Parenting is one of the greatest joys in life, but it can also be the most terrifying. Our children- whether they are biological, adopted or foster children- are like extensions of ourselves in many good ways. When they hurt, we hurt. When they are happy, we are happy. At the end of our lives, we parents want to look back and count on one hand a few good accomplishments. At the top of the list is having raised good people.
But there are many obstacles in our way, and the first is the culture in which we live. It is neither parent friendly nor child friendly. The media influences them in negative ways, classmates can hurt them, and some ill-intentioned adults lurk in the shadows to lure them toward bad things. For us, the world can be a frightening place. That’s why we must learn what to watch out for and how to help our children navigate this tough world. And we can do this. We can help them avoid accumulating scars and, in fact, fare very well. It is my joy to encourage you as you help the children you love so dearly stay on the right, but narrow path.
I’m Meg Meeker, MD. Like you, I’ve known the frustration of arguing with kids, and worrying about whether or not they’ll turn out to be great adults. So whatever you’re feeling today, I’ve been there.
As a pediatrician of over 30 years, I’ve listened to thousands of kids, and watched them grow up. As a mother (of four grown adults, who are now my very best friends) and as a grandmother, I know exactly what it takes to raise great kids. There's a lot of parenting advice out there, and I can say that a whole lot of it is bad. It isn’t based on medical, psychological, or time tested truth. My advice is. And that matters.
The most important thing I’ve learned about my work is this: the best thing I can do to help your kids, is to help you. And I know I can do that.