Heather Orman-Lubell, MD
Dr. Orman-Lubell is a mom of 11- and 7-year-old sons and a pediatrician in private practice at Yardley Pediatrics of St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, in PA.
What’s your favorite parenting tip? Enjoy it! The struggles pass, and you forget the bad things.
What has surprised you most about parenting? How quickly the time goes. I recently went to my older son’s middle school transition night, and it seems like just yesterday he was starting preschool.
How do you get your kids to eat healthy food? Despite the fact that I’ve raised my sons basically the same way, I have a 10-year-old who will eat anything and a six-year-old who eats only three foods. I think all you can do is expose your kids to healthy food and hope for the best. When they’re six months old, they’ll open their mouths for anything. But once they’re six years old, you can’t force it.
How do you work exercise into your family’s life? I’m a runner, and I tell my husband it’s a lot cheaper than therapy. My family knows that I need to run to stay sane. They’ve been know n to say “Mom’s cranky; she needs to go run.”
How do you recharge your batteries? Make sure to make time for yourself. You can’t live 24/7 for your kids. That’s not good for anyone. You have to get past the guilt of taking time away. If mom’s happy, everyone’ s happy.