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Posts for: January, 2018

January 20, 2018
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: family   discipline   Bill Gates   Success   Rules for Living   Rules   Work  

A Patient called this Bill Gates' talk to a high school graduating class to my attention.

Interesting Rules, perhaps a little harshly stated, but not without merit.





















But I wanted to learn more about whether Mr. Gates actually gave such a talk to a high school graduating class, so I found this:

Although incorrectly attributed, still good words of advice I think, doun't you?

Next I found this: showing Mr. Gates delivering words of wisdom.

As a pediatrian, the challenge is to find ways to help parents grow their children into mature independent successful adults who find happiness and meaning in life. Isn't that what we all want?!

Allowing our young children to make simple choices and experience occasional failure from wrong choices and postive consequences from right choices might be a good beginning. 

A caveat: I do believe in a safety net as kids make choices in life. Running into the street without looking both ways is not a choice option!

Texting while driving is not an allowable choice option; neither is drinking and driving.

There is much for our youth to learn and there is much to teach. Every family will have its own path to tackle this challenge.

What works for you?

Dr. T

Motherhood, in six animated videos

A video series told through the voices of six women.

Six stories that are less about parenting and more about the fundamental shift in identity that women experience. Touching and complex personal stories.

January 19, 2018
Category: Technology
Tags: School   TV   Media   sleep   sports   Meals   homework   studying   cell phone   chores   screen time   grooming   budgeting   budgets   mealtime  

I just came accross this Family Media Use Plan that allows everyone in the family to create a time budget for everyone's daily obligations including school, sport, personal hygiene, reading, homework, chores, screen time, etc. 

When media is used thoughtfully & appropriately, media can enhance daily life. But when used inappropriately or without thought, media can displace many important activities such as face-to-face interaction, family-time, outdoor-play, exercise, unplugged downtime & sleep.

By creating a Personalized Family Media Use Plan, you can be aware of when you are using media to achieve your purpose. This requires parents & users to think about what they want those purposes to be. The tool below will help you to think about media & create goals & rules that are in line with your family’s values.

Looks like fun! At a minimum going through this planning exercise with your family will certainly remind you that there are only 24 hours in a day. Accounting for school and sleep does force one to decide how to spend the rest of one's day.

Like any budget, adjustments and changes in valuation are allowed.

Try this with you young children and adolescents and let me know what results in your family.

Dr. T

January 16, 2018
Category: Nutrition
Tags: nutrition   cooking   Meals   Meal Planning   Magazines   ChopChop  

Resolve To Cook More In 2018


Even though it’s winter, ChopChop is putting the finishing touches on their spring issue. And they still have a few ChopChop aprons left! Order a one-year subscription to this wonderful magazine and get a ChopChop apron, all for just $35. The gift set makes a great birthday or anytime gift for anyone who loves to cook--and anyone who wants to learn how. Order now. 

Hungry for more? Follow them between issues for behind the scenes photos, recipes, events, and more on Facebook,TwitterPinterest, and Instagram.

This is a great family magazine that promotes families cooking together nutritious meals in their homes.

Dr. T


January 16, 2018
Category: Nutrition

ChopChop Cooking Videos 

I am pleased to bring this to your attention. ChopChop has come to the small screen. They’ve created a series of cooking videos to teach basic skills like cracking an egg, using a knife, and measuring ingredients. And the videos stars are ChopChop kids! Great for family viewing as you introduce your kids to kitchen skills. Enjoy!

ChopChopKids is an innovative non-profit organization whose mission is to inspire and teach children and families to cook real food together. They believe that cooking and eating together as a family is a vital step in resolving the obesity and hunger epidemics.

You can find the series on their YouTube channel. Have an idea for a kitchen skill you’d us to feature? Let us know at  

Dr. T