Ruth Williams, MD
Dr. Williams is a mom of twins—a boy and a girl—and another boy, and an ophthalmologist in private practice at the Wheaton Eye Clinic in Wheaton, IL, who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of glaucoma. www.GetEyeSmart.org
How many children do you have? I have girl-boy twins who are 14 and another boy who’s 11.
What’s your specialty? I’m an ophthalmologist, and I specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of glaucoma.
What’s your favorite parenting tip? I remember when my kids were little I’d sit on the sofa thinking it’s 5:50. They go to bed at 6:30. That’s a hundred years from now. I was so tired.
It is hard, but treasure those years. They go by so quickly. As many days as you can, wake up and think: I am going to treasure this day with my child.
What has surprised you most about parenting? How hard it is. Women physicians tend to be very organized, goal-oriented, capable women. But being a parent is very organic. You can’t read a book and know how to do it. You have to figure it out as you go.
How do you get your kids to eat healthy food? I do not buy pop or chips. I don’t fuss if my children drink pop or eat chips with their friends. Also, at each meal I offer several choices of fruits and vegetables instead of one of each. With more choices, I find my kids eat more of them. The other day, my daughter cooked and ate an artichoke! Another rule in my house is after Halloween, they can eat all the candy they want for three days. Then it all goes in the trash.
How do you work exercise into your family’s life? My kids aren’t into sports; they’re musicians. To exercise, we take family hikes usually once a week. I encourage my kids to do natural outdoor activities like walking and hiking that they can take with them into adulthood.
I run. I didn’t until I was in my forties, and I was feeling middle-aged and tired and crabby. I started running, and I had so much fun. I ran six marathons, including the Boston Marathon. I run two to five mornings each week with a friend.
How do you recharge your batteries? I like to read, and I carry a book in my purse wherever I go.