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In The Child Repair Guide, pediatrician and dad Dr. Steve Silvestro brings the wisdom and insights of the world's best childhood health and wellness experts directly to parents in one trusted source--to give parents the best tools possible to raise happy, healthy, confident kids.

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    • Kids & Family

In The Child Repair Guide, pediatrician and dad Dr. Steve Silvestro brings the wisdom and insights of the world's best childhood health and wellness experts directly to parents in one trusted source--to give parents the best tools possible to raise happy, healthy, confident kids.

    Tips for Kids' & Teens' Mental Health During Coronavirus

    Tips for Kids' & Teens' Mental Health During Coronavirus

    So I’m the pediatrician who wrote that viral article discouraging playdates during the coronavirus pandemic. And while I’m glad the message got out—over 2 million people read that article—it was one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to write.
    Why?
    Because even though I know that such extreme social distancing is absolutely necessary to slow the spread of this sneaky virus, I also know that isolating ourselves from each other can have a massive toll on mental health.
    And I’ve seen that toll already. As I write this now, schools in my area have been closed for only a week, and yet my pediatric office has been flooded with calls from parents worried that their kids are becoming depressed.
    The risk for anxiety and depression amongst our kids and teens—and amongst ourselves—is real, and that risk will be compounded as the need for physical distancing inevitably stretches to several weeks more.
    So these are my recommendations for parents to help bolster the mental health of their kids and teens in the midst of this pandemic. You may find them helpful for yourself, as well.

    • 13 min
    SPECIAL - Coronavirus and Your Family: What Parents Need to Know - with Dr. Michael Daignault

    SPECIAL - Coronavirus and Your Family: What Parents Need to Know - with Dr. Michael Daignault

    There's a flood of information about the COVID-19 coronavirus out there, and it can be challenging to tease out what it really means for you and your kids.
    In this episode, I talk with Dr. Michael Daignault—an emergency medicine physician with a global health background who's been on top of providing info & guidance on coronavirus these last several weeks—and we break down everything parents need to know about the coronavirus outbreak.
    We cover:
    What coronavirus is & why COVID-19 is such a big deal What's making this spread more than SARS & MERS Symptoms of coronavirus in your family What makes COVID-19 so deadly The current situation with children and coronavirus Recommendations to keep your family healthy  The right way to wash hands Thoughts on your family's travel plans -- keep or cancel? Likely, best-, and worse-case scenarios of the coronavirus outbreak How should you prepare for coronavirus? Surgical masks vs. N95 masks -- whether they work & who should wear them Will disinfectants work against COVID-19? Current progress on treatments & vaccines for coronavirus SHARE this episode by sharing the link www.drstevesilvestro.com/109
    WATCH video of our conversation at www.youtube.com/drstevesilvestro
    FOLLOW Dr. Michael Daignault on Instagram at @drdaignault
    FOLLOW me on Instagram at @zendocsteve

    • 46 min
    Saving Your Child from Ostrich Attacks & Finding the Humor in Parenting - with James Breakwell

    Saving Your Child from Ostrich Attacks & Finding the Humor in Parenting - with James Breakwell

    Comedian Ray Romano once noted that "having children is like living in a frat house — nobody sleeps, everything's broken, and there’s a lot of throwing up."
     
    As just about everyone listening to this right now knows, being a parent is one of the hardest things you’ll ever do. Sure, it’s also the most wonderful, joyous, meaningful thing you’ll ever do—but it’s no cakewalk.
     
    That’s why it really is so important to be able to look at the craziness of raising kids—yes, including the vomit everywhere—and somehow find the humor in it all.
     
    That’s the superpower of my guest today, James Breakwell. James is a professional comedy writer and self-described “amateur parent” of four girls, aged 8 and under. His parenting humor twitter account @XplodingUnicorn boasts over 1 million followers. Because of the way the social media world works, you may or may not recognize that account name, but I guarantee you’ve seen his writings if you’re on social media.
     
    James’s online writing, most commonly taking the form of conversations between himself and one of his kids, deftly brings to life the innocence and absurdity of living in a house with tiny people whose understanding of the world is tenuous at best. But he does it in a way that I really appreciate and that makes him stand out from so many other parenting humorists—by respecting and marveling at his kids along the way.
     
    He is the author of three books, including Only Dead on the Inside: A Parent’s Guide to Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse, Bare Minimum Parenting: The Ultimate Guide to Not Quite Ruining Your Child, and his newest book—How to Save Your Child from Ostrich Attacks, Accidental Time Travel, and Anything Else that Might Happen on an Average Tuesday.
     
    This was a conversation that I really think you’re going to enjoy. If you do, and you want to share this episode by sharing the link drstevesilvestro.com/108 , neither James nor I will be offended!

    • 44 min
    Handling the Stomach Flu in Kids - Everything Parents Need to Know

    Handling the Stomach Flu in Kids - Everything Parents Need to Know

    Yuck. Vomiting and diarrhea. Blech!
    As much as you might hate it, you're likely going to deal with the stomach bug many times once you have kids. 
    I've fully revamped and updated all my tips and insights for you, including:
    When to call the doctor right away When to call during business hours How to tell the difference between spit-up and vomiting, diarrhea and normal baby poop How to tell if your child is dehydrated What's actually going on when your child has a stomach virus How to help your child when she's vomiting What to do for diarrhea Foods & drinks to avoid Why you should expect that your child might vomit again 2 days after he seemingly stopped, plus why constipation comes after diarrhea Whether or not probiotics will help with a stomach virus The one tip that might keep you from getting sick, too! This is EVERYTHING I tell my patients' parents when their kids have a stomach virus -- and more! 
    You can view (and SHARE!) this episode as an ARTICLE by sharing the link www.drstevesilvestro.com/107

    • 31 min
    Inspiring Kids to Change the World - with Katie Bowers, Managing Director of The Harry Potter Alliance.mp3

    Inspiring Kids to Change the World - with Katie Bowers, Managing Director of The Harry Potter Alliance.mp3

    I’d say that anyone who’s paid attention to the news in the last few years, has been on social media—or has just conversed with other human beings—has probably gotten the sense now and then that the world seems on edge.
    Still, many of us parents can get so inspired by our own kids that we get the sense that they’re going to change the world—or at least their own corner of it.
    And a lot of kids might feel like they want to do exactly that. 
    But how to start? How to take the desire to do good and turn it into something real, something that can truly help people?
    That’s the aim of my guest in this episode and the amazing organization she manages. I got to geek out a bit in this conversation because Katie Bowers is the managing director of the Harry Potter Alliance. No, it’s not some sort of group where people talk about how awesome Harry Potter is. No, the HPA takes the passion that fans of Harry Potter and other books and movies have, and helps them turn that passion into action.
    As Katie says in our conversation:
    “When people truly become passionate about a book or a character, it’s because they see themselves in that hero.”
    And the HPA has turned fans’ passion into amazing results. With hundreds of thousands of members spanning 35 countries and six continents, the HPA has helped kids and adults create meaningful change around the world.
    They’re pretty freaking awesome if you ask me!
    In our conversation, we talk about:
    The work of the HPA and how they “turn fans into heroes” Why Harry Potter and other fictional characters inspire fans to make social change How to decide what to do if you know you want to do something, but don’t know what or how The power of “unironic enthusiasm”—the best way to foster your child’s eagerness to help How to help your kids develop leadership qualities needed to bring about change Why it’s okay to be Neville Longbottom instead of Harry or Hermione Specific projects for preschoolers vs. elementary school aged kids vs. high schoolers Tips for when your child’s project fails The importance of building a good team around you How to help kids handle the risks of the spotlight when they stand up for what they believe Why kids might have a better opportunity to build bridges with those with opposing viewpoints than adults How to teach kids to handle tough conversations with friends and loved ones with opposing views And the value of “time, patience, love, and a willingness to keep at it.” Guys, I got fired up by this conversation—it’s a great launchpad for you and your kids to make the world a better place.
    If you get inspired by this episode, please take a screenshot of your podcast app as you listen, post it to your Instagram Story, and tag me @zendocsteve. You can also share this episode on Facebook and elsewhere by sharing the link www.drstevesilvestro.com/106

    • 1 hr
    Parenting Resolutions for the New Year and Beyond

    Parenting Resolutions for the New Year and Beyond

    Remember that "always wear sunscreen" song from the late-90s? 
    Well, here's my version—updated now that we're all parents. After taking care of thousands of kids for over a decade, plus raising two of my own for over twelve years, I’ve come to recognize the value of things that aren’t taught in books.
    Here is some of my personal advice for a year of love, growth, and happiness for you and your family.
    Enjoy! 

    • 10 min

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