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How to Tell If Your Child Is Sick

How to Tell If Your Child Is Sick

A lot of parents ask me, “how do I know if my child is sick?” They're worried that they may miss the signs and I can understand why that is. A lot of times, parents worry that their baby is going to throw a surprise at them or they're going to miss something. First...

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How to Get Days and Nights Straight

A lot of parents wonder how to get their baby's days and nights straight. They get home from the hospital and they're exhausted. Their baby is sleeping all day, which is great, but he or she stays up all night. So how do you keep a newborn active enough during the day...

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11. How Should I Handle Screentime as a Parent?

Recently, a mom on Instagram messaged me about phones. She was afraid that her phone usage was getting out of hand, and felt bad for being frequently distracted in front of her children. I know I’ve been there, and I’m guessing you have too. It can be a struggle to...

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10. Kids Can Fail and Work Through Adversity

A couple weeks ago, I did a recording with a local radio station about allowing your child to fail. That’s what I want to play for you today. (Keep in mind that it was recorded during Holy Week, which will help make some of the banter make sense!) As parents, we often...

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8. Why I Take Cold Showers

As you may have heard in last week’s episode, I’ve been doing parenting polls on Instagram lately. It’s a fantastic way to find new things to incorporate into my parenting or share with other parents! Last week, my wife and I went out on our first date since our new...

7. How to Pray as a Family

Lately, I’ve been doing parenting polls in my Instagram stories, and learning more about what other parents are doing! I recently did a parenting poll asking whether people pray as a family, and among my followers, 86% of respondents answered “yes.” Among those,...

6. How to Choose a Pediatrician

My wife and I just had our beautiful fifth baby, Gloria Benedicta Boucher, two weeks ago! You can see her on Instagram. I might be just a little bit biased, but I think she’s one of the greatest babies of all time. Overall, everything with our other kids have gone...

5. Husbands: How to Help Your Wives

Tony, today’s guest, is a little worried about his upcoming baby. He’s concerned that there won’t be much for him to do in the first months, since he can’t feed the baby, and doesn’t know how best to help his wife during this time. This is a really common question and...

4. Newborn Sleep Issues

Natalie is expecting her first baby in about a month, and is concerned about the topic of sleep! She and her husband are both deep sleepers who value their rest, and they’ve heard and read a lot about the lack of sleep in the first year. People love to commiserate,...

3. Help Me with My Three-nager

Tina’s three-year-old daughter has become stubborn, showing tendencies of being what we call a three-nager. If you have a child around this age, you’re probably familiar with the struggles of this phase! Tina has three questions this day, the first of which revolves...

2. My Four Year Old is Too Rigid

Mary has a stubborn four-year-old who wants things to be incredibly specific, or else he freaks out. For example, he wants the exact same breakfast every single day, with everything in the same order. Does that sound familiar? Do you want to help guide your child into...

1. How Do I Start Solid Foods?

Ready for a little tour of how things will go on the show? In each episode, I’ll bring in a real-life parent with a real, relatable question about parenting. I’ll find out a little bit about their family and unique situation, and then provide an answer to the...

0. Introducing, Parenting Matters!

Welcome to the introductory first episode of Parenting Matters! I’m your host, Dr. Phil Boucher. I’m a husband, father, and board-certified pediatrician. If you’re tired, stressed out, or full of guilt, I’m here for you! I’ll help you regain your sanity, worry less,...

How to Pray as a Family

In my family, praying together is one of the things that helps to bond and center us. It’s a way to connect and learn about each other on a deeper level. I speak to many parents who would like to teach their children to pray and are interested in integrating family...

How to Choose a Pediatrician

If you are in the market for a pediatrician due to pregnancy, relocation, or any other reason- the search may seem overwhelming. Do a quick search and dozens of options will likely present themselves. Not only is the sheer volume of choices overwhelming, but the...

New Baby FAQ’s

After nine months of reading and preparation, the day has finally come. . .You are a new parent. Now what?   You may have a stack full of books on the baby’s shelf, but the infant in your arms still leaves you with loads of questions. There may even be some you...

Potty Training Made Easy(ish)

Potty Training… Are you in the weeds of potty chairs, paper towels and sprints to the bathroom, or is it on the horizon?  If so, I’ve got the answers to all your potty-training questions. Last month I saw a mother of a 2 year-old with a new baby on the way who asked...