Building Blocks to a Healthier Family

Brooke's Daddy House Call

Brooke's Busy Morning

See how Brooke, a mother of four, gets her family ready for the day.

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Gino, 42, is a stay-at-home dad who takes care of his two daughters, Gwen, 5, and Delaney, 2, while his wife, Lisa, goes to work outside of the home. Co-CEO of and The Doctors' mommy correspondent Brooke Burke pays Gino a house call to lend a hand with everything from organization and cleaning to play dates and nutrition tips!

"[Being a stay-at-home dad] makes you really appreciate the time you do have [with your kids]," Gino says.

Talking Health with Sesame Street!
The hit children's TV show Sesame Street is celebrating its 40th anniversary, and characters Zoe and Oscar the Grouch join The Doctors to answer kids' most pressing health questions!
• How can you make medicine taste better?
Pediatrician Dr. Jim Sears, Zoe and Oscar share tips to help your kids to take their medicine without a fuss.
Why do boogers form?
E.R. physician Dr. Travis Stork explains what causes mucus build-up in the nose and tells your kids the proper way to remove it.

Staying Healthy

Oscar the Grouch and Zoe tell The Doctors what staying healthy means to them

Are cookies a good snack?
Dr. Jim and Dr. Travis demonstrate how to get kids to eat healthily.

Does ballet count as exercise?
Zoe explains that dancing is a great exercise for kids and then shows off her moves with the Silly, Willy, Nilly dance. Try it with your kids!

Marcus, 4, is scared to go to the doctor. Dr. Jim and Prairie Dawn show Marcus that visiting the doctor can be fun!

Pet Health
If you are a pet owner, feeding your furry friends the proper foods is essential to maintaining their health, both inside and out.

Just like their owners, pets need nutrients such as protein, carbohydrates, grains and some fats. "It's really important to have a variety," veterinarian Dr. Bernadine Cruz says. "These are the building blocks that allow us, the pet owner, to make sure that we allow [pets] to age successfully, because we want them around for a long time."

Dr. Travis and Dr. Cruz explain what prebiotics are and why they are important for your pet.

Dr. Cruz's Signs of a Healthy Pet
• Strong bones
Shiny coat
Healthy digestion
Strong immune system
Healthy teeth
Healthy heart
Strong muscles

The Doctors' Youngest Fan

Breck, 4, is such a big fan of The Doctors, he never misses a show. Watch him sing the theme song!

Spanking Controversy
A new study found that spanking may have detrimental effects on both behavioral and mental development in children. According to the research, children between the ages 2 and 4 who were spanked had a five-point lower IQ score than those who weren't. The study focused mostly on children who were spanked as 1 year olds.

"I think that's way too young," Dr. Jim says. "They don't even know the difference from right from wrong at that age, let alone why they're getting hit.

"I think [overreacting] is a big problem with parents," Dr. Jim continues. "They get angry when their kids are acting up, and they just go off and hit them. And that's not discipline; that's frustration."

The American Academy of Pediatrics does not recommend spanking as discipline, but rather non-physical forms of punishment.

"We have to learn other disciplinary tactics," Brooke says. "[Kids] need discipline. The more disciplinary tactics we give them, the more we teach them, the more structure [children have], the better they are going to behave. But we have to learn that as parents, as well.