| Posted On Apr 17, 2014 | By:

Positive Parenting

Over time, there has been a change in philosophy about how to raise children.  Many of the grandparents of today were, as children, raised in a very strict environment where “children should be seen but not heard.”  That philosophy gave way to an era of permissiveness, which often led to chaos in the household.  In recent years, there’s been an emphasis on building self-esteem.

But the reality is that we need a blend of all of these approaches to raise our children to be responsible,

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| Posted On Apr 16, 2014 | By:

Improving the Quality of Life for our Pediatric Patients with Asthma

According to the American Lung Association, asthma is one of the most common chronic disorders in childhood affecting an estimated 7 million children under the age of 18. Asthma is the third leading cause of hospitalization among children under the age of 15 and is one of the leading causes of school absenteeism. The annual direct health care cost of asthma is approximately $50 billion; indirect costs (e.g. lost productivity) add another $6 billion, for a total of $56 billion dollars.

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| Posted On Mar 14, 2014 | By:

Breast Milk Pumping Made Fast and Easy

If you plan to breastfeed your baby after you return to work from maternity leave, figuring out how to pump away from home may seem at first a bit daunting. You wonder: “Where can I pump at work?”  “How do I fit it into my work schedule?”  “How can I do it efficiently?”  I’ve been there myself, so don’t worry, there are many things you can do to make pumping easier and faster for you.

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| Posted On May 21, 2012 | By:

Healthy Grocery Shopping

At the May 15th SMART KIDS SMA, the SMArt Kids came together to learn about healthy grocery shopping. Here are some great, simple rules to follow as you and your family head out to the supermarket:

  • Be Prepared (have a list and plan recipes for the week)
  • Don’t go hungry (you’ll avoid being tempted by free samples, freshly baked muffins or treats in the check out aisle)
  • Look at labels (remember,
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| Posted On Feb 28, 2012 | By:

More reasons to drink your milk!

It’s winter in New England, and even though the snow has been elusive, shorter days and more indoor time can put children at risk for vitamin D deficiency.

What is Vitamin D?  Vitamin D is one of the four fat-soluble vitamins (the other three are A, E, and K) available in our diet, which means they can be stored in our bodies and used over time. However, vitamin D is unique since it also behaves like a hormone in the body,

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| Posted On Jan 26, 2012 | By:

Breakfast does the body good

The SMArt Kids are working hard on their goals. It’s been challenging to stay focused given the winter weather and the recent holidays. Yet, the SMArt Kids have not wavered, and our team here continues to be impressed by their diligence and enthusiasm. They are working on such goals as:

  • Eating more fruits and veggies
  • Drinking only low fat milk and water
  • Engaging in at least 1 hour of active play
  • Reducing screen time
  • Choosing healthy snacks and breakfast options

At this month’s SMA,

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