All posts by Dr. Todd Huffman

Dr. Todd Huffman is a pediatrician in Springfield, Oregon. He moved to Oregon from Ohio in 1996, having begun his career in pediatrics in 1992, and trained at the Ohio State University. He has two daughters, Alexandra (1995) and Olivia (1997).

Teens, Tweens, and Online Safety

Today’s teens and “tweens” are connected to one another, and to the world, via digital technology more than any previous generation. Social media (SM) venues like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat have surpassed e-mail as the preferred method of communication in all age groups.…

Children at Play are Pint-Sized Scientists

Walking creek side in Forest Park on a recent chilly afternoon my friend and I witnessed an excited band of pint-sized scientists conducting a playful experiment. They were testing their hypothesis that a leaf would float. To their delight, not only did the leaf float, it rode the sidling current downstream, followed by the giggling club of future thinkers and creators, oblivious to the cold.…

Smothered In Praise: Recognizing Children for Their Effort

“She’s so advanced!” beams the proud parent. “He’s just so smart!” boasts the doting grandmother. So goes another day in the Lake Wobegon land of a pediatric office, where all of the children are above average.

Not to disparage anyone, for who would contest the prerogative of kin to exult their beloved child?…