Pediatricians Confess Their Worst Parenting Mistakes

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"We moved to the country and my oldest, who was 2 1/2, decided that when he needed to pee, he would do it outside. This worked fine until we were at BJ's Wholesale Club one day. While I was strapping his brother into the car, I saw him peeing on a tiny stick in an island of grass in the parking lot."
--Susanne Tanski, MD, pediatrician at Dartmouth Medical School, in Hanover, New Hampshire

"My first child cried all the time. My husband and I kept thinking, We're pediatricians; we should know how to deal with this. And our third ended up sleeping on the floor of our bedroom whenever he was scared, which was almost every night until he was about 8 years old."
--Joanne Cox, MD, pediatrician and director of the primary care center at Children's Hospital Boston

"My third child was 4 or 4 1/2. He walked into the living room carrying a gallon of milk, a cup, a lid, and a valve and said, 'Can you pour this for me?' That's when it dawned on me that he might not need the sippy cup anymore!"
--Laura Jana, MD, pediatrician in Omaha

Originally published in the October 2008 issue of American Baby magazine.

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