An invaluable resource for parents, The Portable Pediatrician's Guide to Kids addresses the key issues they need to know about their 5- to 12-year-olds. Each chapter examines a specific developmental period in this age group, and discusses a myriad of subjects including: An Overview of the Age; Moral, Social and Emotional Development; Responsibility, Discipline and Life at Home; School, Activities and Lessons; Sports, Outdoor Activities and Exercise; Growth and Nutrition; Behavioral and Emotional Problems; Illnesses, Injuries and Safety; Window of Opportunity; and What If. A glossary of medical, psychological, and behavioral terms and an annotated bibliography of books are also included. Informative, authoritative and entertaining, The Portable Pediatrician's Guide to Kids is born of years of experience, and provides parents with an easy-to-read, insightful and friendly guide that will help them enjoy their child's formative years not just survive them.
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Laura W. Nathanson is board-certified in Pediatrics and Peri-Neonatology. For the past two decades, she has practiced in New England and Southern California, where she now lives with her husband and daughter.From Publishers Weekly:
Following up The Portable Pediatrician for Parents (which focused on birth to age five), Nathanson again proves that she knows kids inside out. Many of the usual concerns?new sibling, moving, making friends?are discussed along with a less widely addressed agenda of such issues as sexuality and sex play, cross-gender behavior, molestation and bullies. There's also a comprehensive examination of sports safety. The book's three sections cover three age ranges: five and six; seven and eight; and nine, 10 and 11 ("the land of the rolling eyeballs"). In each, the author describes physical and behavioral development with an uncanny ability to depict real-life situations and the peculiarities of each age ("fives want to be good; sixes want to be right"). Her outlook and advice are refreshingly candid: remain "askable and tellable" on the subject of sex; "be there and be alert" when your child is hospitalized; keep boys in groups "active all the time, even in transit." The section on older kids is particularly insightful and includes an explanation of why there is no cure for the "complicated developmental phenomenon" of a messy room. Appendixes present growth charts, immunization schedules, safety considerations (sports and other topics) and a glossary of medical terms applicable to 5-12-year-olds. In a lively and reassuring tone, neither perky nor pedantic, Nathanson answers the questions?and some of the prayers?of parents who have grown beyond the baby stage.
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