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How to help a child cope with anxiety

Is your child feeling anxious, sad or worried? As a parent, it’s only natural to be concerned, but these feelings are all part of a child’s normal development. However, if your child does not outgrow these fears and worries, it can lead to problems at home and school. When these anxieties persist, or when there are …

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Kids and COVID-19: What every parent needs to know

With COVID-19 still spreading in many communities, there are a number of concerns about how the virus will affect our kids, especially now that winter has arrived and school is in full swing.  As a pediatrician, let me first say that you are not alone in these worries — as a parent, it’s only natural …

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Keeping family traditions alive this holiday season

Holiday celebrations this year are going to look a bit different as we all continue to navigate the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. These winter months that are usually filled with excitement and anticipation may not feel the same for many of us this year — especially for our kids. Your children may be feeling anxious, disappointed …

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5 ways to help your child adapt to a new normal

Over the course of the last five months, our world has faced the challenges and changes brought on by COVID-19. There is no doubt that family units across the board have experienced shifts in their day-to-day routines, having no choice but to grow accustomed to life as we now know it.  Each day, we ingest new …

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Helping kids stay social while physical distancing

Spending time with friends is an important part of life for most children. Whether your child is a preschooler, elementary schooler, tween or teen, physical distancing can bring about feelings of isolation and loneliness. These ideas can help add some “normal” back into this abnormal time. Plenty of ideas and activities can be appropriate for …

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Helping siblings get along at home

Are your kids struggling to get along while cooped up in the house? With extended amounts of time at home due to COVID-19, you may be experiencing heightened difficulty keeping the peace. Even during the normal routines of life, when your children are home after school or during the weekends, you may observe tension and fighting …

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How to help kids cope with coronavirus changes

Every child responds differently to change. How your child will react to life changes depends heavily on their age and stage of development. Helping children — toddlers and teenagers included — understand new rules, roles and regulations can be difficult, especially when parents might be experiencing their own disruption to routine due to the COVID-19 …

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Talking to your kids about the novel coronavirus disease

As a parent during the COVID-19 pandemic, there’s no avoiding the topic of conversation with your kids. News about the virus is everywhere, and children of all ages are feeling the effects. With school closures, event cancellations, quarantine fears and unusual work-from-home policies, your kids may be asking some tough questions. Here are a few …

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My daughter’s journey with Down Syndrome and Type 1 diabetes

Our world changed on June 2, 2015, at 9:28 p.m. when Charlotte Grace Keilty was born six weeks early in Weiden, Germany. Within a couple hours of Charlotte’s arrival, the doctors informed us that they believed Charlotte had Down Syndrome. Although the official test took a week, she exhibited all of the physical traits, including a space between her big and …

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