Amy Baxter, MD
Dr. Baxter is a mom of 15- and 12-year-old sons and a 10-year-old daughter; the CEO Buzzy4shots.com; and the Director of Emergency Research, Scottish Rite, of the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
What’s your favorite parenting tip? As a parent, I want to raise inquisitive, compassionate children who are well-behaved and not entitled. I believe they all feel that they are the most important part of my life, and even when I don’t have much time I prioritize making the memories. We have cards at the dinner table with family questions, and we discuss everything from the family we’d most like to be stranded on a desert island with to the coziest place in the house. When they think about family time, I think they’ll remember that sort of thing because it’s unique, but won’t remember how much I was travelling.
What has surprised you most about parenting? How utterly consuming and rewarding it is. I never expected the roller coaster facet; once you’re strapped in, you’re on the ride however it goes. I remember feeling after we had our first that everything else up until that point had been shallow and frivolous compared to the real depth of raising a child. As we take the crest and downhill roll that happens in your 40s, and as the kids’ personalities and trajectories become more clear, it really is “Lion King”—circle of life.
How do you get your kids to eat healthy food? I don’t buy much unhealthy food. We never have chips or cookies in the house unless there’s a party. Juice is evil, we rarely have it.
How do you work exercise into your family’s life? We walk to school at least once a week, and the boys are into something called “Parkour,” which involves a lot of flipping and climbing. They practice on the couch downstairs.
How do you recharge your batteries? I enjoy cooking (Asian, Indian, or Mexican), taking the excellent beer classes at the Porter in Little 5 points, and going to live music with my husband. I also plan Mommy Dates with my kids, and roughly every third week they get one.
Dr. Baxter’s Q&As
My baby goes back to the doctor for her two-month-visit, and I know she needs more shots. How can I help her with the pain?