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The American Academy of Pediatrics has changed their screen time recommendations, finally doing away with the 2-hour-a-day limit. Instead, the new recommendations focus more on quality of screen time rather than quantity. More than 80,000 apps are labeled as educational, but little research validates their quality. As a pediatrician and homeschooling mother of five children, policing my kids’ media use has become a daily occupation. Do you let your kids have more than 2 hours of screen time? If so, what content are they using/watching? Here is my list of 16 best educational websites and apps for 2016.
Melatonin is a natural hormone that regulates sleep. Anyone can buy melatonin for kids, even babies, at any drug store. It’s not FDA regulated, and its safety is controversial. Would you give it to your kids?
Hillary is predicted to win the female vote, but what do moms really think? Vote here and express your voice!
Cruz is thought to have a lead over Trump among likely republican voters, but what do moms think? Vote here and be heard now!
Trump is beating Rubio in the polls, but will moms really vote for Trump? Vote here and let your voice be heard now!
Dr. Ben Carson has been strong among older voters, but what do moms think? Would you vote for Dr. Carson over Donald Trump?
Vote here and let your voice be heard now.
According to recent results from the Stress in America Study, teens are now more stressed out than adults:
- 40% feel irritable or angry
- 36% feel nervous or anxious
- 31% feel overwhelmed due to stress in the past month
- 36% feel fatigued or tired, and
- Almost 30% reported feeling depressed or sad
8 ways teens are hurting themselves on purpose: true stories and honest opinions about teen stress and depression from the trenches.
Are your kids stressed out? Would you put your child on anxiety medication?
45% of Americans got the flu shot. Did you? Why or why not?
What is the flu, really?
About 2 million American kids are home schooled, and some have called homeschooling the “fasted growing educational trend.” Do parents have a right to home school? Should the government regulate it?
This pediatrician-mom home schools her own kids.
This pediatrician doesn’t always support homeschoolers.
Some people think picking your nose might actually be good for you, others feel it spreads germs. I think we all agree it’s gross. When did your kids stop picking their nose? How did you get them to break the habit?
Do guns and kids ever belong under the same roof? Some people feel the risk of gun-ownership is too high for families with children. Other parents feel guns help them protect their family. What do you think?
The United States remains one of three countries that don’t mandate paid maternity leave.
- About 50% of first-time moms in the United States are able to take any paid leave after childbirth.
- 20% of working women with young children receive leave with full pay, according to a review of the most recent Census data by the Washington, DC–based advocacy group National Partnership for Women & Families.
Is it time to change?
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children feels that children of any age should not be permitted to use public restrooms alone. Really? Seems rather impractical. When do you let your kids use public restrooms alone?
Moms have slept with their babies for most of antiquity, but many people feel sleeping with your baby in the same bed puts them at risk for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Do you sleep with your baby? (Or, did you sleep with your baby when (s)he was an infant?)
Would you intentionally send your child to kindergarten a year late so that they would be among the older children in the class?
Ricki Lake’s movie, “The Business of Being Born” has made many moms think seriously about home birth. Would you plan a home birth?