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Our family tries to do family dinners at the table and with the TV off at least 4-5 times per week. We discuss each other's days, topics in the news, and other conversational basics -which can become a little stale at times. Do you have any suggestions for ways to mix up the conversation or fun dinner time games that can help us better interact as a family or teach the kids something important? Jack, Bristol, CT
Yinka Davies

Dr. Yinka Davies, Pediatrician, Mother of Two, says:

Jack, this is a great thing that you are doing! It does get more and more difficult to do this as technology and busy schedules takes over our lives. We forget to have enough face time with our... See More Details
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My son is 7 years old and starting to resist going to bed. He thinks he is too old for a bed time and wants to stay up later and watch TV like his older brother. It feels like very night is turning into a power struggle. What can I do to help him get ready to go to bed more peacefully? Cynthia, Millen, GA
Yinka Davies

Dr. Yinka Davies, Pediatrician, Mother of Two, says:

Between the ages of 6 and 8 years children need an average of 11-12 hours of sleep a night and between the ages of 9 and 10 years they need 9-12 hours of sleep a night. You can communicate to your 7... See More Details
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My daughter is 10 years old. She is a bright, fun girl. Her best friend and her are very close and spend all of their spare time together. I think it's great that she has such a close and loyal friend. However, I am concerned that by focusing TOO much on one friend, she is missing out on the chance to socialize with more kids and learn how to get along with different, diverse types of people. When I try to encourage her to play with other kids, she just wants to spend time with her best friend. Short of forcing her away from her friend, what else can I do to encourage her to expand her social circle? Miranda, Davis, CA
Yinka Davies

Dr. Yinka Davies, Pediatrician, Mother of Two, says:

Encourage her to participate in an extracurricular activity. If you focus on an activity that you know she will enjoy, she is more likely to take you up on this opportunity. Once there, she will... See More Details
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I feel like I have more of a bond with my sons than with my daughter. What are some ways that I can build that bond with her as well? Elizabeth, San Antonio, TX
Yinka Davies

Dr. Yinka Davies, Pediatrician, Mother of Two, says:

Participating in activities that your daughter enjoys will help start to build the bond. Set apart some time for just your daughter and you - take a weekend trip together, start a fun project or take... See More Details
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Do you have a specific, great-tasting recipe that your kids love to eat, but is also healthy for them? Alice, Hudson, FL
Yinka Davies

Dr. Yinka Davies, Pediatrician, Mother of Two, says:

One of my favorite, easy recipes is Pinwheel wraps. You can modify this recipe with cream cheese and your favorite veggies, add turkey, or try it with peanut butter and bananas. Below are... See More Details
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No matter how we try, my 11 year old cannot seem to lose weight. We switched to low-fat milk, only wheat bread, and have limited fast food to a special treat once every two months. He also gets plenty of exercise. His self esteem is suffering terribly. He is 5 feet tall and 154 pounds. What can we do to help him? Tammy, East Islip, NY
Yinka Davies

Dr. Yinka Davies, Pediatrician, Mother of Two, says:

You have definitely made a good start by reducing the calories in certain foods and encouraging him to get plenty of exercise. A lot of times, kids are still taking in too many calories by eating too... See More Details
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Sometimes my son just doesn't want to eat his veggies. My husband insists he stay at the table till he finishes. I feel like this approach is causing bigger problems and I am happy as long as he tries a bit of everything. What do you think is the best approach? Marsha, Commack, NY
Yinka Davies

Dr. Yinka Davies, Pediatrician, Mother of Two, says:

There definitely needs to be a happy medium. Getting your son to sit at the table until he finishes may be starting a power struggle that may be more difficult to deal with in the long run. I would... See More Details
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My 11 year old son is heavy and getting heavier. Lectures on eating right and leading by example are not helping. I can't get him to eat vegetables. It seems that all he wants to eat is cereal, pizza, chips, pretzels, bread. He only seems to like foods high in fat, carbohydrates and starches. I buy very few snack foods, which has helped cut down on his snacking, but if I don't have those specific foods, he looks for anything salty or sweet to eat. What can I do? Dyanna, Hollsopple, PA
Yinka Davies

Dr. Yinka Davies, Pediatrician, Mother of Two, says:

Pediatric obesity is a growing problem and we are seeing many the health consequences that obesity affects. One of the simplest things to do is not have any of these foods available in your home.... See More Details
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My oldest of 4 children will not eat ANY veggies and it is affecting my 5 year olds eating habits. How do I get my 9 year old to eat veggies? Becky, Myrtle Beach, SC
Debbie Drown

Debbie Drown, Educator, Principal, says:

There are several things that you could try:

  1. Explain that not eating veggies is not an option, but that he/she may have a choice of veggie each night.
  2. Have a fun veggie... See More Details
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My Grade School aged daughter has become obsessed with food. She wants to eat much too frequently and primarily un-healthy snacks. If I allow her to pack her lunch for school, she takes 100 more than she needs. Also, I have been finding her sneaking foods. She is slightly overweight and I don't want her to become obese. But, I don't want her to go the other direction and develop an opposite eating problem. What should I do? Pat, Berrien Center, MI
Jeff Winckler

Jeff Winckler, Educator, Father, says:

Healthy habits about diet and excise begin when a person is young. It's very important for school age children to learn how to apply portion control and eat in moderation, as well as understand the... See More Details
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