Every other year children in Utah schools are given a survey that asks: During the past 12 months, did you ever feel so sad or hopeless almost every day for two weeks or more in a row that you stopped doing some usual activities? In 2011, 13% of youth responded yes, but when the survey... Read More
When asked what we want most in life, the majority of us will reply that we want to be happy... So how can we be happy? And, just as important, how can we “teach” happiness to our children?
During all my well-child visits I ask, “Are you pooping okay?” This question is frequently met with a smirk or a nervous laugh and generally some response along the lines of, “Yeah, it’s okay.” For something we do frequently, and hopefully every day, it is interesting that many parents seem more comfortable talking about the... Read More
During these times of reflection regarding my role as a father, my thoughts return to the training I received during my service as an officer and pediatrician in the United States Air Force. Towards the end of my career, I served as a commander for a squadron of about 110 dedicated medics, nurses, physicians, and ancillary medical staff.
It is an unfortunate truth that as temperatures drop so does our physical activity level. This can go double for children and finding ways for all of us to get the recommended 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous exercise daily can take a little imagination and persistence. As a place to start, here are some... Read More