If we truly listen to the parents of our patients, they will share with us their hopes and fears, their insights and frustrations about the emotional health of their children. Tantrums, nightmares, school refusal, shyness, sibling rivalry—the litany is familiar. Helping parents to explore solutions should bring us more satisfaction than writing a prescription for otitis. Why else did we become pediatricians? Faced, however, with the reality of shorter office visits and pressure to see more patients, we realize there's sometimes not enough time to talk. And clearly, mental health referrals for these common problems of healthy families are not appropriate.
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