Meredith is a transplant to the Bay Area and has fallen in love with the weather, gorgeous scenery, and plethora of local wineries. A wife and mother of two, she works part-time as a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist. She hails from Texas, where she attended the University of Texas and will always bleed orange. She then moved to Washington DC to attend Georgetown's School of Medicine, where she fell in love with her future husband, a fellow student, and has been happily married for almost a decade. She and her husband lived in Cincinnati, Ohio for several years for their medical training and found it the perfect place to start a family. She relocated to the Bay Area a few years ago and has quickly adapted to West Coast living. Meredith enjoys the balance of part-time working and full-time parenting and loves to write about this ongoing struggle. In her persistent drive to find more "me time", she actively pursues her interests in reading, running, soccer, baking, and wine tasting.
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What to Do When All Your Friends Are Skiing in Tahoe

My husband and I are not native Californians, so it’s taken us a few years to fully grasp what we refer to as the “Tahoe Migration”. Every winter, the majority of our friends disappear...
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The New Meaning of Valentine’s Day

After doing some very informal research on Valentine’s Day, I noticed that the word “martyr” kept popping up. According to Wikipedia, the original Valentines were the Valentine of Rome and the Valentine of Terni,...

Coping With My Child’s Worry

The other night, my five-year-old daughter was clingier than usual. As we snuggled at bedtime, she asked in a heartbreakingly sad voice, “What would happen to me if you and Daddy died? Who would...
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A Somewhat Healthy, Very Delicious Pumpkin Bread Recipe

There is literally nothing that makes me happier than the smell of pumpkin bread baking in the oven. It reminds me of crisp Fall days from my childhood, the changing of colors on the...
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The Magical Power of the Sleep Pass to Keep Your Kids in Bed All...

Maybe your kids slept well as infants or maybe they didn’t, but if you're like every other parent I know, once your child hit the age of two or three—essentially about the time when...

The Danger of Screen Time as a Coping Mechanism and What to Do Instead

Screen time has become one of the most hotly debated topics in our culture. While we all try to be idealistic, I think most parents at this point aren’t deciding IF their child has...

8 Changes You Can Make RIGHT NOW to Improve Your Sleep Quality

I recently read that 80 percent of our adult population reports difficulty sleeping.  80 percent! As a psychiatrist, this number is alarming, as I am well aware of the impact that sleep deprivation has on our...

Why I’m Protective of My Daughter’s Curls

It all started innocently enough. Pretty much since the day she sprouted them, people have been commenting on my daughter's beautiful, curly blonde hair. "She’s so cute! Where did she get her curls? How...
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The Danger of Shhhing Our Daughters

I recently listened to and loved the novel Girl Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis. She’s funny, enduring, poignant, and straight-up real.  One of the chapters in her book that really stuck with me was...

10 Signs I Am Human

In a world where everyone's striving to be perfect all the time, I've decided to embrace my flaws. Here are ten things I do on a regular basis that are definitely not something to...