Are You Kid-ding Me?

Are You Kid-ding Me?

A pediatric podcast for parents, from Pediatrics in Brevard

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October 31, 2022 20 min

Do you have questions about parenting? Childhood illnesses? How to talk to your kids about social media use, drug addiction and gun violence?

Welcome to Are You Kid-ding Me?, the pediatric podcast for parents from Pediatrics in Brevard. On each episode, pediatrician Dr. Tara Forcier shares her insight into how parents can bring their best to the childhoods of their kids -- keeping them safe, healthy and thriving. 

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The coronavirus pandemic changed the world forever -- and pediatricians had a front-row seat to changing standards and best practices, including vaccine recommendations. 

In this episode, pediatrician Dr. Tara Forcier shares insight into what she experienced as a doctor during the onset of the pandemic and what recommendations she sees as sound ones for all children. 

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October 30, 2022 50 min

Discipline for children often has negative connotations -- but when broken down, it simply means teachable moments and structure, not punishment.

In this episode, pediatrician Dr. Tara Forcier shares her insight into how applying expectations and discipline into family life makes a smoother journey for everyone, and often eliminates the need for punishment. 

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You do not have to be an expert on school subjects, or to have even been a great student yourself, to support your child's education. It really comes down to staying involved in their schoolwork and showing interest in what they are learning.

In this episode, pediatrician Dr. Tara Forcier shares her insight on the best ways parents can easily support their child's education, even on the busiest days. 

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Much of the care during childhod is proactive, not reactive, including regular recommended checkups and milestones. How often should children visit their pediatricians -- and what other preventative expectations exist in childhood?

In this episode, pediatrician Dr. Tara Forcier shares the recommended schedule for preventative care in childhood and some of the often-overloooked ways to keep kids healthy. 

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October 29, 2022 38 min

Gun violence is prevalent in American society, so how can parents keep their children, and themselves, safe?

In this episode, pediatrician Dr. Tara Forcier talks about responsible gun ownership, how children can stay safe at home and away from it, and what conversations parents should have with their kids about gun violence. 

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Mental health distress is high among American youth -- and the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic appear to have made matters worse. Parents play an important role in recognizing mental health struggles in their children and finding ways to address it. 

In this episode, pediatrician Dr. Tara Forcier shares her insight into the mental health epidemic among kids and teens, what parents should look for, and when parents should seek profe...

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Anxiety and depression are two of the most-common mental health struggles of American kids and teens -- and can even be present simultaneously. What can parents do when symptoms arise?

In this episode, pediatrician Dr. Tara Forcier shares her insight into what depression and anxiety look like, including the less-obvious signs, and how parents can best support their children during mental health struggles. 

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Lice. Ringworm. Warts. Pinworms Does your skin crawl when you hear the names of these common childhood illnesses? You're not alone -- and it's okay to not completely understand them or how your children contract them.

In this episode, pediatrician Dr. Tara Forcier explains just how common some of these childhood illnesses are, what symptoms look like, and what parents can do to prevent and treat them. 

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Substance abuse is a sensitive topic, but one that should be addressed in childhood. Knowing how to broach the topic can feel overwhelming but it's important to find the time to talk about drugs, alcohol and other addictions with your children, honestly.

In this episode, pediatrician Dr. Tara Forcier shares her insight into appropriate ways to talk about drugs, alcohol, vaping, tobacco use and more. 

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Sports involvement builds confidence, knowledge and physical fitness -- but it's also supposed to be fun for kids. Where is the healthy balance between discipline in sports and the pressure overwhelming kids?

In this episode, pediatrician Dr. Tara Forcier shares her insight into how to incorporate sports into family life, how to set expectations for kids in sports, and when to take a look at the potential downsides.

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Does the amount of technology your kids access make you nervous? Are you worried about the effects of screen time? Do you want to know what the experts think about social media use for kids and teens?

In this episode, pediatrician Dr. Tara Forcier shares her insight into making the best use of screens, social media and technology for kids and teens -- and how these modern amenities can actually bring families closer if used properly...

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