Building the Mindfulness Toolbox

Ulcers. Migraines. Panic attacks. Are today’s pressures slowly killing our children? Tara Parker-Pope, in her New York Times “Well” column, recently profiled the phenomenon of “back-to-school” headaches. “For kids around the country it’s back-to-school time. But for many of them, it’s also the return of headache season,” laments Parker-Pope. While going back to school is nerve-racking for many kids (and …

Prescription for Play

Imagine a treatment that would improve your mood, make you smarter, keep you healthier and improve your relationships.  How much would you invest in that therapy? Turns out there is such a thing, and best of all – it’s free.  It’s called “nature.” How many of you were told as youngsters by a parent or grandparent – “Just go out …

Truth, Justice, and the American Way

Where is Superman when you need him?  If only it were that easy.  Facing one of the greatest environmental disasters of our time, the citizens of New Orleans could sure use a caped superhero capable of turning back time by spinning the world in the opposite direction.  While he’s at it, why not go back five years, before the onslaught …

Everyday Acts of Courage

When my daughter was only three or four years old, she was obsessed with the “Wizard of Oz” movie. We must have watched parts of it daily for the better part of a year. I know this is not unusual based on the numbers of preschoolers I see in my office wearing ruby red slippers. While I am not a …

Baby Steps to Going Green

I love what I do. One of my favorite things about being a pediatrician is developing relationships with families and children over the years.  These connections are what keep me going and make me happy to go to work each day. What a privilege it is to earn the trust of parents and, especially, of children—many of whom have had …