- Marilyn Heins, a pediatrician, mother, stepmother and grandmother, explains how she felt during her parenting days and what she has learned about parenting over the years. She wants to help others learn from her parenting mistakes.
- Marilyn Heins recognizes that, despite being already a board-certified pediatrician when her kids came along, ignorance was the main cause of her parenting errors. She was ignorant about child development and behavior and about the techniques of successful parenting. The good news, she says, is that parenting skills can be taught - and learned. This is what she would do differently if she had to do it all over again:
1) I would learn about child behavior and development .
2) I would look within, and learn to recognize what it feels like to be at the end of my rope.
3) I would take time to think.
4) I would concentrate on enjoying parenting.
5) I would slow down the pace of family life.
6) Finally I would perfect the art of thinking like a child, but acting like a grownup.
Marilyn Heins, M.D.