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September 14, 2009

Loving Pediatric Medicine – the anti-rant

Filed under: Office,pediatrics,positive medicine — momwithastethoscope @ 7:02 am
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One of my favorite recommendations

One of my favorite recommendations

Reason Number 14:  Books, Part 1


As our practice’s resident bibliophile, I could write a month’s worth of posts on books for kids, parents, and pediatricians.  Books are a great fodder for The Drawer.  The Drawer is my method of occupying hands and minds of my patients of all sizes.  Sometimes it can provide two minutes of distraction while I convey advice to a parent.  Sometimes it showcases a new toy, and some stealthy educational material. 

Books for my profession fall into a few categories:

Body – educational (again on the sly) about various functions of our bodies. This category started with the need for a puberty book, but has morphed into any book with clever illustrations that explains the inner workings of humans. Some topics for parents need follow-up support – and books are a nonthreatening way to approach some touchy topics.

Mental Health – another topic I have a tough time watering down into a 15 minute appointment.  Stress. anger management, behavior issues are well augmented with a good reference.

Life Changes:  Death and divorce are all too common issues for my patients.  I have several favorites in both categories because toddlers need different explanations than teens.

Art:  My soft spot.  It is a joy to share my passion for creativity with children.

Entertainment:  Sometimes a favorite joins my library just because the book is well illustrated or written from a clever stance. 



Don’t Pop Your Cork on Mondays!: The Children’s Anti-Stress Book by Adolph Moser

Food Play by Joost Elffers

Peaceful Piggy Meditation by Kerry Lee Maclean

The Care and Keeping of You:  The Body Book for Girls by Valorie Schaefer (author) and Norm  Bendell(illustrator)

The Berstein Bears by Jan and Mike Berstein

Relax Kids:  The Wishing Star by Marneta Viegas

Helping Me Say Goodbye by Janis Silverman

Zen Shorts by Jon J. Muth

American Medical Association  Boy’s Guide to Becoming a Teen by Kate Gruewald Pfeifer


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