Mother-Daughter Day

By Dr. Chrystal de Freitas | Filed in Our Pediatrician Bloggers

We all know there’s Mother’s Day once a year to celebrate the role Moms play in our lives. While there is no Child’s Day…every day is child’s day, perhaps….I want to take this blog post as an opportunity to propose Mother-Daughter Day.  I won’t be writing Hallmark anytime soon to suggest they start a new line of greeting cards, but I will strongly suggest that you celebrate a Mother-Daughter Day of your own, as often as you can manage it: once a year, once a month, even once a week.

This concept is inspired, of course, by my Mother-Daughter seminars, which you can learn more about here.  From over 20 years of experience hosting Mother-Daughter seminars, I can tell you it’s a powerful combination to get this pairing of two females from the same family alone together. It’s even more powerful to combine Mother-daughter pairs, so consider joining forces with family friends if and when you chose to celebrate a Mother-Daughter Day!!

There are a lot of great and flexible things about a Mother-Daughter Day. It can literally last all day; or, it could just mean dinner or a few hours one afternoon. All it really has to be is time set aside specifically for just you and your daughter or daughters. You could use this time to talk, but you don’t have to; a fun activity or even just reading books together on the same couch is plenty.

The powerful thing about designating this time, however often you do it, is it sends the message to your daughter loud and clear: You Are Important To Me. Our Time Together Is Important To Me.

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This month, and all summer, I encourage you to start this tradition, in whatever way it manifests best for your relationship with your daughter(s).  Cook a meal, go for a walk, take a short trip, get haircuts together, attend a seminar, go to a movie, or just sit around the house. Spending time with your daughter is always, always, always a good investment.

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Dr. de Freitas & Jocelyn

www.healthychats.com

 

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Dr. Mom at Summer Camp

By Dr. Jaime Friedman | Filed in Our Pediatrician Bloggers

I love being a pediatrician.   I get to practice medicine while spending the day with adorable, silly children.  I help them feel better, watch them grow up and guide their parents through each stage of development. 

But, once a year I give that up in order to go into the mountains and volunteer as a camp doctor.  Why, you may ask, would anyone choose to work during vacation time?  Partly, I do it for my children.  I get to watch them make friends, conquer the ropes course, and dance on their chairs during mealtime.  They gain independence and grow up just a little bit more each summer.  The other reason that I do it is because it reminds me of how much I loved camp when I was growing up.  Besides actually working, I get to go on hikes, enjoy the mountain air and catch up on my reading. 

My main job there though is to be the doctor.  But let’s face it, camp medicine is not like real medicine.  I go to work each day wearing shorts and a t-shirt.  I have even taken care of campers while wearing a bathing suit and, once, while in my pajamas!  This year, my dog Luna was my sidekick, helping homesick kids feel better in between chasing squirrels and lizards. During sick call, the majority of complaints that I hear are things normally fielded by mom and dad: tummy aches, sore throats and stuffy noses.  I also take out splinters, wrap sprained ankles and ice “gaga” injuries.  Sometimes I actually diagnose and treat strep throat, ear infections and sinus infections.  The health center is also a place for exhausted and dehydrated campers to rest and get some Gatorade before rejoining their friends.  We even keep kids over night that need to be isolated due to a contagious illness.  Of course, it’s also a place to come and sit, get out of the heat, and gossip a little.  By the end of the week, all 200 campers become my kids.  I eat meals with them, watch them at their activities and fix what ails them. 

So, if you send your kids to summer camp, don’t worry because a Dr. Mom is sure to be there with them!

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5 Things Tweens Want to Hear (But Would Never Admit)

By Dr. Chrystal de Freitas | Filed in Health & Fitness

If you’re a parent of a child who’s age just cracked the double digits, you may have noticed their opinion of you might be slipping into the ‘embarrassing’ category more and more each day. [...] Click to read more…

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Infant Sleep Positioners (ISPs) May Increase Risk

By Dr. Whitney Edwards | Filed in Health & Fitness

From the day they become pregnant,  parents worry about how to keep their child as safe and healthy as possible.  Sometimes this impulse leads parents to make very good decisions, such as ensuring their [...] Click to read more…

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You Are Not Alone

By Dr. Jaime Friedman | Filed in Our Pediatrician Bloggers

A friend recently said to me that maybe there is a reason that I have a difficult daughter.  Maybe it is to help me be a better pediatrician.  I thought about this concept and [...] Click to read more…

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Water Safety

By Dr. Donald T. Miller | Filed in Health & Fitness

Toddlers, children and teens love water as recreation – as do adults and families.  As summer approaches, the number of children that are “in” the water – pools (big and small), spas, rivers, lakes [...] Click to read more…

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Happy Mother’s Day – Continued

By Dr. Chrystal de Freitas | Filed in Our Pediatrician Bloggers

I remember my mother as this beautiful lady who lit up the room whenever she walked in.  She had a deep sense of social justice and spent most of her adult life volunteering her [...] Click to read more…

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The Road to Healthy Eating

By Dr. Blanca Fresno | Filed in Health & Fitness

Here’s a guest blog that appeared on CPMG blogger Dr. Blanca Fresno’s website. We thought it was yummy enough to share!

Healthy eating. What comes to your mind when you hear that phrase? Several years [...] Click to read more…

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Fun in the Sun

By Dr. Jaime Friedman | Filed in Health & Fitness

Summer is just around the corner, which means lots of outdoor activities for families in sunny Southern California.  Although outdoor activities are fun and healthy, sun exposure can cause permanent damage to the skin.  [...] Click to read more…

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The Scoop on Poop

By Dr. Gina Rosenfeld | Filed in Health & Fitness

Constipation, characterized by stools that are hard, painful, and difficult to pass, is a very common and trying problem in children.  The frequency of stooling varies from infant to infant and child to child, [...] Click to read more…

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