Parents Polling Place

Dear families, I won’t be able to watch “The Baby Borrowers” for the next two weeks, so wanted to ask you for some help. I’d like to invite you to use my site as a sort of polling place where…

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Bonding at Birth…a Huge G.I.F.T. for Orange County Newborns

G.I.F.T. or Giving Intimate Family Time is the American Academy of Pediatrics recommended practice of immediate skin-to-skin contact between mother and newborn. Here is how it’s done: A quick check is done to be sure the baby is thriving outside…

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Some 4 year olds cannot poop in the toilet

Dr. Ann, My 4 year old daughter is very bright; she wears panties and is completely potty trained for peeing, however, requests diapers for pooping. Over this past year, we have tried various methods, bribery, pooping on the potty, making…

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Borrow a cup of sugar maybe, but babies…what are parents thinking?

Network television has sunk to a new low with the premiere of NBC’s “The Baby Borrowers”. I don’t cry very easily, especially by female standards, but I was reduced to tears last night while watching this show and the horrific…

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ZERO TO THREE Statement Regarding NBC’s Reality Series “Baby Borrowers”

“It’s not TV, it’s birth control” is how NBC promotes its new reality series “Baby Borrowers.” On June 25th, the show will be launched on national television as an “intriguing new social experiment that asks five diverse teenage couples to…

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The Teen “Pregnancy Pact” Controversy Continues

The teen “Pregnancy Pact” controversy continues with an article in USA Today. For generations adults have tired to figure out and then put a stop to teen pregnancy. Everyone has someone to blame. It might be those who encourage birth…

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3 Year Old Missing His Dad

We just moved from Michigan to California 3 months ago. We went from a big house, big yard, to a condo and no yard or swing set. . My husband works all the time and the 1st 4 months we…

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Scared to take a vacation with your 2 1/2 year old… Here’s How!

Dear Dr. Ann, I am going away for the weekend without my 2 1/2 year old daughter for the first time. I wanted some tips on how to make it easy for her and me. Cindy, Dear Cindy, Kids at…

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Do you have a strong-willed child? Sorting Out the SuperNanny…

Do you have a strong-willed child?  Super Nanny gave us a taste last night of how we label kids with this term.  There are tons of books out there on ‘strong willed’ kids.  But, have you ever seen a book…

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My Kids Don’t Listen to Me!

Hi Dr. Ann. How do I get my children to acknowledge what I am telling them…my son seems to always make noises, shake his head around…while I’m trying to tell him something…I try to get him to say “ok mom”…

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