Ann Contrucci, MD
Dr. Contrucci is a mom of 12-year-old boy-girl twins who works as a pediatric emergency room physician in Atlanta, GA.
How many children do you have? I have 12-year-old boy-girl twins.
What’s your specialty? I am board certified in pediatrics, with nearly 15 years of experience including 4 1/2 years in private practice and the last 10 in the pediatric ER.
What’s your favorite parenting tip? Enjoy every age. I’ve never been able to pick a favorite because they are all unique, fun, and always challenging! Be an active part of raising your children to be adults with character and good hearts because they all start out as a blank slate. You are their most influential teacher.
What has surprised you most about parenting? How phenomenal it is to watch these tiny babies grow into toddlers, preschoolers, elementary school students, and now middle schoolers, becoming their own person. The joys are unbridled and the frustrations can make you pull your hair out. And yes, I make mistakes but when all is said and done, it’s the most demanding, satisfying job in the world.
How do you get your kids to eat healthy food? Put a few choices in front of them and be matter of fact, this is the meal. If they don’t like it, they can figure out what to make to eat. I am not a short order cook! Don’t turn it into a power struggle.
How do you work exercise into your family’s life? Fortunately, my kids have grown up loving to be outside, riding bikes, playing ball, making forts in the backyard, hiking, etc. We didn’t get a video game system until someone gave one to us! We don’t own handheld video games nor do we have a DVD player in our cars. So, basically physical activity is just a normal part of our daily life.
How do you recharge your batteries? Cycling, photography, reading. Drinking wine is always an “aaaahh” moment for me.