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This week on MD for Moms, I interview Pediatrician, writer, consultant and parenting expert Dr. Cara Natterson about parenting a tween / teen going through puberty during a pandemic. Dr. Natterson is the best-selling author of multiple books, including the much-loved “Care and Keeping of You” series from American Girl, which has helped countless children as they transition through the sometimes difficult pre/pubescent years. She has also recently released “Decoding Boys,’ and has written “Guy Stuff, the Body Book for Boys,’ among many others. She is the go-to expert for all things related to tween and teen health and wellness, and shares what we can expect from a tween/teen during puberty, and how COVID19 is impacting this normal process.
Tweens and teens are inherently social beings and have a natural sense of invincibility, both of which have been taken away by COVID19. Kids of all ages are being told to stay away from friends and loved ones for everyone’s safety, but this runs against their natural instincts for socialization. Dr. Natterson suggests ways to support tweens and teens through this unprecedented time, and we explore the possible short and long term emotional and behavioral impacts the pandemic may have on kids.
Lastly, we also explore the safest options for school in the Fall – are pods the way to go? Does the value of socialization trump the risk of acquiring COVID19 such that parents should consider sending their kids to school in person if it is available, or is the risk too great? We explore these tough questions and more on this week’s MD for Moms.
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Learn more about my guest, Dr. Cara Natterson:
A graduate of Harvard College and Johns Hopkins Medical School, Cara trained in pediatrics at University of California at San Francisco. She began practicing medicine in her home town of Los Angeles, joining Tenth Street Pediatrics in Santa Monica where she cared for thousands of infants, children, and teenagers. Eight years later, Cara founded Worry Proof Consulting, a practice that gives parents time their primary doctors often don’t have to cover medical, behavioral, and parenting issues in depth. Cara also began traveling the country speaking to both kids and parents about taking ownership of their health and wellness. Whether in the office or on the stage, she has a unique ability to make cutting- edge research understandable, even entertaining.
Cara is as passionate about community-based programs and innovation as she is about health and wellness. She is the Chair of the Board of Starlight Children’s Foundation, a 30-year old charity that brings technology, entertainment, and joy to children in nearly every hospital in America. She is also on the Medical Board of Advisors for The Honest Company, serves as an Advisor to Zemcar and has held seats on the boards of Baby2Baby and The John Thomas Dye School.
But more than any of this, Cara’s greatest feat to date is parenting her teenage daughter and her tween-age son with her husband Paul, a beloved cardiologist in Los Angeles.