Tiemdow Phumiruk, MD
Dr. Phumiruk is a mom of 13-, 10-, and 7-year old daughters, a pediatrician in the Emergency Department of Children’s Hospital Colorado at Parker Adventist Hospital, and an instructor at Rocky Vista University School of Osteopathic Medicine, in Lone Tree, CO
What’s your favorite parenting tip? If you have a normal, healthy child, then your child will be able to accomplish whatever you want him or her to accomplish. If you don’t want your child standing up on chairs, then make it a steadfast rule, not an option or negotiation. Some things should be rules because they are safety issues, and others are just undesirable behavior. If you feel it’s an important goal for your child, then make that behavior unacceptable, just as you would treat a safety issue.
What surprised you most about parenting? I don’t think it’s possible to imagine how these little people change your life and the greatness of your love for them. You love them with your entire heart and soul. They suddenly become your number one priority before everything else in life, catapulting themselves ahead of spouses and careers.
How do you get your kids to eat healthy food? We don’t make it an option in our home to eat junk! We present the kids with healthy meals whenever possible and don’t purchase too many high fat or sugary products (potato chips, candy, etc.). It’s best if they aren’t readily available in the pantry.
How do you work exercise into your family’s life? When the girls were younger, we’d go to the park frequently. For the kids, we purchased a bounce castle that is in our basement for my middle daughter’s 3rd birthday, and that was great for cold winter days at home. For my exercise, I would often use the elliptical trainer in our basement when they were doing quiet time/nap time. Now that they are older, there are so many more options. I usually can just head out for a 30-minute bike ride while they are at school. Sometimes we’ll all go for a walk together as a family. My kids are not terribly athletic, but they are willing to try new sports now and then, so we’ll often try a new activity such as in tennis, volleyball, 50-yard dash races, or biking.
How do you recharge your batteries? Usually I’ll head outside for a brisk walk or bike ride. Quick catnaps are also great for a boost when I am feeling really drained.
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