Stories about: Parenting

Beyond the birds and the bees: What children really need to hear from their parents

Mother and teen daughter hugWhen most parents think about talking to their kids about sex, it makes them very uncomfortable. It’s not exactly easy to discuss the specifics of how babies are made — especially when you are hoping that your kid doesn’t have sex until they are, well, much older. Which makes you not want to discuss it with them until they are, well, much older.

The problem is that kids need to have conversations with their parents about sex and sexuality earlier rather than later, certainly by middle school.

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The founder, a parent and a patient: Three yogis who are giving back

Yoga family
Anabelle, Bill and Jaime MacDonald

Yoga instructors and practitioners from New England and around the globe come together every year for Yoga Reaches Out. The day-long gathering inspires and unites participants in a day of selfless service or “seva” benefitting families and children.

Now in its eighth year, Yoga Reaches Out has donated over 1.3 million dollars to help fund Boston Children’s neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), the Heart Center, leukemia research, autism research, a playground, key research and the Wellness Program. Offering free services like yoga and meditation, The Wellness Program is a place for families to gain the strength, resilience and hope they need as their children go through the toughest tests of their young lives.

Read the stories of three yogis giving back this year.

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Coming to terms with my 9-year-old’s eating disorder

Young girl overcomes eating disorder

I didn’t think my 9-year-old daughter was at risk for developing an eating disorder. She was not involved in any of the known “risk” sports like gymnastics, dance or ice skating. She wasn’t a child preoccupied with looks or thinness. In fact, she is kind of a tomboy, preferring sweats and t-shirts. And she did not consume a lot of pop culture.

But what I learned during our Family-Based Treatment (FBT) sessions with Dr. Melissa Freizinger at Boston Children’s Hospital, is that children who develop eating disorders often have an underlying (and possibly undiagnosed) mental health issue — commonly anxiety or obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).

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After the NICU: How to become an outpatient visit guru

  • Twins side-by-side in the NICU
    Drew and Emma, 2008

The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Boston Children’s Hospital is unlike any other place. In the NICU, a team of top-notch providers cares for your child around-the-clock. Once home, you must quickly adapt to caring for your fragile baby on your own, which includes navigating the world of outpatient visits.

Our twins, Drew and Emma, were born nine weeks early. After a long stay at Boston Children’s NICU, my husband Jon and I began juggling multiple outpatient visits with Emma. Here are some tips and tricks we learned along the way.

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