The Child Repair Guide with Dr. Steve Silvestro

The Child Repair Guide with Dr. Steve Silvestro

In The Child Repair Guide, pediatrician and dad Dr. Steve Silvestro brings the wisdom and insights of the world's best childhood health and wellness experts directly to parents in one trusted source--to give parents the best tools to raise happy, healthy, balanced families.... Show More

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October 26, 2020

It goes without saying that COVID has turned everything we know on its head.

This is equally true for almost all things parenting. Things we used to take for granted—like scheduling a playdate in a park or seeing family—now take on extra layers of awkwardness and caution. Is the other family on the same page precaution-wise as you? How to handle the requests from Grandma to come visit when you know Grandma thinks differently about ...

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Hey, we’re all trying to do our best when feeding our kids healthy food.

And what might be your best effort right now may not be your best effort at some other time, or the same as someone else’s best effort—and that’s okay.

But what isn’t fair is when the cards are stacked against you—when things that have been marketed to us as “food” are really causing harm to us and to our kids.

The biggest, most prolific culprit? Sugar. It’s e...

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When a pediatric dietician has over 1 Million followers on Instagram, you know she's got amazing tips.

Jennifer Anderson is the brilliant mind behind @kids.eat.in.color, the wildly successful Instagram through which she helps families around the world develop healthy eating habits in their kids without battles.

And as you'll see in this interview, she's the real deal. We cover everything from picky eating and "o...

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We’re about nine months into this pandemic—do you feel like you have a handle on how to tell if it’s getting better or worse? Do you have a sense of how to know when it’s OK for your family to “open up“ and start doing some things you’ve been holding back on?

If your answer either of those questions is “no,” you’re not alone. Absolutely. Not. Alone.

A huge part of the problem for the average person trying to tease out useful inform...

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One of the biggest questions I’ve been asked lately is how to help young kids develop social skills—whether it’s because their preschools are currently closed, or their parents just want to make sure their kids thrive.

It's a valid concern—but also one that you can learn to address right at home.

I sat down with the wonderful Monica Silvestro—yup, the Monica Silvestro of 10-Minute Preschool fame & my favorite person of all-...

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There's been a great debate these past few months about whether and how to send kids back to school.

But something's been missing from the conversation—the fact that most kids will experience online learning at some point this fall/winter no matter what, whether for a semester, a month, or just a few weeks.

In this episode, I lay out why that's the case—PLUS tips from online learning expert Zoie Hoffman to help you make...

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If you’ve felt like these past few months have both dragged on and flown past at the same time, you’re not alone.

We’re all waiting with bated breath...

“I can’t wait until this is over.”

But what does it do to us—as individuals? as a society?—when we “can’t wait” for a whole year to go by?

What happens to life in the meantime?

This episode tackles this question & presents a philosophy I've been trying to live by—and have b...

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We all have multiple roles to play—but none of us expected to have to play them all at the same time, all day long.

These last several months, many parents have had to fill the roles of parent, educator, and teleworker with few, if any, clear boundaries between them.

The result? The nagging feeling that you're failing at every single one of those jobs.

If this sounds like you, you're not alone—and as Dr. Andrea Bonior discu...

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The most common answer pediatricians have been asked by parents of young kids is: "Is it safe to send my child to daycare right now?"

The best, most honest answer we currently have?

Probably. Maybe. We think.

In this episode, I outline everything we currently know so you can make the best decision for your family.

*You can share this episode by sharing the link: drstevesilvestro.com/117

*Find all '10-Miute Preschool'...

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We're halfway into 2020 & it's clear that we could all use a glimmer of hope right now.

This is a tool that I've mentioned before, but that has taken on even more importance for my family right now.

My hope is that it can help yours, too.

You can find the article version of this episode at drstevesilvestro.com/115

I've also extended the discount for my Mindfulness for Parents Online Course through July -- take t...

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Like much of the country, I’ve been thinking a lot about inequality and bigotry of late, trying to put so many feelings into coherent thoughts.

And as I do, the memory of one impactful experience from when I was 19 keeps coming back to me...

You can find the article version of this episode at drstevesilvestro.com/116

The moral arc of the universe bends toward justice—but we have to be the ones who bend it.

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The task of parenting a modern day boy is daunting.

It's as if teenage boys and those who raise them are in an Indiana Jones movie, dodging blades and poisonous darts flying past them at every turn. And the snake-filled pit, of course, is the constant barrage of headlines showing masculinity gone wrong.

So how do we crack the code of raising boys—and do so right at a time when they typically start growing quiet?

That’s the focu...

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"Fear and what you do with it are two separate things."

I love this quote from Kimberly Brubaker Bradley, especially right now. 

What we and our kids do with big emotions can have more of an impact on our lives than feeling the emotions themselves. 

In this episode, Robin Brannan, founder of Better Together Family Therapy, shares tips to help kids cope in difficult times.

You just might find that many of these tips helpful ...

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When I last spoke with Dr. Michael Daignault 6 weeks ago, the COVID-19 storm was approaching.

Now that we're in the thick of it, he and I catch up to discuss what it's been like on the front lines in the Emergency Department.

We also dispel some rumors you may have heard about treatment & prevention, discuss what's necessary to "open the country," and silver linings in this new normal.

Find video of our conv...

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We're in a new normal—and with no clear end in sight.

And as frustrating or anxiety-provoking as it may be, there is one indisputable fact about our current situation: We and our children will grow as people because of it.

So how do we ensure that growth and development are the best they can be? How do we help our kids thrive during COVID-19?

Having lived in Hong Kong and currently living in the Netherlands, Dr. Anisha Abraham ...

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So I’m the pediatrician who wrote that viral article discouraging playdates during the coronavirus pandemic.

And while I’m glad the message got out—over 2 million people read that article—it was one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to write.

Why?

Because even though I know that such extreme social distancing is absolutely necessary to slow the spread of this sneaky virus, I also know that isolating ourselves from each other can ...

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There's a flood of information about the COVID-19 coronavirus out there, and it can be challenging to tease out what it really means for you and your kids.

In this episode, I talk with Dr. Michael Daignault—an emergency medicine physician with a global health background who's been on top of providing info & guidance on coronavirus these last several weeks—and we break down everything parents need to know about the coron...

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Comedian Ray Romano once noted that "having children is like living in a frat house — nobody sleeps, everything's broken, and there’s a lot of throwing up."

 

As just about everyone listening to this right now knows, being a parent is one of the hardest things you’ll ever do. Sure, it’s also the most wonderful, joyous, meaningful thing you’ll ever do—but it’s no cakewalk.

 

That’s why it really is so important to be abl...

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Yuck. Vomiting and diarrhea. Blech!

As much as you might hate it, you're likely going to deal with the stomach bug many times once you have kids. 

I've fully revamped and updated all my tips and insights for you, including:

  • When to call the doctor right away
  • When to call during business hours
  • How to tell the difference between spit-up and vomiting, diarrhea and normal baby poop
  • How to tell if your child is dehydrated
  • What's...
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    I’d say that anyone who’s paid attention to the news in the last few years, has been on social media—or has just conversed with other human beings—has probably gotten the sense now and then that the world seems on edge.

    Still, many of us parents can get so inspired by our own kids that we get the sense that they’re going to change the world—or at least their own corner of it.

    And a lot of kids might feel like they want to do exactl...

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