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Dr. G
Dr. G (Deborah Gilboa, MD) - Family Physician, international speaker, author and mom of four - empowers parents to raise respectful, responsible and resilient kids. She is a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Doctor G focuses on practical tools and skills, not just dishing out advice. She’s a regular contributor on CBS’ Pittsburgh Today Live and “iQ SmartParent!” on WQED-TV. Her book How to Get the Behavior You Want... Without Being a Parent You Hate! is available on for pre-order. href="" target="_hplink">one minute videos on making your life easier while building kids’ character to her downloadable guides(chores at every age, boundaries for tech use and more) Doctor G makes parenting more simple and more effective. Her work empowers parents; as a regular contributor to Your Teen magazine, as seen in Parents magazine and; author of Teach Resilience: Raising Kids Who Can Launch!, Teach Responsibility: Empower Kids with a Great Work Ethic and Teach Respect: That's My Kid! Find her on Facebook or Twitter!

Entries by Dr. G

Why Don't Doctors Just Ask?

(0) Comments | Posted September 15, 2015 | 7:01 PM

Kids drink. Luckily, fewer kids are drinking now than in the past, but the rates are still too high. The consequences are still too damaging to ignore this issue.

The American Academy of Pediatrics has just released the guideline that your child's doctor should be...

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Don't Bully Proof Your Kids

(8) Comments | Posted August 5, 2015 | 11:51 AM

Parents today fear bullying like our grandparents feared polio.

We know it's out there, and we know a few kids can survive it. But we're afraid of the lifelong consequences for our child. So we hope against hope for an immunization (don't get me started on the...

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Hey, Jimmy Kimmel, Find a Different Funny

(4) Comments | Posted December 1, 2014 | 10:43 AM

Dear Jimmy,

You are hilarious! You and your team have created a vibrant show full of up-to-the-minute commentary and memes we love to watch. Celebrities Read Mean Tweets and This Week in Unnecessary Censorship shed humorous light on poor behavior and both have the chance of...

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6 Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Talk to Kids About Robin Williams (Or Any Suicide)

(3) Comments | Posted August 13, 2014 | 12:47 PM

Robin Williams' death, like any suicide, is a death from a potentially fatal disease. In this case it seems to have been depression, but can as easily be from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, addiction or other diseases. Many parents feel that Robin Williams has been a part of our lives...

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66 Places Women Have Breastfed Without Incident

(0) Comments | Posted August 4, 2014 | 9:41 AM

Breastfeeding is hard! All of the mandates and rules and guidelines and recommendations seem to forget that one, central fact. Those guidelines aren't wrong, or bad, but they don't always tell the whole story.


Breastfeeding the first child, a nurse explained to...

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3 Things I Will Do to Make Sure My Sons #RespectAllWomen

(64) Comments | Posted June 2, 2014 | 2:23 PM

Have you heard about #YesAllWomen? This is a powerful effort, begun by a 19-year-old woman, to raise up the voices of all the women who have experienced fear because of our gender. In response to an important message after the tragedy at UCSB, some men wanted...

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12 Reasons I Need a Village to Raise My Kids

(0) Comments | Posted April 30, 2014 | 9:56 AM

My husband and I have four sons. We've been lucky enough to work on schedules that allow us to have at least one parent home most of the time, and my mother-in-law generously fills in when we can't, to be helpful but also just because she likes the kids. This...

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Cyber Bullying: Teens Speak Out

(0) Comments | Posted December 12, 2013 | 4:09 PM

Is bullying getting worse? Studies show that more kids and parents are reporting bullying, but even more concerning is higher rates of kids surveyed anonymously say they don't report bullying. The most concerning trend is that kids involved in bullying are more likely than...

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Is Your Kid Allergic to Media?

(2) Comments | Posted August 20, 2013 | 12:50 PM

As a family doctor, I get asked about allergies all the time. Parents will spend days and weeks monitoring a child's diet, eliminating one ingredient at a time, in order to determine if something is having a negative effect. Even slight food allergies and sensitivities can cause not only GI...

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Rules Can't 'Fix' Kids and TV

(4) Comments | Posted August 6, 2013 | 4:08 PM

Remember three TV channels? One TV in the house? How old were you the first time you got to watch TV alone?

There's been a lot made of the American Academy of Pediatrics' recommendations about kids and TV viewing. Those rules exist because of statistics about kids...

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Technology Doesn't Make Kids Fat

(0) Comments | Posted June 17, 2013 | 11:19 AM

Parents have very real concerns about childhood obesity. The research clearly shows that the more kids sit on their butts, the heavier they will be (and this is true for adults as well).

Our kids love technology. Parents are cautioned over and over again to...

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Stop Calling Her Princess!

(4) Comments | Posted April 23, 2013 | 5:51 PM

I am throwing down a challenge. In the next week, every time you see a child you don't know? Find a compliment that has nothing to do with what she's wearing or how he looks. Don't compliment curly hair, or sparkly shoes, or a cool shirt.

Why? Why am...

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Why 'Screen Time' Doesn't Really Mean Anything Anymore

(17) Comments | Posted February 4, 2013 | 11:07 AM

At your child's physical each year, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that I ask you how much screen time your child uses each day. Then, I should recommend that your child (over the age of 2) have no more than two hours of those activities in any...

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Volunteer? Seriously?!

(4) Comments | Posted December 31, 2012 | 3:39 PM

One of the more recent additions to the themes at this time of year is "Giving Back." It's important to have an "Attitude of Gratitude" and remember the "Reason for the Season." This is all lovely, but you know what people really hear? "Here's more pressure" and "Put something else...

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Smartphones: The New Gateway Drug

(5) Comments | Posted November 15, 2012 | 12:00 PM

There are lots of posts out there about how old kids should be before they get a cell phone. Even more parents weigh in about smartphones and when those are "necessary" or even reasonable. But I would not have said "Wait until they're 18" until yesterday.

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Entitlement Reform (for Kids)

(0) Comments | Posted October 15, 2012 | 2:49 PM


In this election season, a lot is made of entitlement programs. What an over-simplification of a complex social issue! Unfortunately, I can't fix that. "Dammit Jim, I'm a doctor, not a political analyst!"

You know what we can fix, though, with one...

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Don't "Raise Happy Kids!"

(3) Comments | Posted August 20, 2012 | 5:04 PM


In a very unscientific study of Amazon's book pages, there are at least 13 books being published just in the second half of this year telling me how to raise happy kids. I could make them as happy as French...

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A Thank You Letter to The Boy Scouts of America

(38) Comments | Posted July 20, 2012 | 4:36 PM

Dear BSA,

I want to thank you for your clear position on gay kids and adults.

You see, I have been feeling really guilty. My two eldest sons got involved in our local chapter last year, and they enjoyed the experience. From collecting soup cans to the camping...

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The Dark Side of Looking at Camp Pictures Online

(6) Comments | Posted July 19, 2012 | 3:48 PM

I'm not talking about cyber safety here, people. I'm talking about parenting. There are three reasons that I genuinely wish there was no such thing as overnight camps posting pictures of kids online during the camp session.

1. They're fine (or not).
Paul Reiser (of Mad About...

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Do You Teach Your Kids To Obey?

(7) Comments | Posted June 7, 2012 | 4:47 PM


We should.

It's a loaded word, I know. "Obey" conjures up everything from misogynistic wedding vows to corporal punishment at the hands of sadists masquerading as educators. When I say "obey," you might hear "subjugated" or "oppressed."

Let's check in with

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