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

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.

Red Hawk Down—Tips for Helping an Injured Wild Animal!

by Jennifer A. Gardner, M.D. on June 10, 2013

You too may know the feeling...

It’s dark. You step outside to put something in the trash, and . . . WHAM!! . . . BAM!! A huge shape lunges at you, knocks down a garbage can and scares you witless. This was my Saturday night.
Fortunately my quick thinking husband stepped in to save the day (and my mystery guest).
Here's what to do if this ever happens to YOU!


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.

Strawberry Fields Forever… A Fresh from the Field Strawberry Shortcake Recipe!

by Jennifer A. Gardner, M.D. on May 29, 2013

Nothing is better than strawberry shortcake bursting with ripe, "just picked" berries!


You might have a memory of this classic dessert from childhood. Now is the time to get in the kitchen and create some new memories with your family!

In many parts of the country we are approaching peak strawberry season, so this is the perfect time to think about heading to a "U pick" farm to gather a couple of quarts of fresh picked berries with your family. Just be sure to pick an extra quart, as this one won't make it home!


Most strawberries planted for self pick farms are harvested in June, so now is the perfect time. But if you are lucky, you can find local strawberries May through August!

Over Memorial Day I found fresh picked strawberries at a local farm and I made this with my family. Let's just say my husband had more than two desserts that night, but who's watching? 


Head for the Grills! Simple safety tips are the difference between summer fun and food borne illness

by Jennifer A. Gardner, M.D. on May 23, 2013

Nothing kicks off summer like the quintessential Memorial Day Barbecue.

As a parent, I love barbecues—enjoying the smell of grilling food with family and friends captures summer at its best. But as a pediatric hospitalist, I have also seen the very real (but relatively uncommon) dangers of improper grilling techniques.

Fortunately, simple precautions are all that are necessary for prevention. Let’s review these important food safety rules and proper grilling techniques, then head for the grills!

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...

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...


A Doctor’s ℞: How to find the right doctor or practice for your newborn baby or child.

by Jennifer A. Gardner, M.D. on May 02, 2013

A large part of child wellness is choosing the right doctor for your children.

Parents intuitively understand this, and so as a pediatrician, I am often asked by acquaintances how to choose the right doctor or practice for a newborn baby.

In this article you will learn three easy steps for chosing a doctor for your newborn, but the same general principles apply for older children: educate, introduce and decide.

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.