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Libraries: Are They Obsolete?

17 Comments | Posted December 1, 2011 | 17:13:16 (EST)

I did a book signing at a local library the other day. In fact, I have had occasion to speak and visit several libraries in recent months. Prior to my engagements, I don't remember the last time I visited a library. I love to read, therefore I buy the books...

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No Child Left Behind; Parents Need to Take Responsibility

1 Comments | Posted October 20, 2011 | 18:30:27 (EST)

Recent headlines in our newspaper blare out the results of the Academic Performance Index and the No Child Left Behind.

Interesting, and not surprising, schools in poorer district didn't fare well. And the schools districts in richer neighborhoods performed much better, but not in the eyes of the No Child...

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Migrant Ed/Head Start Provides Awareness of the Real World to Migrant Kids

Posted August 31, 2011 | 12:14:11 (EST)

I recently had the opportunity to speak at a conference for Migrant Ed/Head Start in Tucson, Arizona.

Before I left home I read an article about migrant education in the local paper. The article sited Joe Klein's feature in TIME magazine, "Time to Ax Public Programs That Don't...

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Too Often Parents Care More About the Object Than the Child

Posted July 12, 2010 | 17:07:00 (EST)

Jack Canfied's recent article in the Huffington Post reminded me of a recent post I submitted on words and actions and how they affect children. All too often I hear parents berating their kids for the smallest infraction. They forget that they are only children and...

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Overtime for Farmworkers in California: Who Will it Hurt?

Posted July 5, 2010 | 03:47:41 (EST)

"Up before dawn, working until sunset picking plums and filling the bins. We work each day until Apa says it's time to quit." (excerpt from Out of the Fields My Journey from Farmworker Boy to Pediatrician, Ramon Resa MD 2010).

The life of a farmworker is hard and...

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Who Would Have Thought Jerry Seinfeld Could Be Such a Great Dad?

Posted March 4, 2010 | 05:46:41 (EST)

I always considered Jerry Seinfeld a good comedian and a well-known TV personality but not much else. The last I heard of him was when his show ended and he got married. Naturally, I assumed that he had probably already divorced, like most celebrities, and perhaps had been in and...

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Lack of Sleep is a Nightmare for Teens

Posted February 18, 2010 | 19:52:13 (EST)

Over the years, I have noticed an increasing problem in many of my teen patients: sleep deprivation. Sara, for one, is a very good student and active in extracurricular activities. Recently, she made an appointment because, of late, she had been feeling more tired then usual. The first inquiry I...

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Is Breastfeeding Better Than Formula Feeding? What You Should Choose

Posted January 26, 2010 | 19:01:07 (EST)

Is breastfeeding better than formula feeding? Every mother contemplates this question. Many instinctively "feel" that breastfeeding will lead to better infant health, and they hear countless media sources touting the many advantages of breastfeeding, from economics (you don't have to pay for breast milk) to better immune health (see

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The Obesity Problem Starts At Birth: Parents Giving Children Too Much Food

Posted January 26, 2010 | 04:18:00 (EST)

I was sitting in a booth at the local Chinese restaurant and doing what I do all the time: baby watching. I am a frustrated grandfather wanna-be. I love observing babies and listening to their babble and infectious laughter. I pay attention to the interplay between parents and baby, and...

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Holidays: The Time to Pig Out and Enjoy Doing So

Posted December 23, 2009 | 03:32:05 (EST)

This may sound contrary to what has been in the news lately regarding obesity and the growing weight problems of America, but let me explain.

We treat every single day as a pig-out day and eat to our hearts' content. We no longer look forward to holiday meals like turkey...

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Give Up a Career or Give up Motherhood?

Posted December 8, 2009 | 02:27:24 (EST)

Mrs. Jones came in to my office for her baby's two-month check-up. Her son was doing great and Mrs. Jones was very happy, but she felt conflicted. She had to decide when or whether to go back to work.

The family depended on her income to make ends meet,...

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Flee the Toxic Parents, the Toxic Environment (Why shouldn't children divorce their parents?)

Posted November 20, 2009 | 17:52:53 (EST)

Danny, a sixteen-year old, came into my office exhibiting signs of depression. No wonder, his mother had just fled the household to escape her abusive husband. In this situation, it seemed Danny ought to make an escape as well. He, unfortunately, felt trapped in a "toxic" environment, tied to...

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Grandparents' Day According to Barbara Graham

Posted October 14, 2009 | 03:27:23 (EST)

This Huffington Post article by Barbara Graham strikes upon a similar theme as I recently wrote about in my blog . Graham argued for letting grandparents speak their minds regarding parenting. I called for parents not to abuse grandparents' generosity by enrolling them as their kids' personal...

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The Value of a Stay-At-Home Parent: Great Children

Posted September 30, 2009 | 06:51:11 (EST)

I recently gave a presentation in Chicago and took the opportunity to see a long time high school friend, Ernesto Moreno. We keep in touch by phone and e-mail, but we have not seen each other for over twenty-five years. We each have two children, a girl and a boy,...

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The Curse of Domestic Violence: A Cycle of Abuse from Father to Son

Posted September 16, 2009 | 15:57:57 (EST)

Recently, the Santa Fe New Mexican mentioned how the current economy is causing a rise in the number of cases of domestic violence. Of course, domestic violence abounds no matter the state of the economy. We will always need to take steps in the hope of recognizing and preventing...

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Injuries Occur When Kids Are too Active in Sports

Posted September 8, 2009 | 14:44:27 (EST)

As a pediatrician, I happen to see many sports injuries each year. Football used to be the most common cause of injury, but these days I see just as many for basketball, baseball, and cheerleading. I am even seeing kids as young as six years of age, whereas in...

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Words: Words Parents Use Can Make a Difference for Life. Words Can Send You into Space or Tear You to Pieces

Posted September 1, 2009 | 14:59:32 (EST)

NASA astronaut Jose Hernandez remembers his days in the migrant fields as dirty, dusty, and sweaty. How well I remember those same feelings, having also worked in the fields throughout childhood. As Jose mentions, summer vacation was not a time to rejoice. We knew our time off from school...

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Tragic Dinuba Car Crash: As Bad As The Diane Schuler Accident

Posted August 25, 2009 | 15:24:39 (EST)

On July 26th, Diane Schuler drove her SUV directly into an oncoming car, killing eight people. The media, cable stations, and even People magazine have been all over this story for weeks.

On August 10th, eight people were killed in another tragic yet preventable

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Problems With Overprotective Parents: Why Letting Children Play In Dirt Is Healthy

Posted August 18, 2009 | 14:38:59 (EST)

An article by Carine Nadel on "America's Worst Mom," Lenore Skenazy, recently caught my attention. Skenazy's book: Free-Range Kids, Giving Our Kids the Freedom We Enjoyed Without Going Nuts With Worry, details a great model for parenting.

As a pediatrician, I am very aware of the dangers and...

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Reasons Minority Test Scores Lag Behind

Posted August 13, 2009 | 17:47:48 (EST)

A recent AP article showed that a gap in achievement scores still exists between whites and blacks. This is true for all minorities, including Hispanics. According to the Education Department report cited in the article, unprecedented efforts to improve minority achievement have failed.

Experts say the problem stems from...

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