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Judy Dudum, MD

Dr. Dudum is a mom of a boy and two girls, an ob/gyn, and a senior staff physician at Henry Ford Health System in Detroit, with interests in nutrition and adolescent gynecology.

How many children do you have? I have three children. My son is 19, and my daughters are 17 and 15.

What’s your specialty? I’m an ob-gyn, with interests in nutrition and adolescent gynecology.

What’s your favorite parenting tip? Each phase of parenting is different. The problems don’t get worse, they just change. One positive about when they’re younger is you have control over who they pick as friends. When they’re older, you lose that.

What has surprised you most about parenting? You learn not to sweat the small stuff. Plus I’ve learned never to compare my kids with other people’s kids. You never know what your kid will end up doing.

How do you get your kids to eat healthy food? I used to be overweight, but I’m a lifetime Weight Watchers member now. I model healthy behaviors, such as drinking water and eating in moderation. I also love to cook, and I do all of my own cooking. I prepare meals on the weekends and freeze them. I call my kids on my way home from work and ask them to put dinner in the oven.

How do you recharge your batteries? I go out with my friends. Sometimes I just sleep!

Dr. Dudum’s Q&As

My husband is a nervous wreck that I’m going to call him home from work thinking I’m in labor but it will be a false alarm. Did that happen to you?

Do you think it’s a good idea to have an older child in the room for the birth of her sibling?

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