Julie Miley Schlegel, MD, FAAP
Meet Dr. Julie Schlegel
Julie was raised in San Angelo, Texas, and now lives in Houston. She has a B.A. degree in English from Baylor University and an M.D. from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School at Dallas. She completed a residency in pediatrics at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston in 2005.
Somewhere along the way, she also became a wife and mother of three. In the early years of parenthood, the desire to write was only burning embers, smothered by the daily grind of working, raising the children, and trying to stay sane.
Now, as the kids have gotten older, the fire to write is burning once more. The process of writing helps Julie organize her thoughts and make sense of the world. She is fascinated with parenting and hopes by sharing her observations, other parents out there might not feel so alone. There are as many days she is a great parent as a terrible one, but most days, she is an adequate parent to three pretty good kids.
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Holding Two Emotions: Steps for emotional healing include learning to have space for opposing emotions.
When I was Nine: Trigger warning (victims of school shootings). My heart goes out to the 9-year-olds lost this week, and to all victims of violence.
Blessed with Berries: When my path crosses with others, sometimes it takes so little to do so much.
A Blooming Accomplishment: My orchids are reblooming as I write my 100th article and kids celebrate the 100th day of school.
Dig Deep, and I Mean Deep: Sometimes it’s harder to trust the parenting roots than to plant them.
I Felt Alive: Part of staying sane in parenthood is remembering how it felt to be in the developmental stage they are in.
Thanksgiving: Whatever you serve, I wish you peace and gratitude.
Brave Like Spider Man: Costumes, characters and stories give important life lessons to our kids.
Carry the bag: Having our kids handle what they can is an important life skill
Open House: Investing in education is vital for a brighter, healthier next generation.
The Roads We Take: One of the biggest challenges in parenting is sending our kids down a road we didn’t choose for them.
The Hard Things: Sometimes the best thing for our kid’s growth is the hardest thing for us.
Love One Another: It’s a Simple Commandment. It doesn’t say “love one another only if they’re like you.”
Some days I dump emotional baggage on others, and some days I can handle receiving it
Red Panties: Help answer your four-year-old’s questions in a way that will make you proud of your teenager’s words.
When you’re the parent of a senior, you never know what will start the ugly cry
Packing for Disaster: It starts with a diaper bag and ends with a stocked minivan, but there comes a day we can’t pack all they need.
Happy Halloween: Enjoy the costumes and carnivals and trick-or-treating while they last
When the lessons you teach finally come to fruition on a field of sweaty teens
A COVID Experience: The best-case scenario is still pretty awful when you have young children.
Uncertainty: Supporting our kids when we don’t know what the future holds
Time to Worry: Helping our kids (and us) through anxiety-producing times.
The Opposite of Social Media Working in healthcare offers an appreciation of the authentic human journey.
Groupings: Changing the trajectory of hate and division, one child at a time.
Seasons of Parenting: finding comfort in nature as the children grow and family traditions change
Throwing Rocks: Each child is born into a different family, with parents in a unique stage of parenting development
Walk Away Know when to pull your kids closer, and know when to walk away.
You’re Not Raising Yourself (And that’s why parenting is so hard)
Whose Emotions Are Loudest? Remember that anxiety is contagious when you’re helping your child through a stressful situation.
Why getting vaccinated for COVID-19 brings up big emotions for health care workers
WONDER Don’t wish away the wonder years. Enjoy the magic while it lasts.
THANKSGIVING Let’s show our children what it means to be truly grateful for what matters most.
Peace Table: Give your children the tools they need to become peaceful citizens of the world.
Why Do I Care More? Conflict with my kids sometimes means I need to listen, rather than the other way around.
Self-Reliance: Teaching your children to do things for themselves is good for your kids and good for you.
Worth it: Your child's growth is the real result of the daily parenting battle
Adaptation: Learning to adapt in 2020 will build survival skills in your children.
Language of Emotions: teach your children to identify and sit with what they feel
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