Recently, parents who became stepparents through second marriages have been asking me how they can do a good job in this new role. Everything’s relative, so let me provide some information on stepparenting. Becoming a stepparent can be a most rewarding experience. If you have never had children, becoming a stepparent offers you the chance […]

One of the most common questions parents have about vaccines is whether or not they “cause autism.” While there is no scientific evidence of a link between vaccines and autism, parents continue to see misinformation on social media and hear comments from celebrities and politicians that suggest a link may exist. Recent media coverage has […]

Parents have been asking me lots of questions as to whether their infants and toddlers should be learning from apps available on smart media devices like phones and tablets. Also, they’ve been asking whether these devices truly help young children get smarter. Let me swipe away some of your concerns and provide some information on this […]

Editor’s Note: This series of blog posts highlights community programs that partner with the UVM Medical Center to help people in our community. As a parent of a young child and an employee of a nonprofit social services agency, I know firsthand how important and challenging the first years of a child’s life can be […]

As Mother’s Day approaches this weekend, I am reminded what motherhood has encompassed for me. Initially, when I offered to write this blog, it was several weeks ago and I was musing about being a young mother, and the excitement that, later in my maternal life and my husband’s paternal life, we found ourselves having […]

Data released just this month from the Center for Disease Control show that an autistic spectrum disorder affects 1 in 68 children and 1 in 42 boys. These numbers haven’t increased from the last report about two years ago but represent a startling increase in prevalence compared to just a few decades earlier. This rise has […]