Caring for Kids…at Billings Clinic

Author Michelle Pierson, MD

4 things your tween needs to know about puberty but is too afraid to ask


Girls tend to hold the spotlight on adolescent hormonal angst, but sometimes boys go through the pubertal stage just as dramatically.  For many boys, puberty occurs rather suddenly and when changes do occur, they seem to happen all at once. In some instances, a boy will come back from summer break 6 inches taller and … continue reading

Exploring Montana


For some reason, I always feel like I’ve been “robbed” this time of year.  I am not ready for the summer to be over yet.  My kids will be off to school this week, and I wish we had more time together!  My kids are a bit older now and they are fun to hang … continue reading

5 ways to take the bite out of summer

Bug Photo with Girl

The summer always brings the buzzing, biting, stinging creatures that wreak havoc on evening outings and picnics.  In Montana, the mosquito is not the state “bird” as it is in Minnesota, but they can still put a damper on any boating or camping trip.  The perfectly placed mosquito bite can create quite a localized reaction … continue reading

The talk, yes that talk

The talk

One of the most uncomfortable conversations we’ll have with our kids is the old “Birds and the Bees” talk.  Most parents are usually caught off guard by an inquisitive preschooler asking, “Where do babies come from?” The response involves a nervous, flushed parent carefully choosing words that include, “when two people love each other….” Most … continue reading

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