As parents, we want to protect our little ones from harm and any cruel realities in our society. As an African American mother, wife, and pediatrician, I know firsthand this can be a difficult feat. My husband and I have conversations regularly with our boys to let them know what to do when they’re treated unfairly. We also build self-esteem by encouraging them to be proud of their heritage and history. We started these conversations during their preschool years, much sooner than I ever thought I’d have to. READ MORE
The best age to start toilet training varies from child to child. The process is usually easier if you start it a bit later! Whenever you start, keep the process positive with lots of rewards and encouragement. READ MORE
One summer afternoon I was sitting at the foot of my bed, holding my 2-month-old firstborn. We were enjoying one of those peaceful moments of bonding that new parents get after their baby wakes up from a nap, alert and happy. READ MORE
On a long plane flight recently, I started talking with the man next to me. He and his wife were expecting their first baby – due in just 3 months – and he was excited to get home to her. She was enjoying pregnancy and preparing for life with a baby.
He turned to me after describing all this and said earnestly: “What do I need to know?" READ MORE
Although your 6-year-old child may seem very grown up as they head off to a day at school or to a play date without you, they still need your support very much. They’ll be developing relationships with friends and teachers, but you are their main source of companionship and affection. They’ll still want to play with you too. READ MORE