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Gabriella Cardone, MD

Dr. Cardone is a mom of five-, three-, and one-year-old daughters and a pediatric emergency physician at Texas Children’s Hospital, in Houston

How many children do you have?  I have five-, three-, and one-year-old daughters.

What’s your specialty?  Emergency medicine

What’s your favorite parenting tip?  Have a routine and follow the rules.

What has surprised you most about parenting?  How fast children learn, how innocent they are, and how resilient they are.

How do you get your kids to eat healthy food?  I try to make healthy eating fun. For example, I made a face out of fruit and boiled eggs. I also disguise vegetables into soups. I have a juicer, and I make apple-berry juice, with a little carrot and spinach mixed in. I also tell my girls that when they eat healthy foods, they have rosy cheeks or ballet legs.

How do you work exercise into your family’s life?  My girls dance and swim. We also walk to school.

How do you recharge your batteries?  My babies’ first years, I didn’t have a lot of time, but it’s getting easier. Sometimes I’ll let them watch a half-hour educational video while I do my nails. Sometimes I ask my nanny to come a little early or stay a little later so I can take care of myself. Also, when I need a quick pick-me-up, I think of my daughters’ smiles.

Dr. Cardone’s Q&As 

My baby is starting to have tantrums. How did you cope with this?

My baby is a few weeks old, and I am totally overwhelmed. How can I get my husband to pitch in?

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