Sigrid Payne DaVeiga, MD
Dr. DaVeiga is a mom of three children and a pediatric allergist with the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, in Philadelphia, PA.
What’s your favorite parenting tip? Trust yourself and your child and do what feels like the right decision for you both. Don’t listen to or read too many opinions, it can become very confusing and cause you more trouble in the long run.
What has surprised you most about parenting? The all-consuming quality of parenting is beyond my wildest imaginings! It is the greatest responsibility and the greatest gift I could ever dream of.
How do you get your kids to eat healthy food? Oh boy! This is definitely a challenge. We just continue to try new things. I try to make sure they get a fruit or vegetable with every meal and while we limit sweets and fatty foods, they are definitely enjoyed from time to time in our house. I count it as a major personal victory every time I succeed in making a wholesome meal that my son says he likes and “can we eat this every night?”
How do you work exercise into your family’s life? We have been blessed with an amazing dog who kept us enjoying the outdoors and active for many years. It became such a way of life for us that after he passed away we found ourselves inviting a new four-legged friend, in the form of a Great Dane, into our home. As my children get older and suggest they want to try any new activity or sport, I encourage it and make sure they each have an opportunity to find out what he or she enjoys and will pursue in their own lives. I am a dancer and try to keep up with the art and hope that role modeling a love for something active will help my children stay active in their lives.
How do you recharge your batteries? While it can be really hard to find the time, I try to go to yoga, teach a ballet class, read a book, walk the dog or go out with friends from time to time. I do find it difficult to leave my kids for anything for myself given their age, but I know that if I don’t take a breather, I won’t be at my best for them.