I’ll be the first to admit it – I’m…not a huge fan of the dentist (and that’s just a slight understatement). And what scares me more is that my sentiment toward the dentist could be a huge factor to whether or not my child enjoys dental hygiene. I’m working on positive reinforcement, building up excitement for the dentist, and keeping fear, frustration, and anger out of it....more
Do you remember learning in Biology class about the scientist, Konrad Lorenz, who taught baby ducks to follow him around as if he were their mother. He found that there are critical windows when you can imprint behavior in ducks....more
Autism and Autism spectrum disorders are one of the biggest worries parents experience. In the last few years, we've seen an explosion of numbers of children diagnosed with Autism, we've seen the link between autism and vaccines debunked and more research on the subject....more
Girls six and seven years old should not have to go shopping for a bra.But in this day and age, it seems like that's exactly what they have to do. A new study reported in the journal Pediatrics found that very little girls are developing breasts earlier than ever before, increasing their risk of breast cancer and other health problems and subjecting them to taunts from boys that undermine their self esteem. The study's authors say exposure to toxic chemicals like Bisphenol A (BPA), some preservatives, and additives found in plastic may be among the reasons why....more
What happened to childhood? A new salon trend has girls before they reach puberty getting a "virgin" wax. Sounds outrageous to me. My big question is why? Evidently moms are scheduling virgin waxes for their young girls because they think getting a wax treatment at an early age will prevent future hair growth. That's news to me. I have never heard my pediatrician bring up virgin waxing as an option....more
I remember my last visit to my pediatrician, Dr. Monroe, when I was 13 years old. Dr. Monroe was a family staple who was passed down to us through our older cousins. From my first visit, when I was only a few weeks old to my last in my teen years, my pediatrician became more like a family friend. Not only was she my doctor, but also my siblings and other family members. On her office wall you could see pictures of all the Callahan children, from first violin recitals to high school & college graduations. During my last visit she gave me a gift.