By contactus@kangospediatrics.com
April 02, 2014
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Recent family studies (200 families over 7 years) have shown that social skills and self-esteem are enhanced when teenagers spend more time with their parents and especially alone time with their dads.  Perhaps this is due to fathers spending more time joking with their kids and in more active, fun activities.  The mom’s role is also integrated early into the child’s life so that later skill development through mom’s interactions go relatively unacknowledged.  It appeared that teenagers continue to want close relationships with parents overall but over shorter periods of time. 

By contactus@kangospediatrics.com
January 09, 2014
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Infancy is an amazing time of life for babies and their parents.  Infants engage the family and other adults and children alike.

Early experiences have dramatic and long lasting effects on our development. Physical and sensory stimulation in a loving context have enormous influence on infant development.

There are infant reflexes that are present at birth that support the survival of babies during the initial months of life. These go away to varying degrees as the child develops beyond infancy. Robust interactions with parents in physical and sensory ways support the waning of these "primitive" spinal reflexes and support optimum development.

By contactus@kangospediatrics.com
December 27, 2013
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San Francisco State University has begun using an innovative, hands-on approach to teaching 3rd grade students fractions.  “Academic music” facilitates a fundamental working knowledge of fractions by the use of clapping, drumming, chanting and musical notation.  The fractional values of half, quarter, eighth notes etc. provide an effective added dimension to learning mathematics in addition to the symbolic and word problem format.

The importance of fractions in everyday life, often referred to as “mental math”, can be a key facilitator for later academic success or frustration.  Algebra requires it later in middle school.  Discussions in the business world and around home financial matters certainly involve this ability. 

It is wonderful to contemplate how children's music as well as the beautiful rhythms of Beethoven and Mozart may influence learning and lead to functional strengths as an adult! 

By contactus@kangospediatrics.com
December 27, 2013
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There is a lot of attention drawn to "unstructured play" time as valuable in a child's development but it is also a very important part of "team-building" and bonding between parent and child.  As parents we need time to be open-ended and creative with our kids.  Free time where new ideas and mutual interests can be explored can change the direction that families and children pursue.  A lot of learning goes on in school and parents need unscheduled time to stay in the loop of where their kids are in their peer groups.  

Access to definitive information can be a big part of stimulating and pursuing family interests.  The family computer can greatly augment conversation.  Wikipedia is a great resource.

By contactus@kangospediatrics.com
September 27, 2013
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Breastfeeding can be safely done while taking a majority of prescription drugs. Many mothers worry or are instructed to discontinue their long term medication unnecessarily. Now, there is a free app for mobile/desktop devices called LactMed that provides up-to-date information on safety of substances while breastfeeding. Website is: http://toxnet.nlm.nih.gov/.

It covers topics including immunization of breastfeeding women, use of psychiatric medications, herbal products, narcotics and more.  This is very well written and designed to be an up-to-date resource for everyone.





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