Carole Lieberman, MD, MPH
Dr. Lieberman is a mom of one daughter, a Beverly Hills psychiatrist, and author on the Clinical Faculty of UCLA’s Neuropsychiatric Institute.
What’s your favorite parenting tip? Parents need to understand how everything they do is affecting the psychological development of their child, and will remain in their child’s unconscious, if not conscious, mind forever.
It is especially important to understand that divorce leaves scars, and it is important to go to psychotherapy for at least a year to try to save the marriage.
What has surprised you most about parenting? My daughter was born prematurely and had to stay in Neonatal ICU for 11 weeks, while I was warned about all the possible terrifying complications that could befall her.
Fortunately, she was out of the woods when we brought her home on approximately her true due date. Nonetheless, my husband and I worked extra hard—from the “make your baby a genius’’ type programs to private schools to daily extra-curricular activities and summer camps. All this extra attention paid off, and the day she was graduated from Barnard/Columbia University, I was incredibly grateful. I’m not only proud of her academic achievements, but her integrity and warm heart.
How do you get your kids to eat healthy food? I was never a fanatic about this, but I made sure that meals were healthy and that trips to fast-food places were few and far between.
How do you work exercise into your family’s life? From the time my daughter was three years old, I started her on horseback riding lessons at a riding camp, and I have continued this throughout her life. We now own horses and ride together regularly, even taking riding trips to foreign countries.
How do you recharge your batteries? I’m so incredibly busy trying to keep all the balls in the air, but I take time out to recharge my batteries by getting a massage and by going to the stable to ride horses with my daughter.
I heartily recommend riding and caring for horses together as a fabulous bonding experience for mothers and daughters.