The ABCD’s of Parenting – Part 7

Children's Health, Marriage and Family Health, Parenting
This is the seventh part in a series excerpted from my book God’s Design for the Highly Healthy Teen. DISCIPLINE We now come to the fourth letter—D for “Discipline.” Lifting up our teens with affirmation, blameless love, and connectedness is critical for their health. But like a table, a fourth leg is needed to keep things on an equilibrium—the leg of parental guidance and enforced boundaries. (more…)
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Studies: Children raised by lesbians not necessarily problem-free

Children's Health, Marriage and Family Health, Parenting, Woman's Health
Over the last few years, a few published studies have claimed that children raised by same-sex couples compare favorably to — and sometimes even better than — children raised by moms and dads on measures of self-esteem and academics. Those studies, in turn, have served as fodder for a media campaign that two loving parents are all children really need. Here are details that challenge that from a report in Citizen Link: (more…)
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Many physicians foolishly treat self, family members

Marriage and Family Health, Medical Economics
American Medical News reports, "Professional ethics policies have long warned about the perils of physicians treating themselves or family members," and yet, "a 2011 survey of more than 1,000 physicians in North Carolina found that nearly half had treated themselves and that 85% had treated an immediate family member, significant other or close friend." (more…)
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How to prevent holiday depression and stress

Marriage and Family Health, Mental Health
This last week, I saw three patients in the office all suffering from holiday depression. One was a grandmother who had suffered the tragic loss of her first grandchild this summer. Two others were people who had lost dear ones over the last few months. It was a good reminder to me to keep an eye out this season for those around me to whom Christmas may not be a joy, but an emotional roller coaster. (more…)
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How (and why) to increase the number of family meals at home

Children's Health, Marriage and Family Health, Nutritional Health, Obesity, Parenting
Family meals have long been an American tradition. During the past several decades, however, the American family has undergone radical changes—and family meals have changed at the same time. And as family meals have decreased, so has the physical, emotional, relational, and spiritual health of our children. (more…)
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A Memorial Day Remembrance of My Dad: Major Philip B. Larimore, Jr.

Family Newsletter, Marriage and Family Health
This weekend, many of us will gather with family and friends for barbecues and picnics to celebrate Memorial Day, the unofficial kickoff to summer. But, at some point between the hot dogs, hamburgers, and volleyball, I hope each of us will take time to reflect on what Memorial Day is really about – remembering the American soldiers who have lost their lives in battle to protect the freedoms so many of us take for granted. (more…)
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Men and women truly see things differently

Marriage and Family Health, Men's Health, Mental Health, Woman's Health
There are still some, particularly ardent feminists, who claim that men and women are innately the same and that gender differences are environmentally acquired. As one researcher wisely observed, "those who still believe this all share one characteristic in common -- they are childless." Now, another study reveals what virtually all of us instinctively understand and appreciate, males and females are as different as night and day. (more…)
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Long work hours linked to increased heart risks

Heart Health, Marriage and Family Health, Mental Health
While writing this blog, I was listening to Simon and Garfunkel singing, "Slow down, you move too fast. You need to make the morning last." At the same time, I found a Bloomberg News report claiming that "working overtime may be a killer, according to research that finds long hours on the job is a heart risk along with smoking, bad cholesterol and high blood pressure." (more…)
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General Health, Marriage and Family Health, Mental Health, Parenting, Woman's Health
Today I'll be interviewed on the Internet TV show, Your Family Live. The show is aired, live, from 200 - 300 pm ET, and I'm tentatively scheduled to be on from about 235 - 250 pm ET. You can watch it live, or archived (after the show) here. The theme of the show is "Stressbusters for Moms." I'll be interviewed by my friends Yvette Maher and Juli Slattery. (more…)
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Ella Abortion Drug Falsely Called a “Contraceptive Pill”

Bioethics, Children's Health, Marriage and Family Health, Woman's Health
The ella® abortion drug has been billed by its distributor, the FDA, and abortion advocates as an improved "emergency contraceptive pill." It is available across the United States via prescription. Upon its release, Watson Pharmaceuticals, based in New Jersey, announced that ella® (ulipristal acetate) was available for women to obtain and use up to five days following unprotected intercourse or contraceptive failure. While the company maintain the drug works only as a "contraceptive agent," the fact of the matter is that five days is sufficient time for conception to take place and confer into existence the life of a unique human being who needs only a nine month pregnancy to be born. Here are the details from LifeNews: “ella® is the first truly new emergency contraceptive option for U.S. women since 1999. It has…
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