Delaying Kindergarten Entry

Delaying Kindergarten Entry

I am drawn to this topic because I’d really like to believe I made the right decision for my recent elementary school graduate. In my community, a significant percentage of children are delaying kindergarten entry, most commonly noted in the boys with birthdays in the first half of the calendar year. The rationale for holding back, or “redshirting” as commonly referred, varies among parents questioned – some report concerns of social and emotional maturity relative to a child’s peers, others have academic concerns and still others have concerns about size and experience relative to sports success. I honestly understand each of these reasons—my son, who sits at the 40-50% for height, looks pretty small on the football field, so small in fact that his natural athletic ability really didn’t outshine his size disadvantage. I have seen plenty of smaller kids, with more pronounced athletic abilities, excel beyond their larger/older peers, but my …

Woof!

Woof!

Want to hear something funny – one of the top three words a new baby says is “dog” or that child’s specific family dog’s name. It’s right up there with “uh-oh, dada, mama and no”! And why is that – because often dogs are licking baby’s face, enthusiastically finishing off the “yucky” food toddlers toss to the ground, making strange sounds, running around wildly, and of course, just being ever present. And how does the family pet’s presence affect a newborn, toddler or child?

There was a time when people believed that being exposed to a pet would increase a child’s risk of pet allergies. Conventional wisdom in the recent past was if allergies of any kind ran in your family, it was best to raise your children in a pet-free home. However, this approach couldn’t be further from the truth… Children raised around furry creatures, whether it be a dog, cat, sheep or horse are less likely to suffer allergies, eczema and asth…

Swaddling

Swaddling

I absolutely love this quote. “I plan to give you love, nurturing and just enough dysfunction to make you funny.” I love it because it’s real- it captures parenting. No matter how many books we read and expert tactics we employ, we will never be perfect parents. But if we come at it from a place of love, compassion and ample humor, we can meet the daunting task of parenting head on. I want this blog to be a resource for parents– I plan to stay current on pediatric topics in the news, evaluate relevant studies and decipher opposing “expert” viewpoints, and present the information in a way that is palatable to you, as a parent.

First up, this debate on swaddling – one of dr Harvey Karp’s famed “S”s- the other four being swinging, side/back lying, shushing and sucking. Basically, all of Karp’s recommendations mirror life in utero where the blood swooshing through the mothers body crea…