Ask the Pediatrician

Troy pediatrician Dr. Molly O’Shea blogs on children’s physical and mental health, as well as offers parents tips on scheduling and other elements of well-being for infants through high-schoolers.

Should I hold my kid back?

My daughter, The Girl, was born at 10 p.m. on November 30th. She was six weeks early and all I was concerned about that night was counting fingers and toes, unaware of how the timing of her birth affected her scholastically. Having just squeaked under the district deadline, she is currently the youngest junior in her high … Continue Reading →

Why are parents so afraid of sex in the media?

A friend recently asked me if she thought the movie, “A Winter’s Tale,” would be appropriate for her 11-year-old daughter. “I’m more worried about the sex than the violence,” she said. Her message struck a chord with me. After reading “The Hunger Games” trilogy and more recently, “Divergent,” it had become apparent to me that culturally, … Continue Reading →