“ I really enjoyed the time Dr. Berger always spent with me ensuring I was living a healthy lifestyle. She not only cared about what she was responsible for on my body but for my well being as a person as well. I’ll always see her as not only more doctor but my mentor as well. Her kindness and generosity to me has fueled my passion to do the same for others when I get older.”
This note has a special place on my bedside table because it reminds me of my mission every day when I awake. At West Plano Pediatrics, we take care of your children from birth until college. We answer a lot of questions and we ask a lot of questions. The questions start out easy like how many hours of sleep does your child get, how much milk does he drink and evolve to “Are your friends drinking alcohol or How often do you feel sad?”
I am on the board of The Family Place and the medical director of their clinic shelter. One of their dynamic programs is the Be Project which may already be at your school. The Be project is a program of The Family Place whose aim is to empower youth to be part of the solution to end relationship violence- including bullying, sexual & teen dating violence – and build healthy relationships. From their site:
MOST PARENTS HAVE NOT SPOKEN WITH THEIR CHILDREN ABOUT BULLYING AND DATING VIOLENCE. AND RESEARCH TELLS US THAT OFTEN PARENTS ARE THE LAST TO KNOW WHEN THEIR CHILDREN ARE FACED WITH THESE ISSUES. SO HOW CAN PARENTS GET INVOLVED? IT BEGINS WITH STARTING THE CONVERSATION.
BULLYING – TEEN DATING VIOLENCE – CYBERBULLYING