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Doctor insights on: Kids Crafts For Grandparents Day

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Should grandparents take over parenting for children whose biological parents cannot care for them? @drpam

Should grandparents take over parenting for children whose biological parents cannot care for them? @drpam

It depends: There are so many factors that may affect the decision. It depends on the health of the grandparents. If it happens, looking to get support from others in the family is very important. The age of the children may also be a factor. This is a long-term commitment. Many times the grandparents can be stressed. Making sure there is adequate financial support is also important. ...Read more

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Are kids better off with grandparents than in foster care?

Are kids better off with grandparents than in foster care?

Depends: If the grand parents are capable of providing care, and are willing to do so, then placing a child with relatives is always the legal systems first priority. ...Read more

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Should kids attend funeral of a grandparent?

Should kids attend funeral of a grandparent?

Yes: Well, it depends on the age of the child and whether they were close to the grandparent. If they didn't really know them, or are very young (too young to really understand) then no. However, children are oddly very accepting of life rituals, and they help the child come to grips with major life changes and move on. Be ready for a lot of questions though, and be honest. ...Read more

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Age 23,anxiety at college,parents still care like a 2 years old kid,My family members respect me even elders,was at bad school,not ok in social,cause?

Age 23,anxiety at college,parents still care like a 2 years old kid,My family members respect me even elders,was at bad school,not ok in social,cause?

Counseling: Report to the campus counseling center. Depression in college is very common because of all the changes that ollege students have to go through adjusting from the impact of moving from their small towns or big cities or wherever else to college life, and stepping toward autonomy. It often represents too much change into short period of time. Counseling likely will be of benefit. ...Read more

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I'm wondering are families typically effective when both parents work & kids grow up in day care?

I'm wondering are families typically effective when both parents work & kids grow up in day care?

Not especially: From the phrasing of your question, it sounds to me like you have lots of guilt about working full time. This is very natural. There is no substitute for parents spending time with their children as much as possible. But you also need to do what you can to provide for your family, that is also important! Parenting is like a war. Consider one parent going part time if possible! ...Read more

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3years old daughter active&talkative. Take only milk bottle&fruits. Have conflicts n mind .didnt stay at school. Much attached Wid parents how improve?

3years old daughter active&talkative. Take only milk bottle&fruits. Have conflicts n mind .didnt stay at school. Much attached Wid parents how improve?

Milestones: It is sometimes ok to be attached to parents but still you need to work on her diet and relationships. At first you need to offer diversity of food because she needs to grow healthy and milk is not enough. Offer first the family food and then offer the milk. Initially work on acceptance of food then the next step is to male her quit bottles. Then make her meet and play with other kids her age ...Read more

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How can a teenage kid earn a six pack, and juggle homework and school at the same time?

How can a teenage kid earn a six pack, and juggle homework and school at the same time?

Creative scheduling.: If you want to get everything done, you have to schedule it to fit it all in. Set up a weekly schedule, including time for homework, exercise, friends, and of course meals and sleep. And stick to your schedule. ...Read more

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Should kids have play dates on weekends even if with kids every m-f?

Should kids have play dates on weekends even if with kids every m-f?

Yes. Play-dates : allow you to monitor your child's peer interactions & teach age-appropriate pro-social & coping skills in a variety of settings. Tell your child what behaviors you expect, the rewards for complying & the consequences for non-compliance. If the kids squabble, calmly separate them or remove what they're squabbling about without blaming either one. Neurotypical 3-tear-olds have a preferred friend. ...Read more

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3.5yr old boy @ 27lbs and a 5% for height. 3pediasures/day, struggles but eats & sleeps fairly well . Small parents: mom5'1" & dad 5'6". Is he ok?

3.5yr old boy @ 27lbs and a 5% for height. 3pediasures/day, struggles but eats & sleeps fairly well . Small parents: mom5'1" & dad 5'6".  Is he ok?

Need more info: We would need much more information. What does he eat, when. How is he functioning, is his behavior normal? Were there any problems at birth? Is there stress at home? ...Read more

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Do children in bilingual families start talking later than other kids?

Do children in bilingual families start talking later than other kids?

Yes: The bulilding blocks of multilingual children are consistency and exposure. A tv show in another language will not teach the baby nearly as much as a parent exploring the language and the world attached to it with the baby. Babies are keen listeners and can make out and pick up different sounds. We as adults "tune out" sounds that are linguistically of no use to us. ...Read more

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Should parents reward their kids for going into engineering?

Should parents reward their kids for going into engineering?

See below: Parents should "reward" their kids for what the kids enjoy. Forcing a child to do something because the parents desire it is not healthy for either party. ...Read more

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Is it child abuse if parents of those olympic champs have power over their money from cereal commercials?

Is it child abuse if parents of those olympic champs have power over their money from cereal commercials?

Parents have a duty: ...To oversee their children's finances. If they mess it up, that's neglect; if they cause harm to their children to increase their earnings, that's abuse. ...Read more

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I work with preschoolers and have observed parents feeding their kids coffee. Is this ok?

I work with preschoolers and have observed parents feeding their kids coffee.  Is this ok?

Not recommended: Children don't really need caffeinated beverages of any type. It's best to avoid coffee, caffeinated tea, sodas, etc. It can cause jitteriness, trouble sleeping, irritability, dehydration, and increased heart rate and blood pressure. ...Read more

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Is having grandparents from asia taking care of the children ok if I am in school? Will they learn like american kids?

No.: Having grandparents native to another culture / society / nation. Your children are still living, relating to others, learning within the american society. I'm not sure of the extent of 'taking care of' in your situation. If you mean that the majority of quality time is spent with their grandparents, then they have more influence than the real parents on growth & development. They r your kids. ...Read more

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Kids are getting so chubby. Should parents make them work outside after school for spending money?

Good idea-chubby /no: I think its a great idea to get kids out to learn the value of their work product regardless of their weight. If it gets them away from the game console or tv it also helps them retain some of their schoolwork & decreases the idle time they may be snacking. ...Read more

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Are sports a healthy alternative to all those passive hours kids spend watching tv?

Are sports a healthy alternative to all those passive hours kids spend watching tv?

Absolutely: More then 2 hours of screen time computer games, text, tv, etc during school year is detrimental. Sports are the best way to go for healthy mind and body, gets kids to build cardiovascular and muscle tone at crucial ages. If not into sports walk, run, bottom line is move ur body. ...Read more

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Docs, could a mental illness skip two/three generations, say from grandparents to great grand kids?

Docs, could a mental illness skip two/three generations, say from grandparents to great grand kids?

Yes: Sometimes there are genetic predispositions in family lines - that doesn't mean that offspring will necessarily develop a particular condition. ...Read more