Participation Trophies “Just Because”?


Pittsburgh Steeler linebacker James Harrison Harrison created quite a stir this week when he returned his 6 and 8-year-old sons’ sports “participation trophies.” Harrison posted a picture of the two trophies to his Instagram feed with the caption: “I’m not about to raise two boys to be men by making them believe they are entitled […] Continue Reading

The “Working Mom Blues” Hits A Higher Note


Working Moms have a difficult challenge trying to balance career with raising a child the way they ideally want to. Fatigue, frustration, guilt and feeling under-appreciated leave many women singing The Working Mom Blues. One of the most plaintive refrains of The Working Mom Blues is that they believe that the fact that they’re  working […] Continue Reading

Parenting Personality or Parenting Ego?

Dad and son

Every parent I’ve ever met, or worked with as a pediatrician, has wanted what’s best for their children and has wanted them to be happy and successful. Yet those same parents often find themselves projecting their own likes, desires, dreams, and biases onto their children. It makes sense: if there is something we enjoy or […] Continue Reading

Major League Dad Curt Schilling


Former Major League pitcher Curt Schilling has made news recently by staunchly standing up for his teenage daughter. When proud papa Schilling tweeted congratulations to his daughter for her acceptance to college, suddenly several “Twitter Trolls” started responding with vulgar, inappropriate comments, harassing his daughter. But Curt Schilling went into action, tracking down the “anonymous” […] Continue Reading

7 Steps to Picking the Best Pediatrician


One thing I’ve in my over 40 years as a pediatrician is that the bond a parent and child form with their pediatrician is critically important. I was very pleased, therefore, that Divya Raghavan invited me to contribute to her terrific post on “Seven Steps to Picking the Best Pediatrician.” I was honored to […] Continue Reading

The Working Mom Blues….

Bonnie Raitt by David Gans  (licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons)

Constant fatigue… No time for yourself… Frustrated… Guilt-ridden… Everybody wants something from you… Sounds like you’re singing The Working Mom Blues. With approximately 70% of women with children in the workforce, many mothers are at least humming that tune. Dads work too, of course, but somehow it always seems like Moms shoulder more of the […] Continue Reading

Is Spanking Lazy Parenting?


While it’s a step in the right direction that the Minnesota Vikings have reversed their decision and barred Adrian Peterson from team activities while his child-abuse case is pending, the fact that he is still receiving a full salary is still a disturbing sign that the NFL doesn’t take child abuse seriously. What I find particularly […] Continue Reading