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Catherine Saxbe, MD

Dr. Saxbe is a mom of three, a board-certified child psychiatrist who works as a psychiatrist in the US State Department, at embassies abroad, and counsels families on raising expat, third culture kids, as well as supporting the usual parenting challenges. Prior to her current position, she was a Staff Counselor at a UN organization and gave multiple workshops on Raising Toddlers to the professionals at the World Food Programme and the Food and Agriculture Organization.


Special Teams

Dr. Saxbe is interested in:

  • Mothering with the Mommy MD Guides syndicated newspaper column contributor
  • Media interviews
  • Speaking engagements
  • SpokesDoctor opportunities
An Interview with Dr. Saxbe

What’s your specialty? I’m a psychiatrist, ABPN board certified in child & adolescent and adult psychiatry. I especially enjoy working with families and parents on strengthening relationships.

What’s your favorite parenting tip? There are no short cuts to building self-worth in a child. They thrive on receiving our loving attention. This isn’t something we can give all of the time, but watching them do things, displaying sincere curiosity about their ideas and thoughts and showing them we enjoy being together are key to raising children who thrive and develop resilience. Smartphones have damaged relationships because they can be a never-ending distraction. Put them away or turn them off when you give kids your time and attention.

What has surprised you most about parenting? Children come into this world as unique individuals, from the very first breath. Nurturing is essential to feel secure in the world and strive toward our aspirations with confidence, but a baby and child’s own intrinsic nature must be respected. I have three children who’ve been raised in the same environment by the same parents and they have vastly different temperaments, characters, senses of humor, and approaches to problem-solving. Those traits are theirs, not learned behaviors or reflections of the parents. It is tempting to want to mold them to our preferences, but not advisable. Manners, self-control, values, and structure can be taught through authentic modeling, while still respecting and not seeking to change the character of our children.

How do you get your kids to eat healthy food? By not having the option of junk food in the house. If the kids don’t like what’s prepared, they can have a bowl of oatmeal.

How do you work exercise into your family’s life?  I’ve never been able to love exercise for its own sake. We ride bikes, go for walks, and have dance parties in the living room. My son is an avid soccer player and would do that 24 hours a day if given the chance. We also have a trampoline which is great for kids and adults.

How do you recharge your batteries? I like to read, watch old movies, and listen to comedy podcasts.

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