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3 Ways to Prevent Type 2 Diabetes for You and Your Kids

Checking blood sugar, counting carbs, injecting shots of insulin — all this and more are just another part of living with diabetes.

And it’s not just a few people who have to constantly worry about keeping their blood sugar levels just right. In fact, over 30 million people in the US have diabetes, or about 1 in 10 Americans. Not only this, but “another 84 million adults in the United States are at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes.” (1)

Type 1 and type 2 diabetes both have genetic factors involved, but type 2 diabetes can actually be prevented. This November is National Diabetes Month, the perfect time to learn how you and your kids can minimize your risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Here are a few places to start.

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4 Easy Steps to Survive the Transition to Parenthood

For many couples, becoming a parent is a dream come true! But some aspects of parenthood may seem like a nightmare, especially at first.

With the birth of a new baby, it’s not just other children that struggle. Devoting so much time and attention to a new little one can leave a husband or wife thinking, “But what about me?” In fact, in one study, ⅔ of couples showed a significant decrease in marital satisfaction and an increase in conflict after their first baby was born. (1)

Unfortunately, when your marriage suffers, it affects much more than just you and your spouse. Research shows that an unhappy marriage harms your baby too! (2) So as marriage expert Dr. John Gottman puts it, “The greatest gift you can give your baby is a happy and strong relationship between the two of you.” (2)

How can you keep your marriage healthy and strong during the transition to parenthood, for you and your little one? Here are a few simple steps that may help.

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The Power of Saying “Yes” to Your Child

Ever feel like sometimes you find yourself telling your children “no” a lot?

The habit of making “no” your automatic response sometimes just seems easier, because a child’s requests might seem likely to cause more of a mess, stress, or complications to deal with.

A clarifying new outlook can be found from taking the challenge to try to say “yes” to your children whenever possible.

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Stressed and Depressed (pt. 2): What Parents can do to Reverse the Teen Trend

Research shows that teens are now more stressed than adults and are overdosing on drugs and committing suicide at higher rates. In Part 1: How American Teens are Hurting Themselves, we saw from a pediatrician’s perspective how stressed and depressed teens are abusing drugs and alcohol, committing suicide and even finding new ways–like extreme “fad” diets and “salt and ice” burns–to intentionally hurt themselves, to somehow dull the pain.

By teaching our teens healthy living and what to do when they feel overwhelmed, tired, angry, depressed or anxious, parents can help prevent teen depression, mitigate symptoms and empower their teens to better manage stress and their emotions.

If your teen is stressed or depressed, here are some practical things you can do to help:

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Stressed and Depressed (pt. 1): How American Teens are Hurting Themselves

American teens are stressed and depressed. As a pediatrician, I see the suicide attempts, the overdoses, and all the new methods that teens are finding to intentionally hurt themselves—to somehow dull the pain.

It’s getting worse. According to recent results from the Stress in America Study, teens are now more stressed out than adults:

  • 40% feel irritable or angry
  • 36% feel nervous or anxious
  • 31% felt overwhelmed due to stress in the past month
  • 36% feel fatigued or tired, and
  • Almost 30% feel depressed or sad

I’m not surprised. Here’s what teen stress and depression look like in my ER, and what parents can do to help:

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What to do if You or Your Child is in an Abusive Relationship #DVAM

This is part 2 of a 2-part series on understanding domestic violence. Click here for part 1: Prevalence and Prevention.

How will I know if my teen is in an abusive relationship and how can I help?

In one study, though 82% of parents feel confident that they could recognize the signs if their child was experiencing dating abuse, a majority of parents (58%) could not correctly identify all the warning signs of abuse (1).

What would you do if your son or daughter was in an abusive relationship?  How would you know if they were in one?  

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Understanding Domestic Violence Part 1: Prevalence and Prevention #DVAM (Domestic Violence Awareness Month)

How prevalent is domestic violence really?

Domestic Violence (DV) and Intimate Partner Violence (IVP) are problems that affect 1.5 million teens every year (1)In fact, after women ages 18-24, children and teens ages 11-17 are most affected by this problem (2).

In order to talk to our children about DV-IVP we need to know about it first.  While it can never be fully understood, it’s important to sort fact from myth to avoid more confusion in the future.

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Teaching Adolescents Independence

Adolescents dream about the day when they will be on their own–have their own home, make their own choices, and reach their potential. The independence needed to fully live on one’s own, however, must be learned.

A parent’s teaching and approach towards their teenager influences how an adolescent develops responsibility, self-sufficiency, and independence.

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Is your child afraid of the dark? 5 tricks to make bedtime sweet

Fear of the dark comes from a toddler’s active imagination– the trick is to help your child conquer fears without squashing their creative brain development. If your child is afraid of monsters in the closet, transformers under the bed, or things that might come in the window, it’s a sign that they have a healthy developing brain. Ages 3-5 is an incredible period of exploding creative brain development, and research continues to show that creative play is essential for social and intellectual development. But when that little brain is tired and the lights are turned out, that active imagination can create real fears. If your little one is afraid of the dark, here are five techniques to help you turn out the light without tears:

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3 Ways Empathy Can Help Your Kids

Today, everything seems to be going right for once. You successfully gave your daughter a bath, you let her choose her favorite outfit, and you even got in some quality play-time! Things are looking pretty good.

But then, disaster strikes!

Or at least, that’s what your daughter seems to think. She’s perfectly happy one minute, and then the next minute she’s in full-blown pouting mode. And to you, it seems like there’s no good reason. You cry out in frustration, “Quit your whining! There’s nothing to cry about!”

When kids start getting fussy or feeling upset, it can be easy to dismiss their feelings — especially when it’s hard to understand why.

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