Kelly Campbell, MD
Dr. Campbell is mom of three and an ob/gyn in private practice at Women’s Healthcare Physicians in West Bloomfield, MI
How many children do you have? I have three children: a daughter age 9 and twins boys age 5
What’s your specialty? I’m an ob-gyn
What’s your favorite parenting tip? Get to know your children and follow your instincts because you know your children better than anyone else does. Don’t be talked into or out of things that you know in your gut.
Plus, beginning in infancy, keep a stocked emergency bag in each of your vehicles. Fill it with a change of clothes for each child and for yourself. They don’t have to be fancy, even a pair of sweat, a T-shirt, underwear, and socks will do. Include a few books, crayons and paper, and a toy. This way you’ll be prepared for an unexpected overnight stay, being stuck in traffic for a few hours, or if a child throws up all over you. Even now that my kids are older, I still keep an emergency bag in my car.
What has surprised you most about parenting? How invested I am in my kids. Before I had kids, I was a total career woman, and even though I knew I wanted to have kids, I thought that would sort of be on the side! But now my kids come first and my career comes second.
How do you get your kids to eat healthy food? That is a real challenge. One of my twins is very small and a terribly picky eater.
I always model healthy eating. I also don’t buy a lot of junk food. If we want a treat, we have to go out for it. Also, I keep ingredients on hand to make treats from scratch. IF my kids want a treat, we make one together. My logic is at least if you make chocolate chip cookies homemade, you know what’s in them and your kids have the learning experience of baking them.
We also never eat fast food. When we go out, we got a real restaurant where someone is serving us real food.
How do you work exercise into your family’s life? It’s challenging for me ,and I usually get my exercise in before my kids wake up. I’ve learned that even 10 minutes of activity squeezed into a busy day can help.
We have a rule in our house: No screen time on school nights. That means no video games, TV, or computer time. Instead my kids run, ride bikes, and play outside
My kids are by nature super active. I really don’t have to do anything to encourage them to exercise. They’re up at the crack of dawn and they run around until they collapse into bed at night.
How do you recharge your batteries? My husband and I divorced last year, and I’ve really struggled with finding time for myself. When my kids are with my ex-husband, I spend that time working. However, I’m going to start taking one of those days each month to do something for myself. I have the time; I just need to take it. One day a month isn’t going to break the bank!
Dr. Campbell’s Q&As
I just found out I’m pregnant! I see all these lovely baby books in the stores, but they look like so much work. But I would like to capture my thoughts and memories from my pregnancy. What did you do?