Warmer weather means more time outside and long sunny days. This yields many benefits - less screen time, fun outdoor activities and a chance for the whole family to exercise together. When your plans call for children and teens to take to their wheels - bicycle, scooter or otherwise - it is imperative that they consistently and correctly wear a helmet. There are many emergency room visits … [Read more...] about Use Your Head – Wear A Helmet
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According to its annual report, the Philadelphia Fire Department responded to almost 300,000 emergency incidents in a recent year. House fires may be more common than you think – is your family prepared? We grow up having fire drills in school, standing outside with our friends chatting and hoping our teacher forgot about the quiz we were supposed to have. We install smoke detectors and carbon … [Read more...] about Making a Family Fire Safety Plan
Our Philadelphia & Main Line pediatrician writes to parents on the importance of reading to your child. "At the moment that we persuade a child, any child, to cross that threshold, that magic threshold into a library, we change their lives forever, for the better. It’s an enormous force for good." – Barack Obama 2010 My wife and I (attempt to) run a tight ship when it comes to the … [Read more...] about All You Need Is A Book: The Importance of Reading to Your Child
This blog is our first entry about screen time for kids, a pressing issue for Philadelphia and Main Line parents in the age of digital interactive media. Confession # 1: I love my TV. At the end of a long day, I love flipping through channels, watching a game, or catching up on a show. It relaxes me. When I was a kid, I loved to watch a show or two after school and lounge in front of cartoons … [Read more...] about I Love My Phone & Computer: A Discussion About the Benefits, Pitfalls and Challenges of Screen Time
Enjoy the Gift of Health this Season The holidays stir up many memories in our minds. Sitting by the fire, playing in the snow, laughter, hugs and greetings from friends and family both near and far. Unfortunately, the holidays occur in the midst of cold and flu season - and the good will of the season does not make us immune from germs! Close-quarter gatherings, packed schedules and less sleep … [Read more...] about Stay Healthy for the Holidays
Spring is right around the corner! This is a popular time for many of us to shake off the winter blues, pack up our bags, and head off to warmer places. We want to help these opportunities for new family memories to be as healthy as possible for your children. Depending on travel location, you and your children may be at risk for certain infections including traveler's diarrhea, typhoid fever, … [Read more...] about Travel Safety