Recently I attended a blogger lunch at Massachusetts General Hospital – that’s Mass General or MGH to you locals, or just the General. It was a nice lunch to introduce local bloggers to the work the people at MGH for Children are doing. Fantastic work. Three wonderfully engaging, knowledgeable and enthusiastic doctors took time to speak to us about their specialties and we even got a tour of some of the facilities. Warm, welcoming and caring people at a top notch place for children.

Pragmatic Mom has shared some of the talks on the I Love Newton blog which I have linked to below. Click on the titles for the post from Pragmatic Mom and on the photos of the physicians for their MGH information.

Dr. Wayne Shreffler







Dr. Christina Scirica










Dr. Craig Canapari









Just in time for back to school, MGH for Children published this in the news section of their site – transitions are challenging. Great and timely advice.

Back to School Psychology 101: Tips for Parents

Steve Schlozman, MD, and Gene Beresin, MD, of the MassGeneral Hospital for Children Psychiatry Department offer advice to parents on helping their teens and young children transition back to school.

    Here is an excerpt:
    Billy needs a new backpack, and they only have the ones with The Hulk. Billy hates the Hulk. He has never liked green, and he whines up a storm at Target… Billy is 9 years old.

Sally knows that this summer everyone was supposed to read Ender’s Game for English class, but she just doesn’t like science fiction. She’s grumpy now, because it is her last week of summer vacation, and she has to spend it with her nose in a book that she hasn’t even picked up from the library yet. Sally is 13 years old.

Aaron has had it. He is NOT going to take AP World History. He’s been waiting for four years to take the advanced art class that his high school offers, and now his parents are telling him that he’ll never get a job as an artist but that he might get a job if he gets into a good college after taking AP World History. “You coulda told me that before you let me go to art camp this summer,” he grumbles. Aaron is 17 years old.

So, no surprises… going back to school is no picnic. Often kids have very mixed emotions. It’s exciting to see friends again and to face new challenges, but it can be hard for that excitement to compete with the slower and more mellow pace of summer. In fact, transitions can be pretty tough for lots of kids, but remember that the way in which these transitions are tough is very much a function of how old the kids happen to be. In other words, kids respond to the stressors of going back to school in developmentally distinct ways. And often parents themselves have their own agendas and set of problems with the transition.

Read the full text here

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