By Dr. Jacqueline Douge: Children begin to develop an understanding of race very early. By the age of 6 months, children notice racial differences and by 2-4 years of age begin to internalize racial bias. Our children are watching, listening and learning to everything around them and from their parents. As your child’s first teacher, you play an important role in helping to teach your children about empathy, kindness, compassion and fairness towards others, to build positive racial and ethnic identities, celebrate similarities and differences and to help children to create a more just world.
Only in 2009 did the medical community realize that synthetic chemicals commonly used in furniture, agriculture, cookware, food packaging materials, cosmetics and personal care products could impair hormones in our bodies and have serious and lifelong consequences for all of us. Even now, a decade later, awareness is still lagging despite other reports from the World Health Organization, United Nations Environment Program, the International Federation of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Academy of Pediatrics.
As a mother and pediatric gastroenterologist, I hear this complaint often. Is it because my child needs to poop? Because she doesn’t want to go to bed? For many parents, this happens regularly after their child eats and they wonder: Does my child have a food allergy?
As our country continues to listen to voices speaking out against racism, it's important that we also include our children in the discussion. Keeping an open dialogue is important to inform and educate us all on being anti-racist, and books can certainly help. If you’re looking for a place to start the conversation, please keep reading!
Becoming a mom made me a different doctor. Being a doctor made me a different mom. And both of those together have prepared me to become the founder of a company that is rooted in combining my passion for children, health and motherhood.
There was one particular week that I was exhausted, had hit some roadblocks and had not spent nearly enough time with my kids. It was a week of failure and mom guilt. Then, my six-year-old daughter looked up at me with the prototype of our nesting spoon in her hand and said, “Mom, did you make this? So, does this mean you’re an inventor?!”
Ahimsa’s primary mission is to get healthy food to ALL children. We understand that for many families, plates don’t matter if there’s nothing to put on them. This is why we have teamed up with The Patachou Foundation – to get plastic OFF the table and healthy food ON it! Read more about the AAP's recent findings regarding children's health issues linked to food insecurity.