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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.

The Child Repair Guide with Dr. Steve Silvestro Dr. Steve Silvestro

    • Kids & Family
    • 4.9, 112 Ratings

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.

    Decoding Boys - with Dr. Cara Natterson

    Decoding Boys - with Dr. Cara Natterson

    The task of parenting a modern day boy is daunting. It's as if teenage boys and those who raise them are in an Indiana Jones movie, dodging blades and poisonous darts flying past them at every turn. And the snake-filled pit, of course, is the constant barrage of headlines showing masculinity gone wrong.
    So how do we crack the code of raising boys—and do so right at a time when they typically start growing quiet?
    That’s the focus of Decoding Boys: The New Science Behind the Subtle Art of Raising Sons—the newest book from Cara Natterson, MD. You might remember Dr. Natterson from our episode together on “How to Talk to Kids about Puberty” (and if you haven’t listened to that, you should—it’s a fan-favorite!). Dr. Natterson is a superstar pediatrician who wears many hats, but its her work as caretaker of the modern iteration of The Care and Keeping of You and her book Guy Stuff: The Body Book for Boys—that makes her the go-to expert on helping families ride the ups and downs of puberty.
    In our conversation, she lays out the secrets you can use to crack the code of raising sons.

    • 58 min
    Helping Kids Cope in Difficult Times - with Robin Brannan

    Helping Kids Cope in Difficult Times - with Robin Brannan

    "Fear and what you do with it are two separate things."
    I love this quote from Kimberly Brubaker Bradley, especially right now. 
    What we and our kids do with big emotions can have more of an impact on our lives than feeling the emotions themselves. 
    In this episode, Robin Brannan, founder of Better Together Family Therapy, shares tips to help kids cope in difficult times.
    You just might find that many of these tips helpful for yourself, too!
    And on another note:
    If you or someone you know has a preschooler, be sure to check out 10-Minute Preschool, a new video series featuring the one and only Monica Silvestro! Monica takes the magic of her preschool classroom and brings it to your preschooler in fun, educational videos that are 10 minutes or less. 
    Check them all out here, with more to come: 
    https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLK2JtHmTfH5lXyUH6S8z8TY2WSnp9TdY0

    • 52 min
    Update from the Front Lines of COVID-19 - with ER Physician Michael Daignault

    Update from the Front Lines of COVID-19 - with ER Physician Michael Daignault

    When I last spoke with Dr. Michael Daignault 6 weeks ago, the COVID-19 storm was approaching.
    Now that we're in the thick of it, he and I catch up to discuss what it's been like on the front lines in the Emergency Department.
    We also dispel some rumors you may have heard about treatment & prevention, discuss what's necessary to "open the country," and silver linings in this new normal.
    Find video of our conversation at youtube.com/drstevesilvestro
    You can help! Go to www.covid-meals.org and learn how to sponsor meals delivered from your local restaurants to your community hospital.

    • 59 min
    Home Teaching & Helping Kids Thrive During COVID-19 - with Dr. Anisha Abraham

    Home Teaching & Helping Kids Thrive During COVID-19 - with Dr. Anisha Abraham

    We're in a new normal—and with no clear end in sight. And as frustrating or anxiety-provoking as it may be, there is one indisputable fact about our current situation: We and our children will grow as people because of it.
    So how do we ensure that growth and development are the best they can be? How do we help our kids thrive during COVID-19?
    Having lived in Hong Kong and currently living in the Netherlands, Dr. Anisha Abraham has seen friends and coworkers manage parenting in a pandemic for months now—and she shares the lessons they've learned in our conversation on The Child Repair Guide Podcast.
    Dr. Anisha Abraham is a pediatrician and teen health specialist based in Amsterdam, Netherlands and on faculty at both the University of Amsterdam and Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, DC.  She works with teens, parents, and educators globally, using her 25 years of experience as a clinician, researcher, speaker, and health educator. Her book Raising Global Teens: Parenting in the 21st Century will be released this autumn in local bookstores and on Amazon.
    Listen as we discuss everything from home learning to how to help kids thrive in the midst of social distancing and pandemic.

    • 47 min
    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

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