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3. Help Me with My Three-nager

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...

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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...

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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...

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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,...

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Recent Posts

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...

It’s OKAY for your child to go up the slide…

Today I want to talk about playground anxiety. . . ​Occasionally parents will ask a me a leading question like, “Dr. Boucher, isn’t it important for Timmy to eat their vegetables so they can grow healthy and strong?” I can tell that the parents are looking for me to...

Screen Time For Families [Audio Interview]

Transcription: Melanie Cole (Host): Today's children are growing up immersed in digital media. They are, and it can have both positive and negative effects on their healthy development. My guest is Dr. Phil Boucher, he's a pediatrician with Lincoln Pediatric Group....

“Whats the scoop on introducing peanuts?”

I get asked about introducing peanut to babies on a daily basis. It’s so confusing and the messages are all tangled up. “They used to say no peanut butter until age one or even two and now I think it's 6 months? I'm so confused." I created this quick video tutorial to...

Why is introducing baby foods so complicated??

(I made a nifty little guide to go along with this post that you can put on your fridge.  Click here to get my Cave Baby Feeding Regimen guide.)   "I've read so much about starting solids on the internet....I'm more confused than ever!" a recent parent disclosed...

Be a screentime model

“What’s the best way to get him to make good screen choices?” a mom asked me several weeks ago at a well visit for her 8 year old.  As I had walked into the room, I noticed both her child and she were on their own phones….absorbed in their own screens as they waited...

Getting ears pierced by my pediatrician!?

A doctor that pierces ears??? I never thought I'd end up piercing ears when I went into medical school.  Heck, I'd never even SEEN an ear pierced until about a year ago.  However, I got sick of treating infected ear lobs from patients who got their ears pierced at the...

Ignoring your child’s tears

Our two boys started karate tonight.   We’ve wanted to get them into something new and something to build their confidence.  Our older son is very very bright and gets easily frustrated when things don’t go his way. Don’t even think about playing UNO with him unless...

“Do we need an owellete?”

“My friend said to get an owelette….do we need one?” a parent asked at a recent prenatal class.   This question has become so common that I preemptively bring it up when talking with expectant parents.   If you haven’t heard, there are all these new gadgets to...