Stephanie Ring, MD
Dr. Ring is a mom of two sons ages six and two and an ob-gyn at Red Rocks Ob-Gyn in Lakewood, CO.
How many children do you have? I have two boys, ages six and two.
What’s your specialty? I’m an ob-gyn.
What’s your favorite parenting tip? My youngest son is deaf, and I have learned this advice the hard way. You are the world’s foremost expert on your child, and you are also his number one advocate. Trust your intuition. If you feel something isn’t right, follow your instincts. People with good intentions might tell you what they think you want to hear, but you’ve got to listen to yourself with regards to your child’s health and development.
What has surprised you most about parenting? How much fun it is! We laugh many times every day. My kids are the most funny, interesting, and engaging people I’ve ever met. I keep a journal of quotable quotes from my oldest son, writing down silly things he says. When I’m feeling frustrated with him, I often refer to that.
How do you get your kids to eat healthy food? My husband is an excellent cook, and he can make any vegetable tasty to even the pickiest eater. How a particular food is prepared and presented can make a big difference to a child. Often, what they’re willing to try is very mood-dependent. So, if they initially reject a food, I will reintroduce it at a different time. Persistence pays off.
How do you work exercise into your family’s life? For both our health and our mental well-being, we try to spend some outside each day. In the summer, we go to the park every day.
It’s harder to get outside in the winter. Instead, sometimes we turn on some music and jump around, be silly, and have pillow fights. We love going to the indoor pool and gymnastics. Don’t be a bystander during playtime. You can burn a lot of calories chasing them around.
How do you recharge your batteries? I get up a little bit earlier than the rest of my family to work out or read. I also try to make small islands of space for myself each day. Sometimes a 10- or 15-minute “time-out” for mom can make a huge difference.