| Sep 26, 2014
| 8:22 PM
America is a nation intensely divided on the issue of spanking young children.
Leading child development organizations such as The America Academy of Pediatrics, the American Psychological Association and the National Association for the Education of...
| Sep 26, 2014
| 5:51 PM
If you are the parent of an older child or teen, you may not think about his or her day-to-day medical needs as often as you did during early childhood. But older kids also are dependent on you, especially when it comes to emotional health and wellness....
| Sep 26, 2014
| 12:07 PM
When babies are born, their minds are still a work in progress, and their brains will rapidly grow and develop based on their experience. That means the first few years are critical for healthy brain development.
“Parents play a daily role in...
| Sep 25, 2014
| 1:55 PM
Vaccinations are a safe and effective way to protect your child against dangerous infectious diseases. Thanks to immunizations, polio, diphtheria and tetanus (lockjaw) have almost disappeared in the United States, and each year vaccines save an...
| Sep 24, 2014
| 7:54 PM
I didn't want to comment on the article appearing in the Valley Sun titled, “Mom: Teens need more sleep.” I had other fish to fry but the idea that school days should be started later to give teens more sleep rubbed me the wrong way....
| Sep 23, 2014
| 9:00 AM
In his commentary ("What is and is not child abuse," Sept. 21), Leonard Pitts argues that "A parent must be loving, accessible, involved, but also an authority figure, the one who sets limits, and imposes real and painful consequences for kids who flout...
| Aug 27, 2014
| 8:40 AM
This month more than 50 million American children will report to our public and elementary school systems to begin another school year, bringing with them not only new books, laptops, smartphones and iPads, but also their parents' hopes and dreams for a...
| Aug 29, 2014
| 11:39 AM
It’s autumn and this time of year, everyone’s schedule slows down a bit, as outdoor activities wind down and kids return to school. But they still get everyday minor health ailments, such as headaches and insomnia from back-to-school...
| Aug 31, 2014
Q: My child is beginning kindergarten this year, but I am having second thoughts about his readiness. I want him to be successful in school and I am not sure what to do. How can I tell if he is ready?
A: Kindergarten readiness is not just about...
| Aug 25, 2014
| 1:27 PM
If you thought trying to get a groggy teenager out of bed in time for school each morning was your own private struggle, you thought wrong.
The American Academy of Pediatrics declared the chronic sleepiness of our nation's teenagers a public health...
| Aug 26, 2014
| 7:46 AM
American teenagers don't get enough sleep, often because their "biological sleep rhythms" clash with the wake-up times required by their schools' early starts -- and that's a problem says the American Academy of Pediatrics. The physicians group this...