The Healthy Kids’ Blog: Bee Healthy Musings, Tidbits and Tips to help raise Healthy Kids!

Top Ten Mistakes Most People Make When Setting Goals and How to Avoid Them

by Jennifer A. Gardner, M.D. on January 03, 2014

This is a time of year when we all make New Year’s Resolutions. Yet astonishingly, 70% of people abandon their resolutions in the FIRST week! Since we all start out with good intentions, what goes wrong?

This is a topic near and dear to me, as I want to see all our families succeed on the Healthy Kids Program. The roadblocks that separate success from failure are the same for adults and children; fortunately careful planning removes most of these.

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 . . .

How to Keep Your Kids Safe In the Water

by Jennifer A. Gardner, M.D. on July 11, 2013

Water, Water Everywhere . . . .

Key Tips On How to Keep Your Kids Safe In the Water

Now that July is here, it's hot outside, and the water looks oh so cool and inviting, . . . it is a great time to take a plunge.

Whether you and your kids venture into the ocean, a pool, lake, or pond, there are certain guidelines you should follow to keep your children safe. Much of this may seem like common sense, but almost 1,000 children drown each year, which suggests that at least some parents do not practice water safety.

Doctor’s ℞: Think You Know the Top Feeding Mistakes Nearly All Parents Make?

by Jennifer A. Gardner, M.D. on June 17, 2013

Part 2 of 3: Top Feeding Mistakes Parents Make Feeding Kids and How to Avoid Them 

In Part 1, we reviewed a proven feeding system for children that, when followed properly, avoids nearly all the common feeding mistakes parents make and promotes bringing structure and order to feeds.

In Part 2, you will now learn the two biggest feeding mistakes almost all parents make at one point and why they backfire. You will also learn what normal feeding patterns are in childhood and what your child was born to do—eat a variety of foods in healthy amounts to support growth and development and stay energized.

In Part 3, we offer fool proof tips for feeding children without stress or fighting

Can you guess the two biggest mistakes?

Doctor’s ℞: Tired of Food Fights?  Here’s a Simple, Fool Proof Approach to Feeding Your Kids!

by Jennifer A. Gardner, M.D. on June 11, 2013

You are probably aware that our country has an obesity crisis. But do you know that this is likely the result of a feeding crisis?

Poor feeding practices in the home set the stage for dysfunctional eating in childhood and adulthood (either overeating or under-eating). Establishing healthy eating patterns in childhood is probably the single most important thing you can do to ensure a healthy future for your child!

Talk to almost any parent, and they can recite a list of feeding challenges encountered along the way. As parents, it is how we choose to approach these predictable feeding challenges that set the stage for our children’s future health! I think this warrants the time to learn the best feeding practices for kids.


In this three part series, your will learn:

Part 1: The Division of Responsibility (DOR) and how to use it to bring structure and order to feedings

Part 2: The most Common Feeding Mistakes and how the DOR avoids them

Part 3:  Ten Important Feeding Tips for any family struggling to improve their child’s diet.

Hurray, It’s Meatless Monday! Two Simple Rules For Cooking Fish Will Boost Your Kitchen Confidence.

by Jennifer A. Gardner, M.D. on June 03, 2013

At Healthy Kids Co., we love a juicy burger as much as anyone, but recommend replacing at least one meal a week with a meatless option. 

Try to remember this by committing to "Meatless Mondays." One obvious place to start is with fish. Fish is a great health food when prepared properly, but cooking fish intimidates many of us—not just fish phobics. It shouldn’t!

A few simple rules will help you confidently cook fish and start making it more. Even if you don’t like fish, you should make it for your family so they develop a taste for this heart healthy food! Fish cooks much faster than meat or chicken. Because fish only requires short marinating times to flavor (unlike meat, lengthy marinades to tenderize are never needed), it is perfect for busy weekday dinners.

Most fish can be prepared quickly and easily. Here is a primer for buying and preparing fish.

A Doctor’s ℞: How to decide if it’s time to find a new doctor or practice

by Jennifer A. Gardner, M.D. on May 20, 2013

Breaking up is hard to do!

This is a difficult decision, especially if your child has been seen by this practice since birth.
But if the thought has ever crossed your mind, these steps must be taken to decide if you should stay or go...

Happy Mother’s Day

by Jennifer A. Gardner, M.D. on May 12, 2013

To all the great Moms out there trying to raise healthy kids, this day is for you!

I love Mother's Day because I love my mom, but also because it reminds me how blessed I am to have 10 messy fingers (often covered in Nutella) to grip around my neck and get all over my hair and fresh cleaned clothes (this happened just today!).


Take the day to remind yourself and your child why you are BLESSED by being a Mom...

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...