How Do You Talk to Kids About Sex?

father and teen son talking

As parents, it’s a topic many of us dread. But talking to your kids about sex might be one of the most important things you do.

When I ask in classrooms how many families are talking about sex and relationships at home, I find that the majority are not.

Sex can be an uncomfortable topic, but once you get into the conversation, it’s probably not going to be as bad as you think it will be.


A Family Approach to Food Allergies

child with an allergy holding a handful of peanuts

You’ve just learned your child has a food allergy, and it’s causing stress for everyone in the family.

You all must be vigilant about which foods your child eats.

What’s more, you all need to be prepared for a possible emergency.

How can you manage such a challenge within your family?

A Growing Problem

An estimated four to six percent of U.S. children have a food allergy, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


Caring for Self-Critical Kids

Dad with frustrated child

Have you ever heard your child say things like “I’m so stupid” while trying to do homework, or “Everybody hates me” when recalling the day’s recess?

Do they get upset when they don’t do something perfectly?

Just like grownups, children have an inner voice that can turn negative and lead them to be hard on themselves.


How to Help Children Deal With Grief

sad little girl

The death of a parent or loved one can be just as hard on a child as it is on an adult; however, children process death and deal with grief very differently than adults. According to Frannie Gaeta, L.S.C.W., a Carilion Clinic bereavement specialist and head of Carilion's Soul Survivors family grief support program, the signs of grief in a child can vary by age.


Could Your Child Have a Learning Disability?

child struggling in school

If your child is having trouble in school, it might be time to think about whether they have a learning disability.
Maybe you’ve been getting notes home from school about their performance. Or you’ve noticed that it takes an excessive amount of time for homework to get done. Or schoolwork is increasingly making them frustrated.
None of us want our children to struggle, but getting them the help they need is the most loving thing we can do for them.


Could An Overuse Injury Put Your Child on the Sideline?

girl and two boys playing soccer

More and more children are taking part in recreational and competitive sports in the U.S. This is a great thing, but we are also beginning to see more injuries in young players, especially overuse injuries.

Overuse injuries occur when there is damage to the bone, muscle, ligament or tendon due to repetitive stress. A repetitive injury is unlike a broken bone or torn tendon, which happens instantly. Overuse injuries usually stem from doing too much too soon, doing too much of one particular activity or from using improper technique.



How to Stay Healthy During the School Year

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Now that the kids are back at school, they are less at risk for sunburn or heatstroke but more at risk for colds and flu.

The American Academy of Pediatrics reports that the viruses responsible for colds and the flu cause the most common sicknesses in child care facilities and schools.

If you start to hear sniffles and coughs as your kids work on their homework, you are not alone. We talked to a Carilion Clinic pediatrician to see what medical issues doctors see more of during the school year.


Teens Face So Much Pressure. How Hobbies Can Help.

A teenager strums her guitar.

Teens are bombarded by others’ expectations of them.

Their parents expect them to behave well, get good grades and do their chores.

Teachers expect them to keep quiet, listen attentively in class and get their homework in on time.

And their peers—oh, their peers!

Make no mistake: Teens are expected to dress, act, speak and be cool in ways only other teenagers can understand.

If they don’t do this? They risk being ridiculed or bullied in person and across social media.

Being a teenager is tougher than it’s ever been.



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