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Laura Katz, DO

Dr. Katz is a mom of two children and a specialist in Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics with Boston Children’s Health Physicians.

What is your favorite parenting tip?

Be consistent! Whatever rules you implement, stick to them, and follow through.

How do you get your family to eat healthy food? 

Incorporate it in the routine from early on. We always try to have a veggie/fruit on the plate with the meal. Lately my son enjoys dipping veggies in a light ranch dressing, which got him started eating more carrots and celery. Also, rather than asking an open-ended ‘What do you want for a snack?’ I offer choices for what he can have.

How do you get your family to exercise?

If being healthy is important to myself and my husband, I hope we will pass on that value to our kids by setting the example. From infancy, we were walking the baby in the stroller, then jogging with the toddler in the mini jogger, then walking while he rode his tricycle and now bicycle, etc. Also, usually when we suggest an outdoor activity to do together, our kids are happy to have that individualized special time or family time, whatever the activity.

What do you do to recharge your own batteries?

I just had a baby so finding time to do this is a challenge! Finding an hour here and there to go to the gym or go to the library or get a pedicure is ideal but doesn’t happen every day.  That 9-10 p.m. hour when the kids are in bed, the lunches are packed and sink is cleared, I can veg on the couch with my husband. It’s so important and something I can look forward to at the end of a long day/night.  I also love getting in bed on time and being able to read my book for 10 minutes before I fall asleep. It’s so quiet, dark, and peaceful in the house and helps my body wind down.


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