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7 Reasons Why Your Child Needs a Catholic Pediatrician

Why your child needs a Catholic Pediatrician

I used to believe we should leave medicine to the doctors and faith to the Church.  I didn’t really understand that my pediatrician would become a personal mentor for me as I navigated parenthood.   I didn’t really consider that my pediatrician would become a private confidant of my children, discussing sensitive issues behind closed doors. 

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Many Parts…All One Body

A 13-year-old female enters my office.  Her parents brought her in because her depression has become so intense that she frequently tries to avoid going to school and has stopped doing much with her friends, other than online activities.  She has started eating more, is tired all the time, and just wants to stay in her room.  Her grades have gradually declined over the past five years despite being an A student in elementary school.  She ruminates frequently and often seeks reassurance from her mom for various worries.

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Grrrrrit: The Art of Persistence

Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not: nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not: the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. - Calvin Coolidge

As a young boy, Louis “Louie” Zamperini found himself headed down the wrong road in an early life of petty crime and alcohol. That was until his brother convinced him to start running, and running hard. In just a few short years, Louie found himself as the fastest high school runner in the country. In 1936, he competed as an Olympic athlete in Berlin as Hitler looked on.

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Someday When You Are an Adult…

At one point or another, most of us heard it when we were a kid.  Probably more than we wanted.  Whether our parents decided that our requests were too far-fetched or we were unprepared for the privileges and objects we desired, it was very likely that those six fateful words made their way to our ears.  Our reactions spanned from resignation to indignation to condemnation that all may have felt like this:  “You just don’t understand.”  But whatever our response was, and whatever reason was behind our parents uttering those fateful words, we all understood one thing:  our time would come, b

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Does my baby need an organic crib mattress? Answers from a mom-pediatrician

Are organic crib mattresses safer for babies?  What are the risks of traditional crib mattresses and are organic crib mattresses worth the extra money?  What about breathable crib mattresses?

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True confession: I accidentally showed my kids porn

It’s true, I had naked people all over the big-screen TV in my living room. I was trying to show a YouTube science video when I accidently pulled up a soft porn video. Flustered, I rushed to turn off the TV while my kids cackled in laughter. I tried to pretend it wasn’t a big deal, but my kids couldn’t stop laughing and I couldn’t hide my distress. My oldest was 10 at the time, and I knew he would never forget it.


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Say What? Understanding That What We Say--and How We Say It--Changes Lives

In 1963, Lyman Wynne and Margaret Singer introduced the concept of communication deviance (CD) to describe fragmented patterns of interaction that were characterized by vagueness, interrupting, lack of closure, and irrelevant comments.  CD frequently occurs when actions, words, and nonverbal cues regularly contradict each other and are not conducive to direct, clear communication.  As the decades persisted, research increasingly indicated that youth who grew up in fam

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5 reasons why eating family meals keeps your kids healthy and the medical research behind it all

Eating at least 3 family meals together each week is associated with healthier kids, according to a

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Kids and the Flu Shot: 11 Things Every Parent Needs to Know about the 2015-2016 Influenza Vaccine

The flu season is here and I have started to see positive influenza testing.  It’s time to get flu shots for your family before your house is full of fevers and dripping noses.  Here are 11 things you need to know about the 2015-2016 influenza vaccine:


  1. The flu vaccine is essential for children:

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