Healthy Living

The past few weeks have been confusing for some parents who have kids going through the teething phase. I’ve witnessed this first hand when answering calls for the Drug and Poison Information Center. Overwhelmingly, the most frequently asked question is: “I’ve given my › Continue Reading

Children in some neighborhoods of Cincinnati can expect to live nearly 20 years less than children in other neighborhoods. Let me restate that. Children in some neighborhoods of Cincinnati can expect to live nearly 20 years less than children in › Continue Reading

Preschool temper tantrums. Every parent has been through it, some of us more than others. Having a preschooler of my own gave me new perspective on this topic, as a psychologist specializing in preschool behavior and development. It was apparent › Continue Reading

It’s that time of year when pumpkins are placed on porches, witches suspend from trees, and sweet treats are available everywhere you go!  With Halloween just around the corner, balancing healthy habits with seasonal treats may seem like a tricky task › Continue Reading

As parents, we’ve all been there. Yesterday your child was down and out with a fever, this morning he’s done a complete 180 and is raring to go. So do you allow him to go to school or keep him › Continue Reading

Now that the school year is in full swing, parents may be feeling the need for lunch-packing inspiration! With food allergies on everyone’s minds, many schools are going “nut-free.” If your child is nut-allergic or not nut-allergic but attending a › Continue Reading

Over the past couple of years there have been some trailblazers in the transgender community, helping to build awareness for this group of people. Transgender is an umbrella term for people who experience their gender differently from their gender at › Continue Reading

Somewhere along the way, snacks immediately following youth athletics got complicated – not to mention unhealthy! What used to be orange slices and water has turned into the complex organization of salty and sugar-laden treats and drinks. As a dietitian › Continue Reading

It might seem counter-intuitive to have perfectionism and failure in the same sentence. But if your children have perfectionistic tendencies, balancing the relationship between the two can help them cope better with the challenges that most certainly lie ahead. There › Continue Reading

Every time I hear about another account of school violence, my heart sinks and I think about how I can speed up my current research efforts so that we could potentially have a better system in place for preventing these › Continue Reading

As every parent can attest, the bedtime struggle is real! In fact, I don’t know a single parent, whether through my practice or via personal relationships, that hasn’t struggled with bedtime throughout their kid’s childhood. The sleep conversation is important › Continue Reading

Susan B. Anthony once said this.  “Let me tell you what I think of bicycling. I think it has done more to emancipate women than anything else in the world. It gives women a feeling of freedom and self-reliance. I › Continue Reading

The back-to-school chatter has begun. School supply ads are all over the place. Notebooks and pens are taking over the seasonal aisle, pushing beach towels and water balloons aside to the clearance rack. As much as some of us would › Continue Reading

Summer is an exciting time for kids and families alike, as the days are filled with camps, sleep-overs and vacations. During this time, parents of children with food allergies have the extra challenge of figuring out how to navigate their child’s › Continue Reading
For parents who have recently had a baby and are in the newborn and early infant phase, this period of time can offer some of the most precious and rewarding – yet challenging moments of parenthood. Two of those challenges › Continue Reading

When you’re pregnant, keeping track of all of the things that are unsafe to eat can feel a little overwhelming. High levels of mercury in fish is one of those exposures that has been well documented as being detrimental to › Continue Reading

I think it’s safe to say that most parents are excited when the weather begins to change and Spring blossoms. Among other things, it means their kids will have nicer weather for more outdoor play. But the nicer weather can › Continue Reading

Starting infants on solid foods not only provides nutrition, but also gives them a valuable opportunity to learn about different tastes, odors, and textures — which is an important milestone for all babies, regardless of whether or not there is a › Continue Reading

When your child is diagnosed with celiac disease, deciding what to eat can feel overwhelming! That's why we've put together a list of safe and unsafe ingredients for kids and parents to reference. The good news is that there are many gluten-free grains › Continue Reading

This quote is appropriately displayed on our participants’ bib holders, which they will be able to frame after they finish the progressive Flying Pig Marathon: “The miracle isn’t that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to › Continue Reading

Like many families, I try to do the best I can to keep my children healthy throughout the year so that they don’t miss out on important and fun events. Especially during cold and flu season, I like building immunity › Continue Reading

Kids are jumping for joy because summertime is almost here. While your son or daughter is likely counting down to the last day of school now, it won’t be long before he or she is complaining of boredom later. If your child › Continue Reading

Resiliency. It’s a word that’s spoken about frequently with psychologists working with youth – and with good reason. Adversity is an inevitable part of the human experience. Whether due to potentially life-changing situations (e.g., having a major illness, experiencing loss, › Continue Reading

Parents often ask me: “Should I let my kid play football?” Or hockey, or lacrosse, or soccer, or any other contact sport. Their biggest concern with these sports has to do with concussions, and rightfully so. The concussion topic has been › Continue Reading
 As a nurse who teaches suicide prevention, I believe knowing the warning signs of suicide can be especially helpful for parents who might not have considered the possibility of this happening to their child. However, it is also important to › Continue Reading