Dr. Meg on Parenting


  • See It, Do It, Teach it

    By Dr. Meg Meeker

    Allow me to let you in on a frightening secret about physicians. While we are in residency training to be specialists, we work horrific hours. A typical week includes eighty to ninety hours of work in the hospital, often more. Under pressure, we learn to do procedures quickly.

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  • Humility Makes Her Feel Significant

    By Dr. Meg Meeker

    I know it sounds like an oxymoron to say that humility will make your daughter feel more significant, but here’s why it’s true. To fulfill her potential, your daughter needs to understand who she is, where she comes from, and where she’s going. And her understanding needs to be accurate.

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  • Being A Hero To Your Daughter

    By Dr. Meg Meeker

    One of the toughest aspects of being a hero to your daughter is not just deciding what is good and right for her, but also keeping her on track. Fathers can demand tremendous discipline from themselves, but they can find it much harder to stand firm with their children. Fathers get tired. Daughters can become defiant, manipulative, and wear their fathers down. This is where perseverance comes in.

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  • Keeping First Things First

    By Dr. Meg Meeker

    Boys need strong relationships with their parents. Period. Every boy, without exception, wants a better relationship with his mother and his father because his physical and emotional survival depends on you.

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  • Adrian Peterson and Spanking

    By Dr. Meg Meeker

    Once again media reporters have successfully extracted information from one story and created a completely unrelated narrative for one reason: to pit one group of parents against another. Sorry, but I won’t bite.

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  • I Have a Very Anxious Little Boy

    By Dr. Meg Meeker

    I have a three and a half year old son who is a very anxious little boy. It seems to be getting progressively worse...he is now biting his nails non-stop and having a hard time functioning in any new situation. When he is in his routine with family he is just fine and thrives. When we are in new social situations he has severe anxiety.

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  • Emancipation and Adolescence

    By Dr. Meg Meeker

    An important part of adolescence is separating from one’s parents, in a process called emancipation. Teens usually embark upon this around puberty, beginning with baby steps (driving, getting a job, developing their own opinions) and ending with the giant leap into college or on to other adult endeavors.

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  • Is Your Child Depressed?

    By Dr. Meg Meeker

    The tragic death of Robin Williams unnerved many Americans. Sure, we are sad to lose a talented man but on a deeper level, those who have loved ones struggling with sadness, irritability or who are just “not themselves” have wondered if those loved ones have depression. We are frightened because we don’t want to miss any cry for help from one who is struggling because depression is a very serious illness.

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  • Depression – The Emotional STD

    By Dr. Meg Meeker

    As a doctor, I can probe, culture, prescribe antibiotics, and aggressively treat and track contagious STDs. But depression is different. It’s more elusive, yet equally, if not more, dangerous. It can come and go, or it can settle in, making itself so comfortable in an adolescent’s psyche that it’s nearly impossible to extricate. There, just as many STDs do, depression causes permanent damage that may not become apparent for years. To many teenagers, depression can make them feel as though another entity has moved into their body, taking over everything they think, feel, and do.

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  • Dad Says Good-Bye for a While

    By Dr. Meg Meeker

    So you think you know the NFL? Think again. There are great dads in the league but you won’ t hear about them because they don’t leave scandals that titillate reporters looking for juicy stories to boost their careers. My buddy Benjamin Watson (below) sent me this photo as he was leaving for training to start the new season. He left his beautiful babies through tears and anguish, worrying what cost their dad’s separation might have for them.

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  • More than good milk

    By Dr. Meg Meeker

    Controversy and intense emotions surround breast feeding. Mothers who breast feed successfully enjoy satisfaction that they are promoting good nutrition and bonding with their babies. Other mothers, however, struggle with breast feeding and feel guilty if they offer a bottle. This should not be. Breast milk is best for babies but we need to keep nutrition and feeding practices in a healthy perspective and recognize that babies are born into a world which is larger than just their mothers.

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  • Teach Her Humility

    By Dr. Meg Meeker

    I know it sounds like an oxymoron to say that humility will make your daughter feel more significant, but here’s why it’s true. To fulfill her potential, your daughter needs to understand who she is, where she comes from, and where she’s going. And her understanding needs to be accurate.

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  • Dads- Be a Leader

    By Dr. Meg Meeker

    Dads, when your daughter is born, she recognizes your voice as deeper than her mother’s. As a toddler, she looks up at your enormous frame and realizes that you are big, smart, and tough. In her grade school years, she instinctively turns to you for direction.-

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  • Kids, Sex and Madness from Planned Parenthood

    By Dr. Meg Meeker

    When it comes to teaching kids about sex and sexuality, our culture is one messed up place. We have crushed any respect for modesty (a self preservation reaction) and we have normalized the bizarre.

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  • It’s Never Too Late

    By Dr. Meg Meeker

    An old saying often attributed to Joseph P. Kennedy (father of John F. Kennedy) is a truism for all moms out there, "When the going gets tough, the tough get going." As mothers, it will get tough raising an adolescent boy into a man. However, our fortitude and determination through the tough times is worth it.

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  • Don't Be Afraid to Let Him Go (a little)

    By Dr. Meg Meeker

    Whether we are single, married, have eight children or one, the truth is that watching our children grow up and “away” from us is tough. But we must learn to gently let go of our sons in healthy ways as they mature. If we keep our eyes open to the process, we can handle it much more carefully and stand a better chance of having it go smoothly. To do this, remember a few things.

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  • A Mom’s Touch On A Boy’s Heart

    By Dr. Meg Meeker

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  • Prestigious Award Given for New Autism Treatment

    By Dr. Meg Meeker

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  • Parents - Are You a Yeller?

    By Dr. Meg Meeker

    As parents, we must be relentlessly intentional in our pursuit to teach our kids how to communicate. This begins with our hearts and quickly transitions to our tongues. What are we teaching our kids when we yell at them?

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  • Four Lessons and a Butterfly

    By Meg Meeker, M.D.

    Yesterday my sweet sister-in-law beamed into heaven. I was compelled to write because, as I told her many times over the past ten years, she was my hero. Here’s why. She rarely complained. Really. She suffered through a divorce, breast …

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Pediatrician, mother and best-selling author of six books, Dr. Meg Meeker is the country’s leading authority on parenting, teens and children’s health.

Dr. Meg writes with the know-how of a pediatrician and the big heart of a mother because she has spent the last 25 years practicing pediatric and adolescent medicine while also helping parents and teens to communicate more deeply about difficult topics such as sex, STDs and teen pregnancy. Her work with countless families over the years served as the inspiration behind her new groundbreaking book, The Ten Habits of Happy Mothers, Reclaiming Our Passion, Purpose and Sanity out from Ballantine Books.

Dr. Meg’s popularity as a speaker on key issues confronting American families has created a strong following on her blogs for Psychology Today. She has also spoken nationally on teen health issues, including personal appearances on numerous nationally syndicated radio and television programs. Additionally, Dr. Meg lends her voice to regular features in Physician Magazine and Psychologies (UK) and was a contributor to QUESTIONS KIDS ASK ABOUT SEX: Honest Answers for Every Age, The Complete Book of Baby and Child Care (Tyndale House Publishers) and High School Science text, Holt-Rhinehart and Winston, 2004.

Dr. Meg is presently re-certifying with the American Board of Pediatrics and is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics as well as the National Advisory Board of the Medical Institute, Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics and Human Development at Michigan State University; Munson Hospital Family Practice Residency Training Program 1998-present.

Dr. Meeker lives and works in Traverse City, MI where she shares a medical practice with her husband, Walter. They have four grown children.