Points Charts for Kids’ Behavior Issues: An Easy Method That’s Working for Us

Points Charts for Kids’ Behavior Issues: An Easy Method That’s Working for Us

We’ve been struggling with end-of-summer-unstructured-days-dysregulated kids (see previous post). A friend of mine, also a doc-mom of kids who fight with each other, shared the system that’s worked wonders for them: It’s a simple points system, with one, two, or three points awarded for acts 

I spent the entire day with my kids and didn’t yell/scream/spank/lose my mind

I spent the entire day with my kids and didn’t yell/scream/spank/lose my mind

I am so freaking proud of myself.   It’s the end of summer vacation. There’s no more camp, no routine. Sleep and wake schedules are wacky. These kids are kind of dysregulated.   And, Oh, they were terrible. They were at each other’s throats. There 

Our Little Fireworks Photographer

Our Little Fireworks Photographer

We were keeping an open mind, based our on prior experiences with fireworks displays. Babyboy is uncomfortable in crowds and overwhelmed by loud noises. Hubby has had to accompany the tortured child away from Fourth of July spectacles in the past.  Every year at the 

More Than Pirate Ships, Hermit Crabs, and Ice Cream: The Power of Positive Attitude

More Than Pirate Ships, Hermit Crabs, and Ice Cream: The Power of Positive Attitude

We could have easily given up and gone home and called it a complete waste of time, a casualty of poor planning. But it became one of the best family outings we’ve ever had! Because of some last-minute cancellations, we had an unexpectedly unscheduled Saturday. 

My kid is safer on the trampoline than your kid is on the jungle gym. 

My kid is safer on the trampoline than your kid is on the jungle gym. 

We’re athletic people who consider physical activity a priority for us and our kids. Babyboy, like many children with autism, would prefer to be quietly building Legos on the floor of our living room. His developmental pediatric team comments every year that his balance and 

Every Doctor-Mom Needs To Read This Essay

Every Doctor-Mom Needs To Read This Essay

I’m sharing this beautiful and powerful essay by a med school classmate, friend and hero. She writes about her invasive breast cancer diagnosis at age forty- one, and how it changed her life– for the better. 

How do we talk to our kids about Manchester?

How do we talk to our kids about Manchester?

Last night, well after I’d tucked her in and gone to bed, Babygirl got up and wandered downstairs. She loves to hang out with Daddy, watching sports, and she’ll fall asleep on the couch. But Hubby was watching CNN coverage of the suicide bombing in 

Cooking with kids: Three ways to encourage a lifetime of healthy food choices

Cooking with kids: Three ways to encourage a lifetime of healthy food choices

While it’s so important to nurture a love of plant foods in our children, it’s also important not to make eating a stressful event. When kids associate “food” with “anxiety”, bad things happen. I.E. eating disorders like emotional overeating. But we do want to encourage 

Autism post at Harvard Health Blog

Autism post at Harvard Health Blog

Last week, I wrote a post about our personal experience and preferred evidence-based approach to autism behavior therapy over on the Harvard Health Blog, titled: “A Strengths-based Approach to Autism“

We lost our s–t with the stranger who criticized our kid

We lost our s–t with the stranger who criticized our kid

…and I wrote all about it on the Mothers in Medicine group blog: We lost our s–t with the stranger who criticized our kid