Day #4: Be Smart about Daycare

Up front, I will admit my bias… I advocate children staying home with one or both parents as much as possible until they are school-aged.  You just cannot find anyone, no matter how much money you spend, that is more invested in your child’s safety, education, discipline, and overall health & well being than YOU.  That said, I understand that not everyone has the resources to allow for one parent to stay home (although this is mostly a choice rather than an absolute truth).  I also understand that even the best mommies and daddies need some precious time alone [Read more...]

Day #3: Your Kids are what YOU Eat

Now that you are not sitting in front of the stupid box 5 hours a day, you should have some free time on your hands.  Let me suggest that you use some of that time to think a little bit about what you feed your children. [Read more...]

Generic Infant Formula

The goal of this page is not to debate formula versus breast milk.  That debate is over and there is just no comparison between the two.  However, there are plenty of people that, either by choice or necessity, decide to formula feed their babies.  This is not for me to judge.  In fact our second son has been on formula since about 4 months of age.

The real question is… Do I really need expensive name brand formula? [Read more...]

Day # 2: Learn to Live Within Your Means

This may seem like a strange topic when we are considering the health of our children.  However, for a variety of reasons, children tend to suffer a great deal from the financial perils of their parents.  I have read all kinds of books on the subject and I have talked with many “financial experts.”  When I step back and look at things objectively, there is nothing magic about finances.  What is magic is the prosperity that comes from living within your means.  What is tragic is the turmoil that comes from living beyond them.  Again, I intend to argue that the bulk of this turmoil trickles down to your kids and adversely affects them for the rest of their life. [Read more...]

Day #1: Sell Your TV

Consider the following:

Several European countries forbid or severely curtail advertising to children; in the United States, on the other hand, selling to children is simply “business as usual.”  The average young person views more than 3000 ads per day on television (TV), on the Internet, on billboards, and in magazines.  Increasingly, advertisers are targeting younger and younger children in an effort to establish “brand-name preference” at as early an age as possible. [Read more...]

Take the 21-day Challenge

Inspired by a website that I recently visited, I decided to incorporate the 21-day challenge concept into my Blog.  So if you are up for a new challenge, sign up for email updates and take the challenge…

The Concept

I am putting together 21 different posts that cover what I feel are the 21 most important things for Smart Parents to consider when raising Healthy Kids. These posts come from my experience as both a pediatrician and a parent.  Since there are hundreds (if not thousands) of different considerations when raising kids, I will undoubtedly inject some of my own bias.  However, I will always do my best to distinguish between statements supported by fact and those of mere opinion. [Read more...]

Peak Fussiness

I am happy to report that we are at the 5-week mark with baby #2. In virtually every way baby #2 has been much easier than baby #1. Mostly we attribute this to less trial and error parenting on our part rather than any major difference [Read more...]

No Tylenol for Fever?

If you have read much of what I write about fever, you might find it strange that I tell parents not to give their children Tylenol™ and Motrin™ when they have a fever.  In fact, if you read my Myths & Facts section on fever you will see this:

Myth #3: If I reduce my child’s fever, they will get better sooner. [Read more...]

Babywise and the Infant Sling?

In the ongoing debate between Attachment parenting and Babywise parenting it seems that the infant sling is viewed as a tool for attachment parenting only and has no role in a Parent-Directed (Babywise) approach.  However, now that we have two children, my wife decided to test out the sling as a matter of necessity (better to have two free hands to chase our 2-year old around the house). [Read more...]

Quinoa with Black Beans and Cilantro

quinoa and black beansThis is one of my favorites.  It has a Mexican food flavor without all the added cheese, fat, and oil that often weighs down this kind of dish.  It is also very satisfying and easy to prepare.  Quinoa (pronounced “keen-waa”) is a grain that is full of protein and has a rice-like consistency when prepared.  Add the black beans, bell peppers and spices to make a meal that you are sure to enjoy. [Read more...]