April 20th, 2015
Weekly Chatter
Dear members,

We encourage you to take advantage of this information and re-post it in your newsletter, on your practice website, and/or on your Facebook page. We aim to send you updates periodically for this purpose.

We are grateful for your continued membership and support!

Have a terrific day!

An introduction to the College...
Please consider sharing the following information with family, friends and colleagues: 

Did you know that there are two pediatric organizations in the United States? One has been in existence for decades but they support abortion (despite the fact that a majority of individual physicians do not support it) and they believe it doesn't matter what family form a child is raised in. The American College of Pediatricians is the much younger pediatric organization in the United States. ACPeds supports life from conception to natural death and affirms that the optimal family form is for a child to be raised by a mother and a father. Which organization does your pediatrician belong to? 

Ask your pediatrician to support what is best for children and families by joining the American College of Pediatricians (www.Best4Children.org) or choose a physician who chooses life and recognizes the decades of research that show children fare best when raised by a mother and a father.
Pope joins ACPeds in denouncing contemporary gender ideology

Amoris Laetitia ("The Joy of Love"), Pope Francis asserts that  children and
 adolescents "need to be helped to accept their own body as it was created."

He also asserts that sex education should "provide information while keeping in mind that children and young people have not yet attained full maturity" because it is " always irresponsible to invite adolescents to toy with their bodies and their desires, as if they possessed the maturity, values, mutual commitment and goals proper to marriage."

Last month, the College issued the position statement, " Gender Ideology Harms Children" and received both positive and negative feedback. The position statement "urges educators and legislators to reject all policies that condition children to accept as normal a life of chemical and surgical impersonation of the opposite sex. Facts - not ideology - determine reality."

Consider sharing this Breitbart article to your social media pages and tagging the College under the headline, "The Pope and ACPeds agree: teach children self-acceptance, self-respect and self-appreciation and to embrace the body one is born with"
ADHD Update: Early academics may be detrimental
Recent studies show a possible correlation between the prevalence of ADHD and the increasing academic demands placed upon younger children. In a 2016 study, researchers found that beginning kindergarten a year early doubles the chance that a child will need medications for behavioral issues.

Structured academic studies too early in life may actually be more detrimental than  beneficial.  A child's "work" truly is play (especially outdoor, unstructured play) - that is the best environment to allow their creativity and problem solving skills to developAs you consider preschool and kindergarten placements for your children, take these findings into account

For more professional resources and helpful parenting information on ADHD, please view the ACPeds patient information handout, Help! My Child Can't Concentrate. Consider sharing the handout on social media. 
Homework Help #WeeklyBlogPost
Have you ever looked at your child's spelling words and thought, "I can't spell those words off the top of my head" or looked at their math homework and felt inadequate to help them with it? Some 83% of parents with 9 to 13-year-olds admitted being unable to do homework tasks set for their children. So how do we become parents who are capable of helping our children with their homework? 

For professional advice and helpful tips on helping with homework, click here and leave a comment. We love to hear from you!

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Don't hesitate to contact us with your questions and comments. We look forward to hearing from you.