House Rules

House Rules

I was busy seeing patients in the office last Monday when Sonia Azad from channel 8 news called my office to see if Dr Hubbard, a regular contributor to WFAA, could offer some advice regarding how her own children are preparing for the upcoming school year-what sports will they play? How will she help them balance rigorous academic demands with those of competitive team sports? Even though I’m sure Dr Hubbard has wisdom to share on the matter, she thought the issue would be best addssed by a pediatrician’ mom with kids at home! So this is how I ended up on channel 8 news last week. I answered Sonia’s questions in real time – no chance to prep prior to our discussion, but since we met and spoke on the matter I’ve had some more time to think on the conversation. I struggle with work-life balance daily, and so do our kids – more now than ever.

What can help our kids manage this quandary – how do they excel, or even survive, multiple st…

Where is Chloe?

Where is Chloe?

Every parent knows this moment… an instant passes, you divert your attention and your child is suddenly not in sight. Thankfully, these moments are generally rare and end happily with our little one snuggled in for a hug (likely after a stern reprimand) and a silent or audible prayer of thanks. Last Friday night, at our son’s schools homecoming football game, we lost our littlest. She didn’t know she was lost of course, she was gallivanting around the stadium with a couple 4th grade girls she’d latched onto–little girls that were going out of their way to include her and even took her across the stadium to the snack bar to get a Gatorade. Police were present, the place was literally packed with families and I think as safe as any public place can be, but my stomach filled with fear and dread in those moments when I couldn’t locate her. The “what ifs” were unbearable. So, how do we raise independent children in a world that we often fe…