Shirley Mueller, MD
Dr. Mueller is a mom of one grown daughter and a grandmother of two, a board-certified neurologist and psychiatrist, and the CEO and President of MyMoneyMD.com, in Indianapolis, IN.
How many children do you have? We have one 45-year-old daughter and two grandchildren, ages 10 and 7.
What’s your specialty? I’m a board-certified neurologist and psychiatrist. I was the head of neurology of Wishard Memorial Hospital in Indianapolis, IN.
What’s your favorite parenting tip? First, enjoy your kids! Second, be there for their important events. Some children need their parents more at critical times than others do, and it’s up to the parent to judge that.
What has surprised you most about parenting? I never expected it to be so much work!
How do you get your kids to eat healthy food? We simply didn’t offer food that wasn’t healthy. But that was easier back then. A big treat for my daughter when she was growing up was go get a ice cream cone. I remember once, when my daughter was around three years old, we were walking home with our ice cream cones, and hers fell right off the cone, plop onto the sidewalk. My daughter bent down toward it and put her cone on top of the ice cream to pick it back up again! This was, of course, not acceptable, but it was adorable!
How do you work exercise into your family’s life? We took walks together.
How do you recharge your batteries? When our daughter was growing up, I didn’t have the time to do anything. I went back to full-time work days after my daughter was born, and then I worked nonstop. But now I have a new life in Chinese porcelain!