Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Oh Doctor, Doctor

Once again, Tara Parker-Pope of the New York Times "Well" blog does not disappoint. This week, she's running a series of Q & As with the respected pediatricians Dr. T. Berry Brazelton and Dr. Joshua Sparrow.

The first, covering the topics of children's self-esteem and discipline, offers some great insights, on many of the issues we're dealing with daily around our house. Some of their advice veers away from other reading I've done on these topics, and I find their alternate perspective quite interesting. They also remind parents that "discipline is not about punishment but teaching," a sentiment I support and work daily to embody.

The second Q & A blog, offers the doctors views on childhood nutrition, perhaps the topic I hear discussed most among Mamas. To be sure, their views are a bit more radical (they're not big fans of "sneaking it in"). They take a broader view of mealtime, from a psychological vantage, stressing parental behavior and attitude, rather than toddler spoonfuls.

Tomorrow's blog promises to be just as interesting. Look for them to cover napping and toilet training. I'll be sure to post another link.

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