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Doctor’s ℞: An Attitude of Gratitude is Good for the Heart and Soul

by Jennifer A. Gardner, M.D. on December 18, 2013

Christmas is the Perfect Time for Gratitude

Christmas is the perfect time for gratitude, and it is something we can actively promote in our children.

And gratitude is not only polite and appreciated, it turns out it is good for our emotional health; our very heart and soul!

Learn how you can instill gratitude in your child this year . . .

A Doctor’s ℞: How to Choose the Right Preschool For Your Child

by Jennifer A. Gardner, M.D. on May 08, 2013

Picking the best preschool for your child is an important task, and one that goes well beyond academics.

Just as important as the school’s educational philosophy and physical facility is school safety, fire procedures, discipline strategies, and sick policy—to name only a few. Take the time now to get this important decision right and reap the benefits later! I am so glad you are taking this responsibility seriously and hope that you find the very best for your child. Having just gone through the process recently, I thought I would share what I learned.
Use this article as a handy checklist to take with you on your preschool interviews. The focus of this article is preschool, but most of these questions apply to daycare or kindergarden as well.


Top 10 Time Tested Teething Tips To Temper a Tantruming Teether

by Jennifer A. Gardner, M.D. on May 07, 2013

The Teething Tango 
Many parents are caught by surprise with teething because the onset is often abrupt (no supplies on hand) or insidious (initially unrecognized until symptoms reach critical mass).
As a pediatrician I know teething is tough for babies and parents—so you need solutions that work!
This article offers many remedies you likely already have in your home. And because every baby is different, included is a large arsenal of common teething remedies to choose from...


5 Phrases to Avoid Using With Your Child: Words can hurt, but they don’t have to!

by Jennifer A. Gardner, M.D. on May 01, 2013

In parts 1 and 2 we learned that building a repertoire of healthy words and phrases and using them often can help children feel loved and respected. This contributes to the development of healthy self esteem, one of the most important tasks of childhood.
In part 3, we show you how certain phrases can negatively impact your child’s development, and give better alternatives to these overused, ineffective, and trite phrases.

Key Words and Phrases To Use with Children to Promote Self Esteem and Build Stronger Relationships

by Jennifer A. Gardner, M.D. on April 26, 2013

Words don't just count. Words change lives. 

In Part 1, parents were encouraged to explore how tone (“parental voice”) subtly influences children. The power in a parent's voice must never be underestimated, its impact is long lasting and far reaching.
In Part 2, parents are encouraged to build a repertoire of positive, healthy words and phrases and to use them often with children.
Over time and with practice, these healthy words and phrases become second nature, allowing parents to communicate more positively and effectively. 


Part 2 of 3: using words to boost confidence, cooperation and maturity

Talk, Talk! How Parents Can Use Words to Build Strong Relationships and Promote Positive Self Esteem

by Jennifer A. Gardner, M.D. on April 22, 2013

Words don't just count. Words change lives.

I want to encourage parents to explore how words and phrases subtly influence children, and to encourage parents to make it a habit to "think before speaking."
It is true that if we boil our entire relationship with our children down to only a few words, it would have to include the word talk. 
We spend so much time talking to our children that words begin to flow from our lips effortlessly and often without thought. We talk so much we sometimes become background chatter to our own children!
But most of the time they are listening, and your choice of words and style of communication impacts your children now and forever...


Part 1 of 3: The importance of tone when speaking to children