Jane Scott, MD
Dr. Scott is a mom of four grown children, a grandmom of two, a board-certified pediatrician and neonatologist, and the founder of Tortle Products, LLC.
What are your favorite parenting tips? Enjoy your children, have fun with them, be involved.
Also: Be consistent. Children are masters in recognizing inconsistencies in parenting, and even great children will work hard to take advantage if you provide this opportunity.
And children usually learn more by modeling you as a parent than by what you tell them as a parent.
How did you come up with the idea for the Tortle? Throughout my career, I have worked with parents to help avoid and correct problems associated with an abnormal head shape, known as positional plagiocephaly. The incidence of this condition has increased dramatically, from parents following the protocol introduced by the American Academy of Pediatrics of placing babies only on their backs to decrease the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.
In addition to educating new parents on the prevention of plagiocephaly, I created Tortle, a non-invasive affordable solution that treats mild cases and early diagnosed positional plagiocephaly and torticollis in young infants, but it can also prevent it from ever occurring. The Tortle is a patented, FDA cleared device.
What has surprised you the most about parenting? My biggest surprise as a parent is that despite the fact that our children are now adults, and even though none of them chose to become physicians, all four have joined me in my mission to help children. They have the same desire and motivation that they saw in me when going through my medical training and now in my professional career. I see it as a gift.
How do you get your kids to eat healthy food? I grew up in a very British Colonial home, where meals were beautifully prepared and balanced but were a celebration! Now that I live in the United States, I still have trouble with processed foods and fast foods. I simply did not buy junk food, and I rarely bought snacks. There was always nice fruit, cheese, and yogurt available. When you only buy nutritious foods, children just go along with the program, especially if it is the norm at home.
How do you work exercise into your family’s life? Our children were very physical, always playing outside, swinging in the trees, and riding on their bikes. They also loved to be part of individual and team sporting activities, so every day after school my husband and I or at least one of us was out with them, attending swim team, soccer, basketball, wrestling, martial arts, etc. It was so much fun. Weekends we were usually skiing, either water or snow skiing, depending on the time of the year.
These were some of our favorite times, and my children still talk about how much they enjoyed these activities. Somehow we always found time. Exercised children are such a joy!
How do you recharge your batteries? I love music and art. One of my most prized possessions is my baby grand piano. This piano is a conventional piano, and it is also a player piano. It is hooked up to the internet, so it streams music of all styles dependent on one’s mood. This instrument actually provides the music for our home. I’m certain that one day I will wear it completely out!