HAPPY HEALTHY KIDS: Practical & Sensible Helps for Parenting with Values

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Good to Grow: Practical & Traditional Helps for Today’s Parents with Values

TODDLERS: (ages 2 and 3) preventing picky eating. If your toddler’s finicky eating habits are hard to swallow, you might take a look at what you eat. Mothers are a major influence on children’s food choices. If kids see you eating something and liking it, chances are they’ll eat it, too. Offering your children a variety of foods is also good for overall health. If moms don’t do this, their children run the risk of developing vitamin and mineral deficiencies. To encourage better eating habits, start young. Studies show that a high percentage of food preferences are formed as early as ages 2 and 3.   Choose wisely. Avoid snacks that only offer empty calories.

Kids need to understand that it’s not just about eating what tastes good, but it’s also about eating what’s good for you.  Let them have their say. Offer a variety of foods and have your child choose three. The more kids get involved, the more apt they are to eat. Offering adult-size servings makes it hard for children to clean their plate. So let them put the items on their own plate, within reason, of course. One really cool thing we do at home is get them involved in helping to prepare the meals. When they do, they are always more likely to partake.

TYKES (ages 6 to 8) kids and bullying. For many parents facing down a bully has traditionally meant fighting back, and therefore we have had to learn to stick up for ourselves.  If someone picked on you, you were expected to stand up to him or her. That’s what we were taught, so that’s what we’ve taught our children. It’s an impulse that can be hard to overcome. Our culture has been one of handling aggressive situations with aggressive responses. We need to understand that refusing to fight back doesn’t equate with being cowardly. Oftentimes bullies may be emulating adult behavior, reacting to violence they’ve seen on TV or attempting to dominate others as a way of appearing to be in control of the situation. Children don’t have the skills to manage the process. Adults have to get involved.    Some ways that parents can help: Get the whole story.  Acknowledge that the problem exists. Ask your child to explain what is happening before you react. Get involved.  Ask your child what they think will help. Get their permission before approaching the bully’s parent in a nonconfrontational way, if you both think that will help. If that doesn’t work, get the school involved. Alert your child’s teacher or school administration. Once they know what’s going on, they can help provide the supervision needed to stop the problem.

TWEENS (ages 9 to 12) kids ask the darnedest things. When our kids ask us questions about our youth, especially if it involved underage drinking, premarital sex or recreational drugs, we might be tempted to be evasive or unresponsive or to just flat-out lie. After all, many of us came up during the 1960’s and 1970’s when society’s views of sex, drugs and social drinking were much more permissive. But with HIV/AIDS and substance abuse looming large, today’s landscape looks very different. So how should you respond?  Kids ask these types of questions because they are curious, and it helps them get to know you as a parent better. But that doesn’t mean you have to be a buddy to your child.  You’re always a parent first. Remember that when you share information about your past it can have a significant impact on their behavior for years to come. Here’s some advice: Be selective about what you say.   Don’t advocate being dishonest, but as parents you have to hold back certain information, especially if you don’t think the time is right to share it. For example, if you first had sex at an age that you feel was too young, you may not want to reveal exactly how old you were. Instead say it was younger than you thought it should’ve been. Remember, it’s okay to say what you feel to be a better value for your kids growth and maturity. They constantly look to you as their heroes for life advice, spiritual and practical.

Thank you, be Happy, Healthy & Blessed,

Dr. Mike

Michael G Anderson MD FAAP

CHEROKEE COUNTY PEDIATRIC CENTER & PEDIATRICIAN RECEIVES NATIONAL RECOGNITION FOR PATIENT-CENTERED CARE

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PEDIATRICIAN Michael George Anderson, MD, FAAP
of THE CHILDREN’S pediatrics center, ltd (on EAST Main)
391 east main street / historic hawkins building / canton, georgia
V. 770.720.6963 / F. 7707206965

NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home™ standards emphasize enhanced care through patient-clinician partnership

Washington, DC—The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) today announces that Dr. Michael George (“Mike”) Anderson, MD, FAAP, (“Dr. Mike”) and the CHILDREN’S PEDIATRICS CENTER in Canton, Georgia were designated as a NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH). The announcement recognizes Dr. Mike’s use of evidence-based, patient-centered, highly coordinated care with long‐term, participative doctor-patient relationships. The NCQA research reports that the Patient-Centered Medical Home is a model of primary care that combines teamwork and information technology to improve care and patient experiences while reducing costs. This also encourages developing ongoing partnerships between patients and their personal physicians. For children’s health the NCQA’s worked with American Academy of Pediatrics to establish these standards.

NCQA President Margaret E. O’Kane: Regarding the PCMH recognition, the NCQA’s President said … “The NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home Recognition raises the bar in defining high-quality care by emphasizing access, health information technology and coordinated care focused on patients,” … [and] … “Recognition shows that Dr. Anderson has the tools, systems and resources to provide his patients with the right care, at the right time.”

The Andersons as Pediatric Caregivers: Dr. Mike may grin when he explains that he and Stephanie are available only between the hours of 00:00:00:01 and 23:59:59:99 daily. He claims his schedule works only because of his life-time teammate Stephanie, a pediatric nurse practitioner. Together they claim nearly 50 years combined pediatric experience and the practical knowledge of their 30 years’ together married with two daughters of their own. Stephanie explained that since 1985, “…we have done it all as a team, my undergraduate and doctorate in nursing, also Mike’s bachelors, medical school, and a pediatric residency Univ. Michigan. The commitment required for the so-called “Medical Home” was a natural expression of the way we already lived.

A Main Street Medical Home: In 2004 the Andersons began renovating a 100 year old building on Main Street, in historic downtown Canton Georgia. The building was once used as both the Hawkins family home and Dr. Hawkins community practice. Dr. Mike smiled and said “Our patients will often prefer their pediatrician over the local community ER.” Dr. Mike claimed, “we must keep one exam room at the ready with oxygen gas, continuous EKG and respiratory monitoring on an emergency cart with stand-by suction equipment and emergency medications, and minor surgical supplies. When children are sufficiently ill, we may arrange for the hospital admissions nearly 50 miles south in Atlanta or 90 miles north to Chattanooga, often depending on which is closer to the patient’s home. We have worked to cover all possibilities. In a home-town, a doctor engages the community families outside the office: at  the school PTA where all our children attend, or the supermarket, Walmart, and in the South… at church.” The Andersons claim that engaging the community builds trust with their patients, as literally, our family provides care to other families as neighbor to neighbor.

Just Old-School: When asked about the NCQA’s recognition program, Stephanie replied, “At first we were surprised that there was an award for doing your job.” She then explained, “Dr. Mike and I care for patients the same way we first learned from our teachers. We studied together at a special place, the University of Illinois Rockford’s community medical school, where they teach to prepare doctors for an out-of-the-way, even rural, community practice.” She said, “some say this is “Old-School.” All the rest just naturally follows.” The Andersons claim that using “Old-School” or the PCMH program, the result creates the essential ingredient for quality.

The Essential Ingredient: Dr. Mike explains that trust between patient and caregiver is the essential ingredient. “Always perform your physician duties with individual loyalty to your patients, and then trust develops, followed by improved patient motivation, then compliance, and ultimately better outcomes and patient health.

About NCQA: NCQA is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to improving health care quality. NCQA accredits and certifies a wide range of health care organizations. It also recognizes clinicians and practices in key areas of performance. NCQA’s Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS®) is the most widely used performance measurement tool in health care. NCQA’s Web site (ncqa.org) contains information to help consumers, employers and others make more informed health care choices.

In a Loss of Private Virtue – Authority Fills Every Void

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Recently posted to the Madison Forum, by M.G. Anderson

Will Liberty remain with a nation without virtue among its people? No, answered the Patriots who founded our nation. When asked his opinion on our new constitutional government Ben Franklin cautioned “It is A Republic … If you can keep it.”

When reading the words of the other Colonial Patriots one asks “How did they define virtue?” In their day they drew from commonly familiar Biblical accounts for defining terms such as virtue. For example, the Colonial would have been mindful how an ancient Hebrew people governed themselves by written laws as recorded in their books. From such, Devarim:15 (Deuteronomy), described the ancient Hebrew’s civil duties. It instructed that their duty toward others was greater than merely avoiding vice. Their law asked for personal acts of kindness and generously toward the widows, orphans, the weak, and poor. That this civility held an ancient people together would not have escaped the Colonial’s attention.

In this context the Patriots defined and wrote that the virtue of our citizens protects our individual liberty:

” …. Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” …. Liberty can no more exist without virtue than the body can live and move without a soul.”

Patrick Henry (1736 – 1799) – 1st Elected Governor of Virginia

“No free government can stand without virtue in the people …..”

Andrew Jackson (1767 – 1845 ) 7th US President

“When virtue is banished, ambition invades the minds of those who are disposed to receive it, and avarice possesses the whole community.” …. “The order of nature [is] that individual happiness shall be inseparable from the practice of virtue.”

Thomas Jefferson (1743 – 1826 ) 3nd US President

“The life of the nation is secure only while the nation is honest, truthful and virtuous.”

Fredrick Douglas (1818 – 1895 ) from Slave to US Ambassador

” Is there no virtue among us? If there be not, we are in a wretched situation. No theoretical checks — no form of government can render us secure. To suppose liberty or happiness without any virtue in the people, is a chimerical idea.”

James Madison (1751-1836) 4th US President

“To educate a man in mind and not in morals is to educate a menace to society.”

Theodore Roosevelt (1858 -1919) 26th US President

“[V]irtue or morality is a necessary spring of popular government.” …. “[T]here is no truth more thoroughly established, than that there exists . . . an indissoluble union between virtue and happiness.” …”Human rights can only be assured among a virtuous people. The general government . . . can never be in danger of degenerating into a monarchy, an oligarchy, an aristocracy, or any despotic or oppressive form so long as there is any virtue in the body of the people.”

George Washington (1732 – 1799) General, Revolutionary War and 1st US President

Read how Franklin expressed that a virtuous people will not need masters in authority to maintain order. Without virtue among the people there will be those suffering from violence, guile and greed. These suffering will be the ones to welcome even rigid authority with open arms.  Liberty weeps when the people lack virtue toward each other; and sobs bitterly when a Connecticut mad-man gunned-down innocent kindergarteners.  As the Patriots understood, unless peace and justice flow steadily from the well-spring of virtue the tares of tyranny will have been sown in our children’s wheat fields.  Then the discarded virtues of our churches, parishes, synagogues, traditions, and families will have been swept aside to clear a path for a progressive government – because too few of us acted today with enough of those gentile virtues necessary to keep Liberty safe.

Listen to Liberty calling.  Take action to revive virtue into our public discourses and deeds. Then She will stay for our children and give them freedom as a legacy.

The ADHD Dysfunction

The following essay is a reply to inquiries after reading and analysis of the following two NY Times reports: the Risky Rise of the Good-Grade Pill, June 2012, and now A Pill for Education, October 9, 2012.  Pediatricians may conclude that public policy shapes the ADHD treatment choices available to each unique set of a student, the parents, their teacher, and physician.

Up to 10% of grade-schoolers visit a doctor requesting an evaluation for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).[i] Before ever arriving at the doctor a number of these families already presume their children have ADHD, worried over its dire consequences.[ii]  Apparently many families have read the manual that defines ADHD as a dysfunctional mismatch between individuals and their environments.[iii]  The following authority counts the number of children affected: Continue reading