Katie Bolt, MD
Dr. Katie Bolt is a mom of a two-year-old son and an OB/GYN with Partners in OB/GYN Care at Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women in Houston, TX.
How many children do you have and what are their ages? I have my hands and heart full with my son. He is a wild, bossy, smart, kind, temper-tantrum throwing two-year-old. My husband and I are hoping to have a bigger family one day.
What’s your favorite parenting tip? Make sure your face lights up every time you see your child! Although it’s simple and seems obvious, this parenting advice really hit home with me when I first learned about it. As a working mom, there were definitely days when I was running late and hurried into the house, more concerned about making the nanny stay late, that I actually forgot to smile and say hello to my child. Now, no matter what, the first thing I do is smile, say hello and give my son a big hug. I’ve made it a habit to give him this attention each time I see him after we’ve been apart. I know he expects it now so when he gives me that big smile back, it’s the best thing in the world!
What has surprised you most about parenting? Almost everything you hear about becoming a parent is true! It’s hard, it’s wonderful, you laugh, you cry, you learn and it changes absolutely everything.
How do you get your kids to eat healthy food? This is a never ending struggle in our house. I usually prepare several healthy meals on Sundays that can be served throughout the week. I also keep fresh fruits, vegetables and healthy snacks available at all times. I don’t have any big diet rules in my house. Instead, I focus on eating a healthy, balanced diet.
One thing I’ve learned, is to stop feeling disappointed and being hard on myself when my son has chicken nuggets for dinner, sometimes more than once a week. Some weeks and days are harder than others. We just keep trying!
A website I use, and frequently refer my patients to, is MyPlate.gov. It’s a great resource for eating healthy. This website offers easy-to-follow nutrition education, daily meal plans and sample menus, which are based on your age group and recommended calorie intake.
How do you work exercise into your family’s life? Admittedly, this is not my strong point. But, my husband is a runner, and he takes our son in the stroller, which is setting a good example for regular exercise. Recently, we bought our son a play stroller because he wanted to take his doll “running.” It’s really cute, and I was happy to realize that he does notice these things. Also, we take family bike rides or walks almost every day. This is not only good exercise, but it’s often easier to handle a two-year-old when we get out of the house!
How do you recharge your batteries? The most energizing activity for me to do is something productive, alone. Recently, I made a photo book of my son’s first year (a year late!). Going through old pictures in the morning with a cup of coffee for 30-minutes before everyone woke up was fun, relaxing and I got a great photo book out of it! I’m working on year 2 now…