Child Life Services Celebrates 25 Years

This year marks the 25th anniversary of Child Life Services at the American Family Children’s Hospital.  Being here these 25 plus years to see this program grow from two staff to 25, has been nothing short of remarkable, just like our current health care vision.  But truly the word remarkable better reflects the children and families that walk through our doors every day who share their fears, successes and journeys with us.  I am humbled by so many I have had the privilege of working with over the last 25 years to help prepare for their experiences, provide support during procedures and visits, advocate for patient and family centered care, or bring the normalization of play to a very “unnormal” environment.

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Problems with Pornography

I feel like there has been a lot of press about pornography lately.  A certain politician is embroiled in a scandal with a porn star. The Florida House of Representatives declared pornography a public health issue (however, guns are not considered a public health issue, despite a recent school shooting in that state…that’s a whole different blog topic).  Time magazine made porn the cover story not too long ago. So what’s the deal with pornography?  Is it harmful or liberating?  Good vs. evil? Both? Neither?

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Kids and Fitness Trackers

Kids and Fitness TrackersIt seems like wearable fitness trackers are everywhere now, even on kids’ wrists. And while the kid versions do everything from encouraging them to exercise in order to feed and care for a virtual pet to ones that allow them to actually help feed kids across the globe, the premise is the same as the adult versions. And, just as with adults, knowing what motivates your kids can help you decide whether a wearable device is right for them.

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The Choking Game

There are plenty of “fads” that people try – the “Cold Water Challenge” from a few years ago, the “Cinnamon Challenge”, and who can forget the recent “Tide Pod Callenge” (for all that is good and holy, please do not try this challenge, it’s dumb and dangerous!).  One craze that rears its ugly head every couple of years is the “Choking Game.”  This dangerous game has been around for a long time and occurs throughout the United States (and in many other countries, see this interactive map). There was a death attributed to the “Choking Game” in the Madison area within the past few weeks, bringing it back to the forefront.  Can we stop calling it a game?!?  That makes it sound like something fun, instead of something very, very dangerous.  I digress…

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Get Your Kids Reading

March 2 is Dr. Seuss’ birthday and Read Across America Day. On this day that celebrates reading, here are our top 10 reasons that reading is important:

  • Reading relaxes the body and calms the mind
  • Reading is “brain food”
  • Reduces stress
  • Reading helps children be compassionate and develop empathy
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