets of Successful Parents

My life has been devoted to children and families  — my own, and those I’ve encountered in my career as a pediatrician. My first baby was born only a few months before I started medical school, and my fifth child arrived seven years later, on the final day of my pediatric residency. These two paths  — medicine […]