“The best thing a father can do for his children is love their mother.” I’m sure most of you have come across this quote at one time or another, and with this Sunday being Mother’s Day, it bears repeating. As I was ruminating on those words today, however, a medical corollary came to mind: “The best thing a pediatrician can do for their patient is listen to the mother.” As I considered the likely barrage of strongly worded emails from members of The Papa Tribe Chicago community, I took the idea to its truest conclusion:
“The best thing a pediatrician can do for their patient is listen to the parent.”
Without parents and caregivers, being a pediatrician would be next to impossible. Well, technically, without parents we wouldn’t have patients, but that’s beside the point. When your child is sick, we look to you to provide every tedious detail of the illness. When your child is in for a well visit, we expect you to know everything your child can and cannot do so we can assess their development. At the same time, we trust you to bring something to our attention when it doesn’t feel right. To understate the point, being a good parent isn’t easy.
The truth is, we love our jobs. There’s nothing more satisfying than keeping your kids happy and healthy. And so, in the spirit of Mother’s Day, thank you Moms (and Dads) for helping us do our jobs well!
Happy Mother’s Day!