Not too long ago, we were sitting at family dinner when my 6-year-old informed me that she had to sit on the “friend bench” at recess. Upon further questioning, I discovered “the friend bench” was the kindergarten teacher’s clever way of helping kids recognize and include other kids who were being left out and needed a friend to play with. My kid sat on the bench by herself. I was heart-broken. I had volunteered in her classroom a lot. She had lots of friends at school and in her class. I had to figure out what was going on. If...Read More
Month: June 2017
The taboo topic of masturbating comes up surprisingly often in my office. Parents are afraid to talk about it, but are concerned that their child is doing it. The ultimate question is what do I do about it? What is masturbating? Masturbating is self-stimulation of the genitals. It is a normal part of development in childhood and not a sign of sexual deviation. It is very common, even at a very young age. What is normal? Young kids Kids, as young as a few months old, discover that masturbating feels good and engage in the behavior. It may take...Read More
One sure-fire way to rip your parental heart out is to find that your kid has no friends at school or is being left out. As parents, we all want to help our kids. The problem is, we can’t navigate the social nuances of the playground or party invitation list. While you can’t do everything, there certainly are some things you can do to help. The approach is a little different depending on the age of your child. Young children (1-3 years): When children are very young, you can have the most influence. In these early years, none of...Read More
I was a worrier as a kid. I was sure my dad, who traveled a lot, was going to die in a plane crash. I thought the night stalker I heard about on the news was going to climb into my room at night and kill me. The funny thing is, I never told my parents about any of my worries. How I handled it was tragic because I’m sure my parents would have helped assuage some of my fears. As a parent, have you ever wondered if your child’s fears are normal? How common are fears? Fears are...Read More
Dr. Monica Wonnacott
I'm a pediatrician and a mom. PediatricAnswers.com is my blog where parents can get the straight scoop on their child's health, largely based on my experience in the office and at home. I don't diagnose on the site, so please don't ask. These are just my opinions. Use this site as a resource. And trust your parent gut.
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