Cheryl Wu, MD
Dr. Wu is a mom of a four-year-old son, a pediatrician at LaGuardia Place Pediatrics in New York City, and a pediatric emergency department physician at the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital of Hackensack University Medical Center in New Jersey.
What’s your favorite parenting tip? For the pediatrician moms and myself: (it came from a male pediatrician!): to throw everything you know about pediatrics out the window. For the non-pediatrician moms: the right answer is the one that works for your child and you – so try as many different things as you can until you get to that one right answer.
What has surprised you most about parenting? How much I love complaining about it: to the non-parent, it might seem like all I do is vent about having a child, but to the parents of similarly “spirited”, crazy and fun children, they totally get how exasperated I constantly feel and how much I love every minute of it! Oh, and how much I can’t wait to become a grandma— so I get to do all the delicious “bad” things that I’m not allowed to do with my kid: give him candy, let him stay up as late as possible, tell him “oh, you don’t have to eat your vegetables if you don’t want to,” buy him ridiculously expensive toys, and let him get away with murder just because he’s cute.
And one thing I realized is that the most important thing was figuring out how to do things that best suit my child’s personality and needs and my own. And to read all parenting tips with a grain of salt – and merely use them as inspiration to come up with creative ways to do things that work for my family!