Avani Trivedi, DO
Dr. Avani Trivedi is the mother of a two-year-old daughter and a one-year-old son, and an anesthesiologist at Princeton Anesthesia Services in Plainsboro, NJ.
What is your favorite parenting tip? I think I learned this the long and hard way, but my favorite parenting tip is to let things go. Before I became a mom, I had a lot of rules and structure in my life that I thought I would instinctually impose upon my children. After having one child, I realized that structure is good, but kids will be kids, and sometimes if things don’t go according to plan, it’s okay. Learning to go with the flow has really helped decrease stressful situations with children.
What has surprised you the most about parenting? “Where is the time going?” I feel as if it were just yesterday that I delivered my daughter, and now close to three years have gone by. I really try to take in every moment with each of my children because time truly flies. Someone once told me that the days go by fast, but the years go by faster; now I know what they meant.
How do you get your kids to eat healthy food? As a family, we maintain a vegetarian diet. For both my kids, as soon as we started solids, we gave them a lot of fruits and veggies, limited junk food, and rarely gave them juice. Once they were accustomed to eating that way, they just preferred it. In my daughter’s lunchbox, we make sure there is some type of organic yogurt and fruit. On long car rides, I usually bring bananas, blueberries, or cut strawberries, and cheese; this way they have some healthy snack options.
How do you work exercise into your family’s life? We do a lot of walking because it’s easy to do and we can do it together. When the weather is nice, we take our kids out in the double stroller and go for a long walk or a light jog. Three days a week, I wake up half an hour earlier, before I go to work, and do some type of cardio. I like variety, so some days I will run and jump rope, and others I will choose an exercise show on demand on my television. My husband and I believe that if the kids see us stay active, it sets a good example for them at an early age.
How do you recharge your batteries? My husband and I try to do a date night once a month. I realize that parenthood can take over and, though it is so rewarding, oftentimes parents can lose a sense of themselves in it. A healthy marriage is beneficial for the whole family, so we take time out for us! Also, once a year, my college friends and I take a girls’ trip. We are all moms now, but having an annual trip brings out our youth; we’ve been doing this for more than 15 years, so it helps us reconnect, recharge, and relax!