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Temper Tantrums

When my daughter was a toddler, she would stand next to me and scream until I picked her up. This went on until it was pointed out to me (I’m not the sharpest knife in the drawer) that she would continue to cry to be picked up until I stopped picking her up when she […]

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How to modify a child’s behavior

In a classic experiment, rats were placed in identical cages. Each cage had a bar that could be pressed down. In cage 1, pressing the bar resulted in food being dispensed, every time. In cage 2, pressing the bar resulted in nothing happening. In cage 3, pressing the bar resulted in food sometimes being dispensed […]

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Media and Sexual Exploitation

Parents feel sad and horrified when they hear of the sexual abuse or exploitation of a child or young teen. We are concerned that we do everything possible to protect our children from such abuse – but what specific actions can we take?  How can we help our children and adolescents recognize individuals who might […]

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Obamacare

Healthcare.gov

Do you  find it hard to understand Obamacare?  If so, you are not alone.  My son, a healthy medical student in his twenties, still has medical insurance through my job.  However, like many people in the country, I got a letter saying that the affordable care act makes his health insurance product illegal.  If no […]

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The Condom Myth

Gainesville, Florida – November 20, 2013 – The recent policy statement by the American Academy of Pediatrics urging pediatricians to distribute condoms to their adolescent patients is misguided, unfounded, and potentially harmful to the sexual and mental health of America’s young people. The statement justifies condom distribution by advocating the myth of “safe sex”. The […]

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Pixels or Patients?

Pixels or patients?  That is a choice that government mandated EMR (electronic medical records) has foisted upon me.  Not so long ago, I could actually look folks in the face as I listened to what was going on with their children.  Now, I spend much of the time, looking for the right boxes to click.  […]

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Harvey Milk day

Harvey Milk a hero – really?

The state of California recently came up with a new state holiday:  Harvey Milk Day.  The US postal service even came up with a Harvey Milk commemorative postage stamp.  So….Who was Harvey Milk?  The short answer is that he was a San Francisco city commissioner.  He became famous for being one of the first openly homosexual […]

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Spanking and Child Development

In October 2013 issue of Pediatrics, MacKenzie, et al. claim in the article “Spanking and Child Development Across the First Decade of Life” that spanking has negative effects on child behavioral and cognitive development from birth through 9 years of age. This, however, is yet another inadequately supported attempt to disenfranchise parents from appropriate use of […]

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little cowboy

Priorities

Today, my nurse’s son goes in for surgery.  Eleven year old Slayton has alveolar sarcoma (a rare type of soft tissue cancer) in his leg.  Slayton’s  mom has been out from work for over a week now due to this scary event.  Understandably, she is too upset to be able to function and  she needs to be […]

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listen

Listen, listen, listen!

When I was a resident, a woman brought her child to me and told me “there is something wrong with my child.” I asked her what was wrong and she could not explain what was wrong; she just knew that something was wrong. I examined the child and finding nothing wrong, told her so. She […]

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