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First with Kids, by Dr. Lewis First

Backtalk

Parents have been quite verbal recently with lots of concerns about their children’s backtalk. This week I will talk back to those parents with some helpful information. Backtalk is really a power-seeking and attention-getting behavior in school age kids. This behavior is not to be ...

Is strength training safe?

Parents have been pressing me recently to comment on whether I think it is safe for older children and teenagers to do strength training. Let me see if I can raise a few points about this issue. - How it works, why it can be beneficial, and when to be cautious - Strength training ...

Head lice

With school back in session, I find myself trying to head off many questions about head lice. Head lice are tiny tan to reddish brown insects about the size of a sesame seed that love to live on the scalp of your child, bite into the scalp, cause itching and scratching, and eventually lay ...

ADHD facts and myths

Parents have been getting my attention with concerns they have about whether or not their child might have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or ADHD. Let me see if I can focus on those concerns and separate the fact from the fiction. - When do signs appear? - ADHD, though ...

Quitting a sport

Parents have done anything but quit asking me questions about whether they should let their child quit playing a sport in the middle of a season. Let me see if I’m game enough to comment on the topic of quitting an activity. Usually a child who wants to quit a sport or activity has a ...

The stubborn toddler

Parents have been refusing to stop asking me questions about how to handle their stubborn toddler. I need to provide some firm information on this topic, so here goes. Negativism and stubbornness are a normal phase that most children go through between 18 months and three years of age, ...