How Foods affect mood and happiness

#68: How Food affects your Mood

#68: How Food affects your Mood and Overall Happiness March 17, 2021 #68: How Food affects your Mood and Overall Happiness Hello & Happy Wednesday!  I hope you’re doing well and staying healthy as we inch closer and closer to the end of this pandemic. There is definitely a light at the end of this …

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Self image / Body image

Post #67 Self-Image: Being intentional about who you are and who you want to be

March 3, 2021 By: Elizabeth Vainder, M.D. Self – Image: Being intentional about who you are and who you want to be.  “The real difficulty is how to overcome what you think of yourself.” -Maya Angelou Hi there! It’s been a while since I wrote and I’ve been doing a lot of thinking. I’ve been …

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Friends are important Elizabeth Vainder

#64: Friendship is Important for Your Health

November 18, 2020 Hi there! It’s Wednesday, so. you know what that means! it’s a new post! I hope you’re doing well! Next week is Thanksgiving already (can you believe it??) and I have to admit the holidays are a little tough this year with all of the Covid restrictions. But I have faith that soon things …

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Manage Change Elizabeth Vainder MD

#62: 5 Ways to manage change in your life

November 4, 2020 There is only one thing that is ever certain in our lives. There will be change. It’s true. Nothing stays the same. Nothing really.  Our sadness, anxiety and frustration usually comes from the lack of acceptance of change.  I know it happens to me. Things change and you long for how things …

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Obesity and Kids Elizabeth Vainder MD Interview

Special Post: MDFORMOMS with Dr. Carly Snyder

Hi there! I’m sharing a very special post with you! If you are noticing that your child is gaining more weight than usual, and you are feeling overwhelmed, listen in as I sit down with Dr. Carly Snyder to talk about kids and obesity. Since the start of the pandemic, I am seeing kids gaining …

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kids and their heritage and a second language. Elizabeth Vainder, M.D.

#61: Teach Kids about their Heritage and a Second Language: It’s more important than ever!

October 28, 2020 I was reading an article the other day in JAMA Pediatrics about how patients that didn’t speak English had more complications in the hospital than patients that spoke English.  I mean, much worse….These children were twice as likely to have an adverse outcome during their hospital stay than families who spoke English. …

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stress and kids Elizabeth Vainder, M.D.

#60: How to Recognize and Manage Stress in Your Kids

October 21, 2020 “She is having headaches and she is nauseous every morning before school. At night, she has trouble sleeping and comes into my room at night. I’m worried.”  If this sounds familiar to you, you’re not alone. Doctors all over the country are seeing more and more patients coming in with complaints of …

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Child develops sense of self Elizabeth Vainder, M.D.

#59: How a child develops their sense of self

You’re scrolling through instagram and you see countless photos and videos of women in amazing shape and with what look like perfect bodies. You scroll past, stop at a few funny memes and keep scrolling without giving it another thought.  Your teens, however, are also scrolling through these images. Maybe they’re stopping there a little …

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gratitude - Elizabeth Vainder, M.D.

#56: Learning about appreciation and how to teach gratitude

The longing for the store bought dress: A lesson on gratitude and appreciation. August 19, 2020 During my high school years, finances were tight. I knew that my parents couldn’t afford to buy me many of the name brands that my friends were buying, so I just didn’t ask for them. If I really wanted …

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#51: The Secret to Success in Middle School for Parents & Students

August 12, 2020 Did you know that getting organized can actually help you get more done? I know this now, but I didn’t always know this! Trust me when I tell you, it’s a game changer! I think I must have been about 15 when the floor in my room was barely visible. I had …

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#50: 4 Ways to create long lasting friendships & how to know if your child is just shy or is struggling with social anxiety

“In poverty and other misfortunes of life, true friends are a sure refuge. They keep the young out of mischief; they comfort the old in their weakness, and they incite those in the prime of life to noble deeds. “ -Aristotle August 6, 2020 Hey there! I hope you’re doing well! It’s no secret that …

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#49: A Story of Two Sisters: The Good Student and the “bad”: Recognizing Anxiety Early

July 29, 2020 In the summer kids usually come in for their check-ups. This is an opportunity for doctors to touch base with families and see how their kids are doing. This day was no different than others, and the next family hurried in. A 14 year old girl, tall and lean, walked in with …

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#48: Are you feeling like you don’t even remember who you are? How to keep your sense of self after becoming a parent: YOU MATTER

May 27, 2020 Good Morning! Today I want to talk to you about a topic that is very important. I am a parent, wife, a pediatrician and I am also myself. What I mean by that is that before I was any of those other titles, I was a person with interests, likes and dislikes, …

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#47: Are you tired of trying to keep your child on a schedule? The importance of play.

May 20, 2020 As pediatricians, we frequently receive updates regarding topics of interest that the Academy of Pediatrics finds important for us to be aware of. Recently, a new clinical report from the American Academy of Pediatrics caught my attention. They are recommending that doctors write a “PRESCRIPTION FOR PLAY!”. Yes, a prescription to play. …

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#45: How to help your child find out who they want to be: Finding your child’s super power

May 6, 2020 The question of who am I is one that we have all struggled with and perhaps may still be struggling with….Small children look to their parents for approval and sometimes are encouraged or discouraged by the comments of their peers to act a certain way, dress a certain way, and behave a …

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#44: How to stop worrying and start making decisions

April 29, 2020 I think my tendency to worry grew 100 fold when I became a parent. Deciding on a doctor, how and what to feed the baby, what to buy, understanding what is harmful and what isn’t. There are so many decisions to make as a parent and you want to make sure that …

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#43: What kinds of chores can kids do during quarantine?

April 23, 2020 So you’re stuck at home and you’re running around getting everything done. It’s exhausting! As a parent it’s easy to get caught up in the daily chores necessary to get through the day. You walk around the house doing everything that needs to be done and you sometimes don’t even stop to …

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#42: An opportunity to boost self-esteem & have difficult conversations with your kids

April 15, 2020 You are home with your kids. They are not running off to school or to playdates or sports games. They are in their room or sitting somewhere in your house, day in and day out. So here is your chance. I know you’ve been wanting to talk to your son or daughter …

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#41: 5 Effective & Proven Ways to decrease stress and anxiety

“Anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows, but only empties today of its strength. ” – Charles Spurgeon April 8, 2020 At the first of every month, I sit with my monthly dry erase marker and plan out my family’s month. In the calendar I include birthdays, special events, work schedules, sports games, doctors …

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