As a pediatrician, I have mixed feelings about the verbification of the word "parent." So often, parenting has a negative connotation (helicopter parenting, over-parenting, you get the gist...). We get too involved, we have too much to say, and, though we mean well, we often stand in the way of life's important lessons. But in the case of the spotlight on inflated EpiPen pricing, you go parents. Make some noise! Perhaps we should shift some more of our energy to similar grassroots parenting movements.
One word: Awesome.
Thank you, Slate.com
As Perri Klass (pediatrician, personal hero) describes in this article, it's not just the disenfranchised youth but also the mainstream ones who face hurdles around self esteem during adolescence. GUTS (Growing Up Today Study) looked beyond body image perception and asked: what medicine and supplements do typical developing tweens and teens take in an effort to change their shape? The answers may not be surprising, but the numbers of teens doing it might...
A great, short read on how kids become the right kind of popular
KJ Dell'Antonia gets to the heart of motivating kids to use their brains
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My experience has been much like KJ's: lots of running around to catch characters and a surprising dose of family participation. But the LA twist involves begging to get into the car and drive to find Poke balls and Poke stops! BTW, that's Poke not happening...