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Parenting Tips

Listening to Kid Logic for a Compromise

Most children rarely get the chance to change an adult's mind using their own logic. However, developing logical thoughts is important to their decision-making and communication abilities. For example, dinner is taking longer than expected to prepare. A half-hour before it, your child asks for a snack. Usually, he hears, "Not so close to dinner." However, appetizers or sampling the dinner fare is not uncommon as an adult's hunger builds. Similarly, your child is hungry. You do have a legitimate concern that sweet snacks will ruin his appetite. Try stating it in a way that will elicit a logical response: "My only worry is that fruit snacks will keep you from eating your dinner." Listen to your child's response. Then, come to a compromise that allows a small nutritional snack, and keeps you both in good spirits when dinner is served.

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On July 1, 2019, Dr. Philip Hourigan will retire from the practice of pediatric primary care.  Dr. Hourigan has been caring for infants and children for over 35 years.  His practice consists of three generations of families.  He will be greatly missed by his patients and colleagues.  We all join in wishing him a happy and healthy retirement.
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