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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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Recent Articles

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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A New Vision of Technology and Our Youth

Over the past three years, I have written a lot about the issues of media/technology and our youth of today. Much of it is available on my Just Thinking site, and I encourage you to check out the articles/series that I have published about various topics, some of which include much more specific recommendations regarding how to address media/technology concerns. Through all of this, though, I realize that some people often look at recommendations such as mine from a restrictive standpoint, in much of the same way we might view health advice or religious beliefs. For this (and many other reasons), it is understandable that we would feel worn down by advice that does not naturally coalesce with how we and others might be living today. But beyond the perception of rules and restraint, there is another vision for media/technology and our youth that is aspirational. - See more at:

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Why 1:1 Is Not the Answer: Taking a Closer Look at Technology in the Schools

In the educational climate of today, nothing is perceived as more progressive than finding ways to digitalize everything students are doing.

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Sweaty, Smelly Teens and Tweens: How to Stop the Sweat

There comes a certain age when our kids start to smell and sweat like teens.  For most adolescents, this is a temporary phase that will improve with age.  A few will struggle with hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating) and osmidrosis (foul-smelling sweat)  for their whole lives.  Don’t worry-- with just a few tricks and the right antiperspirant, you can help your child control that sweaty smell all day long.  
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