Stuart Jeanne Bramhall, MD
Dr. Bramhall is a mom of a 31-year-old daughter and a child and adolescent psychiatrist in New Plymouth, New Zealand.
What’s your favorite parenting tip? Set regular play dates, starting around 24 months. It’s amazing how this improves the quality of time with parents because having regular playmates drastically reduces children’s’ demands on adults.
What has surprised you most about parenting? How much my relationship with my daughter has taught me about social relationships in general
How do you get your daughter to eat healthy food? Prior to 24 months, I used a food grinder to mix it with foods she liked. After 24 months, going to the corner store for sweets was a reward for eating a good dinner.
How do you work exercise into your family’s life? When my daughter was still living at home, we took long walks, went cycling, and played at the playground.
How do you recharge your batteries? I am a long term activist, in addition to being a psychiatrist. There were always one or two evenings a week where I would go to meetings, and my daughter would go to friends’ homes to play.