Sadaf Bhutta, MD
Dr. Bhutta is a mom of a six-year-old daughter and four-year-old triplets and an assistant professor and the fellowship director of pediatric radiology at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and Arkansas Children’s Hospital, both in Little Rock
What’s the best parenting advice you’ve ever received? My mom said do not put your career at stake for the kids. You have the capacity and ability to raise them well, and they’ll grow up before you know it, and you will have forsaken your career for them. Most working moms live with that guilt, but I think from personal experience (my mom was a working physician) that kids of working moms are better adjusted in so many ways.
What’s your own favorite parenting tip? If you set your priorities and have help, everything’s doable. I have a nanny who comes two hours in the morning to help me get the kids up and ready for day care, and she comes three hours in the evening to help. That way I have time to play with the kids and she helps with dinner, bath, and bed. My husband also helps out a lot. I can’t imagine doing this all by myself!
How do you get your kids to eat healthy food? We try to buy as much organic food as we possibly can, especially meat and dairy products. I don’t buy any “regular” snacks for the kids, and my pantry is always stocked with fruits etc as substitute for snacks. My kids start eating table food at around 1 year of age so there is very little jar food etc involved. My older daughter still refers to any soda as “Daddy’s juice” as only Daddy is allowed to drink out of a can.
How do you work exercise into your family’s life? I go to the gym at 5:30 in the morning as that is the only time I can get away from my hectic schedule. I am also training for a half-marathon in next spring.
How do you recharge your batteries? After the kids’ bedtime, my husband and I watch some TV, and I surf the Internet. Once a month, we have our date night as well.