It Takes a Village To Raise a Parent

Parenting. It's fun. It's challenging. It crosses racial and ethnic and socioeconomic barriers. Oh, and once you have "it" figured out, everything changes. While it certainly takes a village to raise a child, this podcast focuses on the parent. We hope to learn from other parents while giving you, the listener, some actionable tips to help you become a better parent. Note: This podcast is sponsored by gDiapers. Learn more at
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May 30, 2017

Today’s guest, Mercedes Kwiatkowski, is a triple board-certified physician: She is a pediatrician, and most of what she does pertains to child psychiatry. In addition, she’s a blogger, a mom of two young children, and a wife. Today’s episode focuses on being a parent and also being a child psychiatrist.

Some of the highlights of the show include:

  • Some ways that Mercedes relates her experience in child psychiatry to her parenting, and vice-versa.
  • Mercedes’s thoughts on some of the differences between boys and girls and the stereotypes that pertain to each gender.
  • How being a parent has changed the work-life balance for a family with two busy physicians.
  • How Mercedes controls her stress and calms down after a tough day at work before she gets home.
  • Thoughts on how parental stress lends to childhood stress and anxiety.
  • How the overuse of technology lends to screen addiction and anxiety, as well as tips on how to curb this.
  • The stigma of mental health issues and how talking about it and knowing what to do with kids and adults who are struggling can help. Also, thoughts on finding a balance between honesty and being strong when parents struggle with their own anxiety.