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Beyond the Mommy Wars

In the world of parenting, it’s easy to get caught in the crossfire of the “Mommy Wars.” This term, often used in social media and parenting circles, refers to the intense debates and judgments parents face over their childrearing choices. But let’s shift our...

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Caring for Your Newborn: An A to Z Guide

Symbolically, babies represent the dawn of possibilities, new adventures, and the promise of growth and discovery. Welcoming a newborn into your family is an experience filled with hope and joy, mirroring the fresh start that each New Year brings. While it’s a journey filled...

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Newborn Class with Dr. Beth Dexter Rice

Farrell Pediatrics invites expectant first-time parents to join our complimentary class focused on newborn care. Led by our board-certified pediatricians, this informative session aims to equip you with essential knowledge and practical skills to help you confidently navigate the exciting yet challenging first few...

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Fall Family Fun List

Autumn has arrived. Spend quality time with your family this fall! Fall Family Fun List 🍂 Pumpkin Patch Adventure 🎃: Visit a local pumpkin patch, choose pumpkins to carve, and enjoy hayrides. Leaf Pile Jump 🍁: Rake up a big pile of colorful autumn...

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Building Children’s Self Sufficiency

As a parent or guardian, your ultimate goal is to raise capable, self-sufficient individuals who can confidently navigate the complexities of life. The teenage years are a critical period for fostering independence and preparing your teens for adulthood. In this blog, we share some...

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Preparing Your Family for Emergencies

As parents, it is crucial to be prepared for unexpected emergencies. While we cannot always prevent them, we can take steps to ensure we are equipped to handle them. This blog post provides essential tips to help you prepare for emergencies and keep your...

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down syndrome

An Overview of Down Syndrome for Parents 

Down syndrome is a genetic disorder that affects approximately 1 in every 700 babies born in the United States. It is caused by an extra copy of the 21st chromosome which results in physical and mental developmental delays. Individuals with Down syndrome often have...

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Colorful Books 📚

February is a lot of people’s least favorite month. Even though it’s short it feels long. Part of that is that it usually is gray and rainy and dull. One way to avoid the February doldrums is to read some colorful books with your...

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How to Find Books Your Child Will Love

When my kids were younger, people would often ask me how I found books to read with them. There are tons of fantastic resources out there for book ideas:  You can look at the booklists at Read Aloud Revival or Heritage Mom, or countless other book blogs. ...

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Book Series to Read & Love

One of my family’s favorite vacations was to Iceland. The natural beauty was the main attraction, but I’ve also always felt a special place in my heart for Iceland, a country with many book lovers. They even have a unique holiday tradition, Jolabokaflod, where...

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Indoor Exercise Activities for Children

Exercise is essential all year long and an important part of both physical and mental well-being, but cold weather often keeps us indoors and less active in the winter. Unless there are extreme weather conditions or extenuating circumstances, playing outside in the winter is...

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Books Celebrating the Bond of Grandparents

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays because it usually means spending time with extended family. Holidays are an excellent time for children to connect and bond with grandparents and relatives living farther away. Whether traveling or hosting this year, these books are great...

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Navigating Divorce with Children

Navigating Divorce with Children Parents going through a divorce often worry about their children’s well-being. A divorce is a significant change for everyone involved, and a child’s routine is often drastically disrupted in the early stages. This can lead to the child feeling...

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Performance Anxiety in Children

School children of any age can experience classroom-related performance anxiety. Parents and pediatricians are noticing more stress and anxiety symptoms in children than ever before. This anxiety can sometimes overlap with panic attacks, sleep disturbances, and depression. The pressure can come from well-meaning parents,...

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Beachy Books for Kids

Mid-Summer and many of us want to be at the beach enjoying the waves and sand. If you can’t go there yourself, the next best thing is sharing a great book about the beach with your kids. These picture books about the ocean are...

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Summer Travel Safety

Vacationing with kids can be a great adventure that allows family members to reconnect and strengthen their bonds. Summer break offers more opportunities for both short and long trips. The excitement that comes with the anticipation of upcoming travel can be short-lived when a...

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Understanding Your Teen’s Medical Rights

When your child gets older, their medical care is different than when they are young. As they reach puberty and their teenage years, the need for privacy increases, and their health and medical needs are no exception. Many young adults and teenagers are not...

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Sun Safety Tips for Kids

Skin cancer is the most preventable cancer there is today. It is also one of the fastest-growing cancers among adults, and it is rapidly increasing among children. The dangers of the sun’s ultraviolet radiation or UV light are well documented. Luckily, we can still...

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Books About Birds

Reading recommendations from our own Dr. Alice Mar One of the best parts about having kids is learning about the things they are interested in. One of my kids really loved birds when he was younger (so much so that he became a vegetarian...

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Books to Celebrate the Year of the Tiger

Reading recommendations from our own Dr. Alice Mar Happy New Year! Don’t worry, I’m not a month late…February ushered in the Lunar New Year in many Eastern countries. And in 2022 it also ushered in the Year of the Tiger. Enjoy these tiger themed...

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Is Your Teen Dating Safely?

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness month. It is important to acknowledge that there are high rates of dating violence across the United States, and those numbers are only getting higher as the pandemic continues to take its toll. Dating violence impacts people of...

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Books to Celebrate National Hat Day

Reading recommendations from our own Dr. Alice Mar I’m writing this on a well-known holiday in January. Of course I am talking about National Hat Day which is January 15th. No worries if you missed celebrating. You can still join in the fun with...

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Books to Celebrate the Winter Season

Reading recommendations from our own Dr. Alice Mar Winter is here! It’s the perfect season for curling up with a good book and a big cup of hot chocolate. Here is a list of winter themed books that kids of all ages can enjoy...

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Books to Celebrate Thanksgiving

Reading recommendations from our own Dr. Alice Mar It’s almost Thanksgiving, and at the top of my list of things to be thankful for is books! Here is a short list of some of my family’s favorite books to read around this holiday: Balloons...

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National STEM/STEAM Day

National STEM/STEAM Day is November 8th! November 8th is “National STEM/STEAM Day” – a day to encourage kids to explore and pursue their interests in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math in fun and engaging ways. The ultimate goal is to show kids that...

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Books to Celebrate National Pizza Month

Reading recommendations from our own Dr. Alice Mar You might think of pumpkins in October. Or candy corn. Or apples. But maybe what you should think of is pizza….October is National Pizza Month after all. Pizza is fun to eat and also fun to...

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Baby Sleep Safety

Source  October is Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Awareness Month. More than 1 out of 3 sudden unexpected infant deaths that occur in the United States each year are from SIDS.  SIDS, also commonly referred to as “crib death,” is a sudden...

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Back-to-School Safety

This fall marks an exciting time across the country as many students return to in-person instruction for the first time since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Protecting children from the virus is undoubtedly the priority for most parents at this time, however it...

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Dog Days of Summer Books

reading recommendations from our own Dr. Alice Mar As I write this we are in the middle of the dog days of summer. (I just learned that saying comes from the Romans and refers to the brightness of Sirius (the Dog Star) during mid-July...

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Gold Medal Books for Your Young Olympian

Reading recommendations from our own Dr. Alice Mar One of the things my family is most looking forward to this month is watching the Summer Olympics. I’ve always loved watching the Olympics and this year feels even more exciting after having to wait an...

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Books to Celebrate Father’s Day

Reading recommendations from our own Dr. Alice Mar Last month we featured books that celebrate mom…this month we’ll celebrate dad! Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney In this book, the father and son hares play the “I love you more game” that...

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Adventures in Summer Reading

Reading recommendations from Dr. Alice Mar Happy June and the beginning of summer! As we talked about last month, summer is a great time to encourage kids to read. And what’s better to read than books about kids having summer adventures. Try some of...

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Books to Celebrate Mom

Reading recommendations from our very own Dr. Alice Mar Mothers can be hard to find in children’s literature. My kids and I joke that you have to get the mothers (and fathers) out of the way somehow in order for all the adventuring to...

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Funny Books for the Whole Family

Did you know that April is National Humor Month? It makes sense that this month kicks-off with April Fool’s Day (which I think can be fun but I’ve never been a fan of pranks that border on mean). Since we all know that laughter is...

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Self-care for Parents

“Put your oxygen mask on first before assisting others.” Most of us have heard these words as we scramble to get ourselves situated before a flight. It is sage advice that should be incorporated into your daily life – not just inside the cabin...

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Too Sweet on Sugar?

February is American Heart Month, National Children’s Dental Month and, thanks to Valentine’s Day, it’s also one of the highest months of sugar consumption each year.  The average adult American eats about 17 teaspoons of added sugar a day, which is nearly double the recommended limit...

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Resilience as a Resolution

2020 has been a year of challenges and changes for our kids… and ourselves.  Physical distancing, remote learning, fear and uncertainty have taken a toll on our children’s emotional health and sense of well-being.  But the new year brings with it new hope and...

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The Best Book Series for Kids

It’s the time of gift-giving which often means books in our house. A great gift is the first book in a series that will then promise hours and hours of happy reading.The series below are all ones our family has enjoyed together. Many of...

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Science Books for Curious Kids

Reading recommendations from Dr. Alice Mar This fall, I’ve been sharing some books to use as supplements for schooling at home during this season when school looks different than the norm. This month we’ll look at my favorite subject: science. Science is one of...

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Keeping Your Kids Safe Online

With children spending more time online than ever, parents are struggling to ensure their safety from online predators and cyber bullies.  Reports of online child exploitation have risen since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.  43% of teens aged 13 to 17 report that...

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More Books to Make Math Fun!

Reading recommendations from Dr. Alice Mar I’m continuing to share some books we’ve used in our house as educational supplements. Last month we tackled reading and phonics. This month we’ll revisit some of my favorite books to use as to show kids that Math...

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Kids Mental Health During a Pandemic

Children and teens are experiencing unprecedented changes to their lives and routines during the COVID-19 pandemic.  These challenges can lead to feelings of sadness, anxiety, and stress.  While parents have received a lot of information on the physical effects of the disease and how...

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Books About Houses and Homes

Reading recommendations from Dr. Alice Mar I hope you and your family are doing well and staying safe during this unprecedented time. Since we’re all staying home a lot more than usual, why not explore all things related to houses and homes with your...

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Best Gardening Books for Kids

By Danielle Steinberg for PBS.org Inch by inch, row by row, learn to make your garden grow! Browse through these seed-filled reads and explore the outdoors through books. From Seed to Plant Gail Gibbons Age: 4-8 Hard to understand concepts like plant reproduction, seed dispersal,...

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All About Coronavirus (COVID-19)

This is a trying time for us all.  As your trusted healthcare provider, we aim to be a helpful resource for you as you navigate your family’s health, wellness, and education during the COVID-19 pandemic.   Our Coronavirus landing page provides information about COVID-19, what...

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Learning From Home

Recommendations from Dr. Alice Mar I thought I’d depart from my usual book recommendations this month. With the coronavirus pandemic, many of you are faced with school closures and may be looking for resources for educational things to do with your kids to supplement...

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Presidents’ Day Books for Kids

Book recommendations from Dr. Alice Mar February is a great time for reading about American history. It’s when we celebrate President’s Day and Black History Month. There are so many excellent books you can share with your kids. This year being an election year...

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Family Fitness in February

February is National Heart Month and we’re reminded that heart disease — the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States — can be prevented through a healthy lifestyle.  The American Heart Association recommends that kids and teens (ages 6-17)...

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Award Winning Children’s Books

Reading recommendations from Dr. Alice Mar Last January I shared a list of kid-approved books that have also won the coveted Newbery award for the most distinguished overall contribution in children’s literature. I thought I’d return to the treasure trove of past Newbery winners...

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Raising Resilient Kids

Modern families experience tremendous amounts of stress.  Children and adolescents are especially susceptible to mounting pressures from academics, extracurriculars, and their peers. In today’s environment, children and teens need to develop strengths, acquire skills to cope, recover from hardships, and be prepared for future...

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Best Books to Give as Gifts

Reading recommendations from Dr. Alice Mar It’s the gift-giving season! Books are my favorite things to give and to receive. I thought instead of a general gift guide I’d share what I’m getting my own kids. Your kids might have different interests but maybe...

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Books About Gratitude

Reading recommendations from Dr. Alice Mar Thanksgiving is possibly my favorite holiday. It’s (mostly) free from the commercial pressures of the bookends of Halloween and Christmas. It’s really all about eating good food, hanging out with family and friends and remembering our blessings. Gratitude...

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(Not So) Scary Stories to Read in the Dark

Reading recommendations from Dr. Alice Mar I have a confession to make. I’ve never been a big fan of Halloween. I’m just not someone who enjoys being scared or spooked. But my kids have always loved the holiday, which I get. Candy and dressing...

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All About Sleep

Why Sleep is So Important Sleep is vital for everyone’s health — but especially for kids since it affects their mental and physical development and well-being.  Without sufficient sleep, children can experience increased irritability, stress, forgetfulness and decreased energy, focus/attention problems, troubles with memory...

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Favorite Fall Reads

Reading recommendations from Dr. Alice Mar September is here which means it’s fall. You may not believe it with the 90 degree days and sun…but just go to the store and look at all the pumpkin spice products and you’ll know it’s true. Fall...

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Minimizing Back-to-School Stress

Back-to-School is an exciting time of year, but also a stressful one for both parents and kids. Here are our recommendations for minimizing back-to-school stress and anxiety: Manage Expectations In a society that strives for perfectionism, we are bombarded with pressures to perform at...

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Back-to-School Books

Reading recommendations from Dr. Alice Mar If your family is like mine,  you are shocked to realize the summer is almost over and it’s time for school to begin. Starting school can be both exciting and terrifying for kids of all ages. A great...

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Our Best Beach Books

Reading recommendations from Dr. Alice Mar Mid-Summer and many of us want to be at the beach enjoying the waves and sand. If you can’t go there yourself, the next best thing is sharing a great book about the beach with your kids. These...

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Summer Water Safety Tips

One of the best things about warm weather is spending time in the water. Whether you’re at the lake, pool, beach, or water park, being in the water is the perfect way to cool off. But water poses a serious threat, especially to children. ...

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Summer Skin Care and Wellness

Now that school is almost out, your child will be spending more time in the great outdoors. Summer skin care is important at every age, so here are some tips and ideas to keep your children safe and healthy. HYDRATE! Your child’s skin needs...

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Build-Your-Own Summer Reading Program

Reading recommendations from Dr. Alice Mar May is here! If your family is like mine, May feels like a race to the finish line of the school year made more complicated by a seemingly never-ending list of spring activities. However, May also brings a...

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Controlling Screen Time

An entire generation is growing up with internet-enabled devices, and many parents wonder how they should be controlling screen time. A 2017 Common Sense Media survey showed 70 percent of parents said they’re concerned about the amount of time their kids spend using digital...

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Poetry for Kids

April is National Poetry Month! It’s a great time to read poetry with kids. Maybe you have never been a poetry lover or your kids think poetry is boring. Give some of these books a try…they just might change your mind. Hailstones and Halibut Bones by...

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Snow White and Seasonal Allergies

Grumpy, Sneezy and Sleepy may be names of Snow White’s dwarves, but they’re also signs your child may be suffering from seasonal allergies.  Read on to learn how to differentiate allergies from illness, and whether or not your child needs to be seen by...

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Books About Math

Reading recommendations from Dr. Alice Mar March is the beginning of spring which means bunnies and flowers and cute baby animals. And of course, it is also one of the best holidays of the year….pi day (3/14 to the non-math geeks out there). Math...

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March Into Spring Fitness

Spring is the perfect time to STEP UP your fitness routine.  It’s time to move those feet!   First, you’ll need to purchase pedometers so you can track your progress, have fun adding to your step numbers, and celebrate your success! It doesn’t have to...

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The Spring Step Challenge 2019

It’s time to get stepping! Join Farrell and South Riding Pediatrics in our annual step challenge from April 1-30. The top three children or adolescent finishes will receive $50 towards their favorite athletic brand or store! Anyone who meets the Super Stepper goal of...

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Books for Mystery Lovers

February is a short month full of what feels like long cold days. Nothing is better on one of those endless winter days than a cozy mystery. Kids like mysteries and puzzles as much as adults. Here are some of great books for your...

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