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First with Kids, by Dr. Lewis First

Developing an appreciation for diversity

Parents have been anything but prejudicial in asking me recently about what they can do to ensure their children grow up with an appreciation of diversity in others. Well, let me provide an unbiased look at this important topic. Appreciating diversity means being open and respectful of the ...

Cracking the problem of peanut allergy

Recently I have found parents shell-shocked to ask me questions about peanut allergies. Humorous puns aside, peanut allergies are serious, so let me shell out some information on this topic. How widespread is peanut allergy? About 2% of children in the United States are allergic to ...

ABCs of kindergarten readiness

With back to school season right around the corner, parents of 5-year-olds often ask me whether their child is really ready to enter kindergarten or if they should wait another year to give them a better start. There is no uniform time or standard by which a child should be considered for ...

Five breastfeeding myths dispelled

Expectant mothers have been concerned recently about some of the rumors they heard about breastfeeding that might discourage them from this practice. Well, since Aug. 1-7 is world breastfeeding week, let me try to keep you abreast of the truths about breastfeeding so the rumors can be ...

Going camping with children? Be prepared

Parents who plan to take their children camping have been camped out on my doorstep asking me what they can do to make sure their children stay safe and healthy when going into the woods — so let me see if I can pitch some information on this topic, which is easier for me than pitching a ...

Helping your child safely weather a thunderstorm

Parents have been lightening, or should I say brightening, up my emails with questions about helping their children overcome their fears and stay safe during an unexpected summer thunderstorm. Whether you are indoors or outdoors, thunderstorms can be scary for children and for adults as ...