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Empowering Parents for SuccessFri, 09 Nov 2018 11:29:46 +0000
Comment on The Talk: how and when to get the conversation started by Kristen Kasper Stuppy
Fri, 09 Nov 2018 11:29:46 +0000https://thepediatricninja.com/?p=2206#comment-536I agree about starting early. Kids are naturally curious and you can teach to their level. When the approach the age many parents think to start talking, kids often are too embarrased and avoid the converstation. It’s too awkward by then. Pland the seed early and it is much more natural!
Comment on Think your kid is ready for after school activities? Consider these Rules. by Kristen Stuppy
Wed, 15 Aug 2018 01:27:06 +0000https://thepediatricninja.com/?p=1967#comment-457I fell into the trap of over scheduling with one of my kids. I was strong in resisting it with my first. We made him choose between two sports because I didn’t want him doing too much. Then with my 2nd, my resistance fell. She loved dance and there were so many classes offered. Regular classes plus performance and competition groups added up. She begged and promised to keep up with homework. It initially seemed to help her get her homework done, since she didn’t have time to do it after dance class so it had to be done first. She was motivated to get right to it so she could get to dance, rather than procrastinating and complaining. In hindsight it was very stressful for her and she wasn’t alone. The kids at the studio were for the most part sleep deprived and crabby. Her entire mood changed when she moved to a studio that didn’t encourage so many hours and she cut back on dance hours considerably. Remember it’s not the number of activities, but the hours spent each week. Many experts recommend no more hours per week than their age, so an 8 year old should do no more than 8 hours of extracurriculars. That “rule” can make it easy to set limits!
Comment on Afraid You Will Never Sleep Again? How to help your breastfeeding baby sleep. by Kristen Stuppy
Sat, 11 Aug 2018 03:23:18 +0000https://thepediatricninja.com/?p=1948#comment-456This is all great advice! We all need sleep, but we need to learn to do it safely when newborns are involved.
Comment on How to Recognize Anaphylaxis by Kristen Stuppy
Thu, 09 Aug 2018 12:12:51 +0000https://thepediatricninja.com/?p=1837#comment-455This is great information! As a pediatrician, I find that a lot of adults (including school nurses) are afraid to follow the action plans by giving epinephrine. They worry that a “shot” will hurt. If the child is having anaphylaxis, it can save their life. Knowing if they’re having anaphylaxis is important!
Comment on Healthy Sleep Habits for School by Kristen Stuppy
Mon, 06 Aug 2018 12:52:23 +0000https://thepediatricninja.com/?p=1824#comment-454With summer vacation coming to a close, I know a lot of families who have to get back into the school schedule. No time like the present!
Comment on What to Consider if Your Child Needs Medication at School by Kristen Stuppy
Sun, 05 Aug 2018 21:01:49 +0000https://thepediatricninja.com/?p=1811#comment-453This is a fantastic reminder to all parents of school aged kids. I recommend whenever you sign your kids up, whether it’s school, a camp or a sport: learn what forms are required and be sure they can be done. So many kids scramble at the last minute for a physical because it’s been too long since the last one to sign the form. Keep your kids up to date with their well visits and bring all the forms to that visit!
Comment on Are you ready for school? Set up those ROUTINES! by Dr. Jenny Seawell
Tue, 31 Jul 2018 18:01:13 +0000https://thepediatricninja.com/?p=1690#comment-430This is so true!! And what works is different for each family. Thanks for commenting! 🙂
Comment on Are you ready for school? Set up those ROUTINES! by Kristen Stuppy
Tue, 31 Jul 2018 14:54:48 +0000https://thepediatricninja.com/?p=1690#comment-429It seems that summer gets shorter each year! I struggled so much with getting out the door when my kids were young. We learned a lot along the way. A big thing was starting the night before. As your list suggests, there’s more to do then than in the morning! The more we did at night (such as pick out clothes, pack the backpack) the less there was to do in the morning. My youngest especially had a hard time, so we had the morning routine down to getting dressed, eating, and brushing teeth in 15 minutes. This allowed her to sleep until the last minute. She needed the sleep, and unfortunately activities kept her up late. You do what you gotta do!
Comment on Welcome to the Terrible Tantrums by Dr. Jenny Seawell
Fri, 06 Jul 2018 23:51:59 +0000https://thepediatricninja.com/?p=86#comment-10Great points! I love limited options for the littles 🙂
Comment on Welcome to the Terrible Tantrums by Crystal Vernon
Fri, 06 Jul 2018 11:14:47 +0000https://thepediatricninja.com/?p=86#comment-9To your point in #4 I like giving choices within boundaries. For example, you can choose from one of these 3 shirts but you will get dressed. Remember that the independence factor is at play. Kids want to prove they can do it. How many times do you hear “I do it!” So offering a limited option, rather than a forced single option or an unlimited/overwhelming choice, is easier for little brains to navigate. Basically, moms can be manipulators, teaching their kiddos to be express independence in a controlled environment.