Becoming a master potter

An infant is born with a large degree of predetermined temperment and personality. We as parents mold, refine and shape the rough protoplasm of our children’s genetic predispositions. In addition, we influence the outcome of our children’s overall construct with our own personality tendencies and styles. Recently a self-aware, mature and accomplished mother questioned her own ability to set … Continue reading ›

The Halloween haul

Halloween is on the horizon and for many parents, the question of what to do with all those Halloween candy treats is the scariest proposition of all! Some of you may lean toward restricting all access to the forbidden treats while others feel they are powerless over the influence of the in-home, candy invasion. What to … Continue reading ›

Pureed food in pouches. What’s up with that?

Pureed food in pouches: Boon or Bane? Post by: Carol Danaher, MPH RD Getting good information to parents isn’t easy. Two years ago, I participated in a telephone survey of 130 families with children under the age of 5 years. One of the questions was “what do you like about how your child eats?” A … Continue reading ›

Who are you?

Hello Kids, I am so blessed to experience each of you and your perspectives as I practice my passion of being your doctor. I commonly ask each of you what you are good at and I almost always get a sports related answer (whether you are 4 or 14). I too love athletics and physical activity. Believe … Continue reading ›

Be responsible

Hi Kids, Please take a dose of responsibility each day. Be accountable for your actions. Tell the truth if you make a mistake or a poor choice. It’s often very easy to blame someone else or say nothing when you should. The more you tell the truth, the easier it becomes. Be real, Dr. Mark

Back to the basics

I recently asked one of my 4 year old patients if he had love in his heart. After a moment of contemplation, he quietly replied yes. His mother smiled and then told me of a recent time when she gently kissed her son on his arm. Curiously, he looked at her and innocently asked, “What was that?” “Love”, she answered. Whimsically … Continue reading ›

Did you say hand, mouth, and hoof disease?

When the warmer months roll around, a family of viruses named “enteroviruses” make a roaring entrance. Entero means intestinal and while these viruses love to infect the intestines of humans, they also cause symptoms within the mouth, stomach and skin. I recently saw my first case of hand, foot, and mouth disease for the year. These viruses are very contagious (from kid to kid) and once I see one case … Continue reading ›

Proper vaccine storage

Have you heard about a recent study that highlighted the importance of proper vaccine storage and handling?  The report found that improper storage of vaccines at temperatures beyond those recommended and the administration of outdated vaccines are not uncommon practices in some settings. Children/adolescents are not directly harmed in these situations; however, they may remain at risk … Continue reading ›

Growing up

Kids, Grow in faith, love and hope. Take the good that’s in your heart and make great things with it. Be well, Dr. Mark

Love in your heart

Kids, Do you have love in your heart? I believe each and every one of you do. Can you feel it when you are kind to someone? Just like you, love is a precious gift. Enjoy it. Have fun with it. Use it as often as you can.   Make a difference in our world, Dr. Mark