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Want to hear some good news? Misuse of prescription and over-the-counter drugs by teenagers has decreased considerably over the last decade. In 2004, roughly one in every ten high school seniors reported abusing prescription pain relievers within the previous year. In 2014, this number was down to one out of 16. Of course this is

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My daughter started kindergarten this week. When I shared the obligatory first-day-of-school photos, many friends and family members commented that they couldn’t believe how big she’d gotten. Could it be that this baby is now a kindergartener? Yep, she’s a kindergartener. And she is ready to take on the world, which has surprised me a

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It can be tough to get your child or teen to make half of their plate fruits and vegetables every day. Especially since many choose fried vegetables such as french fries and potato chips instead of a healthy baked potato or a side salad. As a parent, you might be confused about how to go

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Parents often struggle with the realization that their children feel grief and loss, and we struggle to know exactly how to support them through it. Just as it is important for adults to process their grief to promote healing, children need the same opportunities, along with guidance from the trusted adults in their lives to

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By Jenn Gonzales, OTR/L

One of the things I love about being an occupational therapist is using unique tools to help a child reach their full potential. One of those tools that may be a bit unexpected is a swimming pool. The properties of water offer unique benefits, are familiar to children and inherently add the unquestionable element of

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By Courtney Schmidt, PharmD

This post was originally posted on June 27, 2014. It’s summertime. And here in Florida, that means if you’re outside you’re probably near a pool, lake or beach. Because it is HOT. HOT. HOT. My family’s summertime activities revolve around the water: boogey-boarding at the beach, backyard pool parties and neighborhood splash pads. And while

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By Courtney Schmidt, PharmD

This post was originally posted in November 2014 As we become parents, one of the issues we inevitably face is that of vaccinating our children. For many of us, this doesn’t present a major problem, but for some the decision is fraught with anxiety, questions, fear and uncertainty. With so many sources of information out

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