In April 2020, just a few weeks into the COVID pandemic, Amy Wardwell’s family took a break from a day of virtual learning to get outside for some fresh air. It was unseasonably warm, Amy recalls, and her two boys, Quinn and Alex, were wearing shorts and t-shirts as they played basketball in the driveway […]
While available evidence indicates that most children are not at higher risk for COVID-19, there are plenty of challenges facing parents and families during the pandemic – from concerns about how to keep children healthy, to helping them stay active and get the social interactions that are part of a healthy and fulfilling life as […]
Most children have probably heard of COVID-19, and may have questions about both the virus and wearing masks, especially when it comes to going out in public, to daycare or returning to school. For parents, answering those questions can be a challenge. Nilgun Zimakas, MD, a pediatrician with UVM Children’s Hospital, gives us guidance on how to talk to your children about mask wearing. Part […]
While our communities slowly re-open, access to summer camps and childcare is still limited meaning many grandparents may find themselves providing care for their grandchildren. If you are a grandparent, you may already feel comfortable looking after your grandchildren, but if this is a new arrangement for your family, we have a few tips to […]
Many parents are looking for ways to teach their children the importance of seeking out diverse people, ideas, and experiences while learning, themselves, that the goal is equitable treatment for our Black, indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) communities. Here is advice from one of our pediatric child psychologists.
The school year is ending and many summer camps and childcare programs remain closed prompting families to get creative in the way they entertain their children. More and more of these popping up in backyards, now seems like a good time to talk about safety.
With Thanksgiving here, parents have been grateful for any tips to help their children learn about gratitude and its importance. Thankfully, I can provide some information on the topic of gratitude. What is gratitude? Gratitude is about being thankful for the things we have. It is pausing to notice and appreciate things we may often […]
Parents of new infants can’t wait to ask me when the right time to take their newborn baby out into public places is. Well, let me go public on this one and provide some information on the topic. Where can you take new baby? To no surprise, it’s perfectly fine to take your baby out […]
Parents have been making a lot of noise recently regarding questions they have about sneezing and whether it’s good or bad that their child sneezes so much—so let me sound off on the topic of sneezing. Why am I sneezing? Sneezing is the body’s way to remove something that is irritating your child’s or your […]
Parents have been driving up to me with questions about new recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics regarding car seats. One question I get asked is, just how long should a child be placed rear-facing? 3 Types of Car Seats There are three basic types of car seats, rear-facing, convertible, and booster seats. Choosing […]