Ask the Psychologist: Holidays & Family

We’re tapping into the expertise of Dr. Stephanie Smith. Dr. Smith is a mother, clinical psychologist, author of Dr. Stephanie. Each month, she’ll answer one question from fellow parents. Have a question centered around health, kids or food for Dr. Stephanie? Comment below and let us know! Question: The holiday season often paints a picture of the “perfect” family, but not all...

Ask the Psychologist: Managing Back to School Anxiety

For our this series, we’re tapping into the expertise of Dr. Stephanie Smith. Dr. Smith is a mother, clinical psychologist, author of Dr. Stephanie. Each month, she’ll answer one question from fellow parents. Have a question centered around health, kids or food for Dr. Stephanie? Comment below and let us know! We recently spoke with Dr. Stephanie on the Healthy Family Project...

Ask the Psychologist: Screen Time & Kids

Q: We live in a day and age that our kids, from a very young age, have interaction with an electronic device. What are your recommendations on helping families set guidelines for screen time?   A: The best place to start is to look at the American Academy of Pediatrics’ guidelines for screen time. They recommend the following:   Ages...

Ask the Psychologist: Enjoying Your Kids at Every Age

For our newest series, we’re tapping into the expertise of Dr. Stephanie Smith. Dr. Smith is a mother, clinical psychologist, author of Dr. Stephanie. Each month, she’ll answer one question from fellow parents. Have a question centered around health, kids or food for Dr. Stephanie? Comment below and let us know!   As my kids grow I find myself feeling sad that...

Ask the Psychologist: ADHD & Appetite

For our newest series, we’re tapping into the expertise of Dr. Stephanie Smith. Dr. Smith is a mother, clinical psychologist, author of Dr. Stephanie. Each month, she’ll answer one question from fellow parents. Have a question centered around health, kids or food for Dr. Stephanie? Comment below and let us know! My daughter was recently diagnosed with ADHD and has begun taking...

Ask the Psychologist: BMI and Kids

For our newest series, we're tapping into the expertise of Dr. Stephanie Smith. Dr. Smith is a mother, clinical psychologist, author of Dr. Stephanie. Each month, she'll answer one question from fellow parents. Have a question centered around health, kids or food for Dr. Stephanie? Comment below and let us know! Many schools across the U.S. check-in yearly with kids’ BMI (Body...

Where to Start When You Don’t Like to Cook

In this age of Pinterest and The Food Network, it can seem as if everyone loves to cook. Not only that, but they’re all scrambling to show everyone else just how appetizing, kid-friendly and all-around-wonderful their breakfasts, lunches and dinners can be. It can almost feel like a dirty little secret to admit: “I hate to cook!” I think a...

Where to Start When No One In the Family Eats the Same Thing

Before I became a parent, I thought I would never cook separate meals for different members of my family. “What a waste of time!” I thought. “I’ll never become one of those short-order-cook parents!” I told myself. “Our kids will eat anything we put in front of them!” I told my husband. Fast forward 13+ years and I have eaten...

Where to Start When Your Teen Develops Poor Eating Habits

Oh, how I long for the days when my kids ate what I put in front of them. They weren’t strong enough to open the fridge, couldn’t reach the cookies in the pantry, and had no money of their own and no transportation to get to the nearest fast food restaurant. There are zillions of books, websites and blogs dedicated...

Where to Start Planting a Garden with Kids

I have 3 kids, ages 12, 10 and 5. They are at different developmental stages, so I have to be creative when it comes to finding things we can all do (and enjoy!) together. Bike riding is a hit. So is going out to eat and swimming. But this year, I’m trying something new: gardening as a family. My husband...