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If you have ever experienced a toothache, you know how distressing it can be. Fortunately, as adults, we can comprehend the pain and take the required actions to address our complaints. However, for children, the scenario is quite different...
  "When will COVID be over?", the million dollar question that my three children have asked numerous times in the past two years. COVID continues to take and take and take and for many of us we are becoming mentally, emotionally...
Rosie had always been a hardworking student. But as she got older, schoolwork got more difficult, especially reading. More specifically, Rosie didn’t seem to be understanding what she was reading. And the advice from teachers — slow down, ask...
Pregnancy and childbirth can affect a woman’s body in a multitude of ways - from incontinence to pelvic and lower back pain. While these issues are common, they aren’t normal and should absolutely be addressed and supported by a...
Getting ready for the busiest time of the year? Make sure to add “getting a flu vaccine” to your to-do list.  **Scroll down for the Spanish version By Dr. Jasmine Zapata, Chief Medical Officer at the Wisconsin Department of Health Services...
As a child, Ethan was curious, warmhearted, and obviously bright. But when it came to reading, he struggled. And though he excelled in areas like math, science, and listening comprehension, Ethan remembers that by third grade he could “barely...
(Madison, WI): October 3-9 is Mental Health Awareness Week, and following recent, tragic events in our community with the fatal shooting of an Oregon middle school student and a fatal car accident that took the lives of three area...
How much does your child’s homework dominate your weeknights? If you’re looking for a solution to this common challenge, I have a book suggestion for you: Visual Secrets for School Success: Read Faster, Write Better, Master Math and Spelling. Written...
Children are using handheld devices like smartphones more than ever. That’s hardly a news flash. But what about the possible consequences that excessive screen time is having on them, especially their vision?  As a developmental optometrist for 28 years, I’ve...
Note: This article originally appeared on MilwaukeeMom.com. “Why do my child’s eyes hurt?” I’ve heard versions of this question countless times over my 30 years as a developmental optometrist. Eye pain can take on many forms and has a number...
“We live in a world obsessed with drinking. We drink at baby showers and work events, brunch and book club, graduations and funerals. Yet no one ever questions alcohol’s ubiquity—in fact, the only thing ever questioned is why someone...
I was nominated to write this post because, "Julie likes to run a hundred miles (or something)," Fair enough. I DO like to run and yes, when I can, a trail is my first choice. Many of our family vacations involve...

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