Ready or Not… Here Comes Kindergarten!

It’s August, so making the decision if your child is ready for kindergarten is at hand. One of the most common myths about this decision is that it should be based on your child’s chronological age. Whether your child is…

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How Kids Feel when Parents Fight

ABC and NBC are flooding the T.V. market place with parenting advice. Between the Super Nanny and The Baby Borrowers you’d think America’s parents don’t have clue about how to care for their own children. Well I think that is…

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Read Redbook and Learn the Power of Play!

Probably like the rest of you, when traveling I pick up something to read on the plane. So, I thought I’d share with you a Redbook article that sums up what I think we all need to remember about kids,…

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No One Wants to Talk About It… Masturbation.

Here is a very common and thoughtful e-mail from a childcare provider. I have a 5 year old in my care who is starting to touch himself. He does it when I am not looking and when he notices I…

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The Kids Who Care Club… like having Oprah in the OC

Ann Marie Jennison, one of Southern California’s most outstanding philanthropic moms took a page out of Oprah’s book (Oprah’s Big Give TV show) and created the big idea to teach the kids in the O.C. how to positively touch peoples…

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Eating Dinner With Your Kids Stops Violence

The age-old debate about nature vs. nurture is never ending. A recently released study of 20,000 adolescent boys in grades 7-12 discovered there is a common gene (MAOA) where antisocial, violent behavior exists. The most interesting part of this University…

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I’m freaked out my kid is climbing

Dear Dr. Ann, We found my 17-month old daughter standing at the foot of her crib 4 feet from the ground today (it freaked us out). She had obviously climbed up the drawers at the end of the crib. What…

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Stubborn Car Seat Kids…

Hi Dr. Corwin— My 3 1/2 year old son periodically refuses to get in his car seat. I have carpal tunnel and a bad back, so can no longer carry him. He knows this, so he is winning the control…

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Dinnertime hassles

I have some frustration with my 21-month old son at dinnertime.  Because his high chair is so high he puts his feet on the table.  I tell him, “no feet on the table” every single time and he won’t stop doing it.…

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Divorce Makes Kids Mad!

I am a Pediatrician going through divorce. I have a 4 and 7-year-old boy who hit, kick, push and call me names. They are great at school and with other parents, but when I am with them, I become their…

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