Charlene Brock, MD
Dr. Brock is a mom of 28-, 25-, and 23-year-old sons and an 18-year-old daughter and a pediatrician with St. Chris Care at Falls Center, in Philadelphia, PA.
How many children do you have? I have 28-, 25-, and 23-year-old sons and an 18-year-old daughter.
What’s your specialty? Pediatrics
What’s your favorite parenting tip? Nap when your baby is napping. The first two months, most babies are up a lot each night. It’s important to take care of yourself and get sleep.
Also when people offer to help, say yes. You don’t have to entertain them! Stay in your robe. Then it’s clear to them that you won’t be entertaining them and that it’s your job to be close to your baby. If your friends and family want to clean and shop for you, let them!
What has surprised you most about parenting? How fast the time goes by. I tell new parents: You’re going to blink, and the years will go by.
How do you get your kids to eat healthy food? I have a very creative husband. He used to have bean races with our k id s: How many beans can you eat in a minute? Once my daughter was eating a baby carrot, and it fell into her milk. My husband said, “Oh that’s great! I love my carrots dipped in milk!” And so my daughter gobbled it up.
How do you work exercise into your family’s life? My kids just moved nonstop when they were little I have three boys who are pretty close in age, and our house was right across the street from a park. It was like our big front yard. We also had toddler seats on the back of our bikes, so the kids got used to riding with us, then enjoyed riding bikes themselves as they got older.
How do you recharge your batteries? I enjoy spending time with my friends from church. We get together of Bible study, prayer, and encouragement. We share concerns with each other, and we pray for each other.
I also have a hobby of collecting coupons. I like to save money! I started clipping coupons when I first opened up my practice and was six months pregnant. I d id n’t have many patients those first few months and so at times I sat at my desk clipping coupons while I waited for my patients to arrive. Today I keep a basket in my waiting room filled with coupons for baby items such as diapers and baby food for moms to take.