Adults are the ones who are supposed to be stressed, not kids. Childhood is supposed to be the stress-free part of life, right? Well, maybe not. At least not for teens. According to a recently released survey from the American Psychological Association, teens are actually more stressed than their parents. Researchers surveyed 1950 adults and 1,018 teens last summer and asked them a whole bunch of questions about the stress in their lives, and how ...

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Here’s a question I’m almost afraid to ask: when you go to a doctor (not one you see all the time), does the doctor usually introduce himself (or herself) and explain what they are there to do? And, do they sit down? I really hope that you are answering yes ... but I know that the answer is often no. In a study recently published in the Journal of Hospital Medicine, researchers observed 29 ...

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When it comes to the parts of parenthood that people dread, well, there’s so much to choose from. There are poopy diapers. Vomit. Tantrums. Nasty teenagers. But all of that pales in comparison with … The Talk. The talk about sex, that is. Nobody wants to talk to their kids about sex. Nobody wants to think about their kids having sex -- the same way nobody likes to think about their parents ...

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For many of my out-of-school hours as a child, no adult had any idea what I was doing. This has everything to do with who I am today, in some remarkably good ways. As a parent, I can’t help but wince at the lack of supervision I received, especially given what my friends and I did. We spent hours in really tall fir trees, pretending they were houses. I lived on Long ...

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I love digital media. I love my iPhone and my iPad. And as much as I admire those who go on digital vacations, I’m not going to do so anytime soon. But I had two moments recently that made me realize that we all need to take a closer look at our digital habits. The first was when I was leaving work one evening. As I waited at the crosswalk outside ...

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I still can’t think about the Sandy Hook shooting without starting to cry. It hit me really hard, because when it happened, I had a first-grader whose classroom was right off the main lobby of his public elementary school. If a shooter like Adam Lanza ever stormed into his school, Liam wouldn’t have a chance. I can’t imagine life without Liam. If he were to die, I can’t imagine how I would ...

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Technology and baby monitors: Why this pediatrician worries It’s scary being a parent, especially a first-time parent. I mean, talk about the responsibility: an actual human being is relying on you for survival. And basically, you have no idea what you are doing. Sometimes, it seems amazing that our species has made it this far. So why not turn to technology? Why not wire your ...

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Recently, a family in my practice decided to move out of state, back to where they had lived before. When we said goodbye, the mother said that she was sad to change pediatricians. The pediatrician they would be returning to, she said, “only takes care of strictly medical things.” Clearly, she meant that I take care of more than the strictly medical things. I was flattered, especially since this was something ...

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The other day, my 8-year-old son asked if he could have an allowance. I told him no. I don’t think Liam needs one, and I don’t really want him to have one yet. But there are plenty of parents who do give their 8-year-olds an allowance. When I Googled “allowance in kids,” I found various sites advocating starting in kindergarten. They argued that it helps them learn about money, and starts ...

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Flu season has begun, which means that it’s flu shot time. I see lots of different responses when I talk to families at our clinic about the flu shot. Some are happy to get it. Others are unsure, worried about side effects. Others plain old refuse. Plain old refusal isn’t an option for me -- as a doctor and an employee of Boston Children’s. I need to get it -- and I ...

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