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Dental Health for Kids

One of the most common questions I get from parents is, “How do I get my child to brush their teeth?” to which I respond, “How do you get your child to eat their vegetables?” Parenting is wrought with these daily challenges and as you get to know your child more and more, you will learn that what works to motivate one child, may not appeal to another.

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Helping Your Teen Recover from a Concussion

Mary Holmgren unexpectedly learned how tough it is for a teen to recover from a concussion. After a headbutt during a wrestling match injured her son Kyle, the high schooler suffered headaches and forgetfulness for weeks. It took a bit of pressure for him to cooperate in his healing.

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The Importance of Eye Exams

As you prepare your child’s back-to-school checklist, you want to make sure you have a comprehensive eye examination as part of that list. Did you know that 80 percent of learning is done through vision? Eye exams are just as important as dental visits and annual physicals. As an optometrist, I believe it is important to have your child’s eyes examined to encourage normal vision development and academic achievement.

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Giving up or Something More?

No parent sets out to raise a quitter; no teacher sets out to nurture one. Your lip curls just at the suggestion, doesn’t it? My thoughts on this loaded subject crystallized when the following questions from a reporter came across my desk: “When is it okay for a child to quit a sport or activity? How can adults determine the difference between a truly bad fit and a child who simply wants to stop when the going gets tough, only to start another activity and repeat the cycle?”

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