Paul Smolen

Dr. Paul Smolen, also known as ‘Doc Smo’ by his friends, is a graduate of Duke University (1974), Rutgers Medical School (1978), and Wake Forest University-N.C. Baptist Hospital (1982). At Wake Forest University he completed a residency in general pediatrics, served as chief resident, and completed a fellowship in ambulatory pediatrics. Subsequently, he became board certified in the American Academy of Pediatrics (1983) and completed his maintenance of certification in 2014.

For the last 33 years, he has been an Adjunct Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, helping to train a generation of medical students and pediatric residents as well as author numerous research papers. He is currently a practicing pediatrician in Charlotte, NC.

Doc Smo is a bona-fide expert in knowing what parents want and need to know about parenting and child health. He shares practical and useful advice with parents and children alike, firmly believing that “an informed parent is a great parent.” Whether teaching, practicing, blogging or writing, Doc Smo’s mission is to improve the health and well-being of children. Visit for more information on him and his bestselling books.


Can Doesn’t Mean Should

Can Doesn’t Mean Should

$14.95eBook: $7.99
Genre: Educational

Become a better parent and make it easier!

Dr. Smolen, a seasoned pediatrician and pediatric blogger, provides parents current, research based information to help you make informed decisions about family life.  He provides practical tips and strategies for parents in the 21st century:

  • Food - optimal nutrition and consequences of poor choices
  • Screen - the influence of quantity and type of screen time
  • Chores - responsibility shapes character
  • Money - value and management
  • Balance - academics, extra curricular activities, and unstructured play
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Great Kids Don’t Just Happen

Great Kids Don’t Just Happen

$14.95eBook: $6.99
Genre: Nonfiction

If there are children in your life, you need Dr. Smolen’s research and wisdom!

Physically and emotionally healthy children are Great Kids. They are happier when young and thrive as adults. Pediatrician Dr. Paul Smolen identifies five essential parenting elements which help develop happy and successful kids. In Great Kids Don’t Just Happen you will learn how to use those elements and nurture the children in your life.

The author’s observations and advice are supported by scientific studies referenced throughout the book and personal observations from his many years of practice as a pediatrician. The five essential elements and how to apply them are made easy to understand in the warm words of one who knows, practices, and teaches from research, observation, and experience. Learn how to provide:

  • Realistic praise
  • Consistent limits
  • A healthy emotional environment
  • Strong parental commitment
  • Stability

Dr. Smolen’s research and wisdom are sure to be of great help for your family and loved ones.

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