Category Archives: Play

Sportsmanship

Honoring the Game is part of the Positive Coaching Alliance’s mission to develop better athletes and better people. There’s information about the coach-parent partnership here. How parents can contribute to a positive game experience is┬áhere. Read about their work at … Continue reading

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Newborn Entertainment

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Run!

Selecting the right running shoe is here. Read about overuse and burnout here. Information about heat stress and exercise is here. Warm up information is here.

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Sports Medicine Warm Ups

Children’s Hospital Oakland’s Center for Young Athletes in Walnut Creek has good resources for active children. Here are links to some of their handouts. There’s more information on their website; just click the link at the bottom under ‘More Resources.’ … Continue reading

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Poison Oak

This is poison oak. It’s much easier to identify when it has its leaves, but the plant oils from the bare branches can also inflict an itchy misery on its victims. The best treatment is prevention: know what it looks … Continue reading

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Just Break It

I know some kids who are building a fort. This is startling news. I have been a pediatrician for some time now, and no one has ever told me they were building a fort. Going swimming, sure, camping, naturally, visiting … Continue reading

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Cardboard 101

Warmer weather is the perfect time for taking art outside for inspiration and ease of cleanup. Fancy easels and art supplies aren’t necessary: a cardboard box makes a fine art table (cut holes in the cardboard to hold paint cups) … Continue reading

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Baby’s First Holiday Season

Here are some toy ideas for the babies on your holiday gift list: 6 months and up: board and cloth books. 7 months and up: cups, balls, empty boxes, stacking toys, busy boxes, toys to push and pull, squeeze toys. … Continue reading

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Holiday Baking

My mother collected cookie cutters for all the seasons but could never seem find a recipe that was easy to roll out and cut. I finally found one in a parenting magazine and have enjoyed getting out the old cookie … Continue reading

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Toys: Old School

A child’s work is play, and a few retro thoughts on toy buying. The best toys are the ones that you can child enjoy at different ages and at different stages. Great toys are durable and don’t go out of … Continue reading

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