The Child Repair Guide with Dr. Steve Silvestro show

The Child Repair Guide with Dr. Steve Silvestro

Summary: In The Child Repair Guide, pediatrician and dad Dr. Steve Silvestro brings the wisdom and insights of the world's best childhood health and wellness experts directly to parents in one trusted source--to give parents the best tools possible to raise happy, healthy, confident kids.

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 The Participation Trophy Problem Isn't What You Think. Here's What Is. | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 07:52

I don't know about you, but my kids' dressers are jam-packed with trophies, medals, and ribbons. And all but two or three are for participation. Every season, the participation trophy stirs up debate. But the debate usually misses the point. Here's how to use the trophy to help your kid develop growth mindset & grit. **This episode is also available as an article at -- If you liked it, please share!

 Kids and Technology: Top Expert Tips for Parents - with Marc Groman & Dr. David Reitman | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 58:04

Whether you have a toddler or a teenager, this is an episode you need to hear. I sit down with Marc Groman, former Obama White House tech & privacy advisor, and Dr. David Reitman, adolescent medicine expert--hosts of the podcast Their Own Devices--to cover everything from screen time and development, behavior, sexting, cyberbullying, kids' online privacy, and more. This one has everything you need to know to help your kids manage their digital lives in a healthy, safe way. Full transcript available

 The Measles Outbreak: What Parents Really Need to Know | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 19:38

As you've likely heard, there's a measles outbreak. But if it's only infected a few hundred people, why all the fuss? Is this something you actually need to be concerned about? This episode was inspired by a conversation with a parent who asked me those very questions. Take a few minutes to listen, as I break down everything you need to know about why we care about measles outbreaks—plus what you need to know to keep your family healthy.

 Listener Mailbag: What If Your Child Isn't Hungry in the Morning for Breakfast? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 12:06

"Breakfast is the most important meal of the day," right? But what if your child isn't hungry before school? Is that a problem? What's going on? What should you do about it? In the first "Listener Mailbag" episode of The Child Repair Guide, I answer a listener's question about this very topic. If you'd like to submit a question for me to answer on the podcast, follow me on Instagram @zendocsteve and send me a DM, or leave a voicemail at the number mentioned in this episode!

 Solving Discipline Problems - with the author of '1-2-3 Magic,' Dr. Thomas Phelan | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 52:18

Kids don't come with an instruction manual (just a "Child Repair Guide!"), and the parenting section in bookstores is overwhelming. And yet, there are a handful of books that have stood the test of time. 1-2-3 Magic is one of them, having sold nearly 2 million copies over close to 30 years. My guest today is the author of this perennial bestseller, Dr. Thomas Phelan. And in our conversation, Dr. Phelan outlines the 3 simple steps you can use to radically change discipline challenges in your home.

 Can a Sick Child Fly on an Airplane? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 28:59

In this episode, I partner up with Bébé Voyage to answer one of the biggest questions I get asked: Can a sick child fly on airplane? You'll learn: *The 3 questions you need to ask yourself before you fly with a sick child *What happens to ears when you fly *Whether an ear infection should make you cancel your flight *What to do if your child has a cold *Is flying with a stomach bug worth it? *How to handle strep throat, pinkeye, and more on a flight Take a listen & get to your adventure!

 Constipation in Kids: How to Fix It for Good - with Dr. Sarina Pasricha | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 45:46

I bet you never expected being a parent would mean thinking about your kids' poop as much as you do, huh? And when your child is constipated, it becomes something you think about A LOT. Constipation is frustrating for both kids AND parents, and sometimes it can seem as if there is no fix in sight. My guest today is Dr. Sarina Pasricha, a nationally recognized gastroenterologist whose focus is on constipation, irritable bowel syndrome & gut health. She shares her best tips for how to get things moving!

 A Psychologist's Tips for Helping Kids with Pain - with Dr. Lindsay Clendaniel | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 55:24

It's heartbreaking as a parent to watch your child be in pain. This episode is going to give you everything you need to understand--and help--your child with pain. My guest is Lindsay Clendaniel, PhD, a pediatric psychologist and director of Thinking Tree Psychology. Dr. Clendaniel has particular expertise in pain management, having presented at national conferences on the topic and helped hundreds of families learn to manage chronic pain so that kids can live their best possible lives.

 The Activity Your Family Needs to Start This year: The Jar of Awesome | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 15:33

We'd all love to raise kids who are positive and who can appreciate the good in their lives. In this episode, I describe a simple, fun activity that can help you and your children do exactly that. This activity has brought so much warmth, joy, and gratitude into my family over the past year, I'm thrilled to share the idea with you. Also, be sure to subscribe to my newsletter at to stay on top of exciting announcements that will be coming soon!

 Why Is Your Baby Gassy? (and How to Help!) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 08:34

What happened? Your sweet newborn turned into a gassy, fussy one-month-old who squeals in discomfort every night. This is something so universal, you'll want to share this episode with everyone you know who has a young baby. Take a listen to hear why these gassy changes happen & for tips on how you can help your baby feel better. A video version of this episode is also viewable at

 Helping Kids & Teens Find Direction - with Career Coach Jason Levin | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 59:22

As parents, we can plant the seeds, but our kids have to do the growing themselves. We all want our kids to succeed, but we can't do the succeeding for them. So whether you have young kids or a teen off to college, the question is: How do we help our kids & teens find their own path, without inserting OURselves in the way? To get the answer, I turned to career and outplacement coach Jason Levin...and the result is an episode that might help both kids & parents alike find their own direction.

 Updated Re-Air: Fevers in Children - How to Treat & When to Worry | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 38:28

Fevers tend to stress us all out, making it important for every parent to know when to worry, when not to, how to fix them, what thermometers to get, why fevers get higher at night, and more. In addition to this episode—a rebroadcast of one of my earliest—I've now created an article version of this information—updated & with even more useful info added. The article has everything covered in this episode and more. Check it out at

 Helping Your Kids Win at Holiday Behavior | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 19:25

The holiday season is hyped up to kids as “the most wonderful time of year,” a time that they simply must enjoy. After all, it’s packed with parties, pie, candy canes, sleepovers with cousins—and, depending on your family’s traditions, presents. But sweet treats, packed schedules, and excitement can result in overtired, sugar-crashed, cranky kids more destined for the naughty list than the nice. Here are simple tips you can use to help ensure you & your kids can enjoy a smooth,happy holid

 6 Tips for Staying Zen While Traveling with Kids | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 20:16

I'm sure you've probably already noticed—traveling with kids is a lot different from traveling pre-kids! Whether you're traveling next week for a holiday, headed off to beach, or jetting around the world on an adventure, taking the kids along brings both wonderful joy & new stress. I'm proud to announce that I've joined the team at Bébé Voyage—the best resource for families that travel—as a Medical Advisor and "Zen Expert," to help families keep healthy & happy in their travels. Here are my t

 Headaches in Children - with Dr. Huma Sheikh | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 38:37

It’s hard to watch your children when they’re in pain. And what makes headaches in children so heartbreaking to watch as a parent is that if you’ve ever experienced a headache yourself, you know exactly what kind of pain your child is going through. That's why I reached out to Dr. Huma Sheikh to help give you the info you need to know as a parent of a child with headaches. She's the go-to expert on headaches -- and we cover everything you need to know to help your child.


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