Here are five essential games to play that will expand your child’s self awareness, improve their attention, and support healthy connections with the world.
According to a new study recently published in JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association) there is a significant association between the use of digital media and the subsequent symptoms of Attention Deficit Disorder (ADHD) (Ra et al 2018). This should come as no surprise to anyone who has watched their teenager doing homework while texting, face-timing, snap-chatting or instagramming.
After 25 years practicing pediatrics, and caring for thousands of children, I’ve noticed some patterns that offer me a deeper vision of health. I’d like to share some of those invaluable lessons with parents.
We stand at a crossroads in medicine today. Having practiced developmental pediatrics for the past 25 years, I have become increasingly frustrated by an alarming trend and find myself asking why we are drugging our children for the way they behave? Several recent reports have highlighted this phenomenon and they are worth mentioning here.
Once again Influenza is in the news causing panic. The signs of influenza are consistent with past years: red eyes, red lips, muscle aches and of course high fever. To ease your stress, here are a few tips to help your child weather the flu this year.
As the days become cooler and the fruit is ripening on the vines, our kids must go through the annual ritual of saying goodbye to the sweet carefree summertime and re-enter the world of institutionalized learning. Needless to say, this is not always greeted with exuberant cheers. And yet this time of transition can be a wonderful opportunity for your family to pause and prepare your child for the coming school year with a sense of heightened joy and anticipation rather than burden and stress.
In part 3 of this series I spoke about the ways our survival depends on a radical shift in our vision of health away from a one-size-fits-all medicine that defines us by our diseases, towards a more whole-hearted embrace of our diverse adaptive powers. This is most important when it comes to raising healthy children. Once we know who our child is, we will know exactly what he needs to be resilient in the world and find long-lasting health.
In the first two parts of this series we looked at the ways time and attention allow us to take back our healthcare from an industry that has occupied our lives for far too long. Adaptive Power to the People The real power of the 99% lies in its diversity. Studies have shown that the more diverse a group is, the more creative their problem solving will be. Our species’ adaptive power is defined by the variety of our human character strengths. Society may favor conformity in an effort to maintain order, but nature favors diversity, ensuring the kind of flexibility that is key to our long-term survival.