Deborah Kulick, MD
Dr. Kulick is a mom of two-year-old and eight-month-old sons, a child and adolescent psychiatrist at the Everett Teen Health Center and an instructor in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and the Cambridge Health Alliance, in Boston, MA.
What’s your favorite parenting tip? If something doesn’t work out the first time, keep trying.
What surprised you most about parenting? How much patience was required and how much you really have to put your own need last.
How do you get your kids to eat healthy food? Trying new foods is a way of life with my sons, but maybe not in the way one might imagine. My older son is a great eater, but he’s constantly changing what he likes to eat. One week, for example, he loves grapes, so I buy a big bunch of them. The next week, he dislikes grapes but now he loves blueberries. I like to buy him new foods so that he can experiment, try new things, and see what he likes—this week anyway
I also want my son to take pleasure in eating healthy foods. I don’t like to give him a lot of sweets, but sometimes I will add a bit of a sweet to encourage him to eat a healthy food. For example, a tiny squirt of whipped cream makes a banana go down a lot easier!
My older son loves to help me cook. I try to make him a part of the process. My son puts on a little apron, and he can mash potatoes or bananas with a masher. Though I admit I have to set the bowl onto our very clean kitchen floor, so it doesn’t fall off the counter.
How do you work exercise into your family’s life? I’m still working on this. Just looking into purchasing a spin bike and elliptical to have at our house, since I don’t have time to go to the gym!
How do you recharge your batteries? I read before bed and watch TV that makes me laugh-I adore Modern Family!