The Doctors' Motherhood Survival Club
Model, TV personality, Co-CEO of ModernMom.com and mother of four Brooke Burke joins The Doctors to create the The Doctors' Motherhood Survival Club , an online community on TheDoctorsTV.com where moms can connect, vent, ask questions, share tips and more!
Motherhood Survival Tips The Doctors' mommy correspondent, Brooke Burke, answers questions about your young ones.
What's your biggest struggle with your baby or toddler? What techniques do you use to solve problems with your kids? Share your struggles and advice in The Doctors' Motherhood Survival Club!
Brooke's Daddy House Call Gino, 42, is a stay-at-home dad who takes care of his two daughters, Gwen, 5, and Delaney, 2, while his wife, Lisa, goes to work outside of the home. Co-CEO of ModernMom.com and The Doctors' mommy correspondent Brooke Burke pays Gino a house call to lend a hand with everything from organization and cleaning to play dates and nutrition tips!
Better Parenting: Stay Organized
Kathy has three children who go to three different schools that start at the same time. She asks Brooke, a mother of four, how to be better organized and get the morning off to a smooth start.
"I totally understand your position," Brooke says. "And that's what it's all about, being organized. With multiple children, I cannot run my life, not even on my phone calendar, without a really great paper calendar.
"What I do, because I have kids in different schools, too, is I sync the school calendar with [the paper] calendar," she adds.
Brooke uses a sticker system that places different stickers on the calendar for different events, such as doctor's appointments, play dates and days off. "Everything that's going on in the kids' lives related to school is on this calendar," she says. "And without it, I'm in big trouble."
In addition to her own calendar, Brooke uses a colorful paper calendar for her kids, so they know what is on the schedule every day. Other tips for an easier morning include setting the breakfast table and making lunches the night before.
"I take breakfast orders at night so I know what everybody wants, and we're not making decisions with cranky kids in the morning," Brooke says. "I'll pack a really healthy snack drawer so everybody can pick [snacks] out and help mom out a little bit.
"Everybody pitch in a little bit," she adds. "All those little things make a really big difference. You've got to count on your kids a little bit to help you out."
Weaning Kids from the Bottle and Pacifier
Brooke Burke and pediatrician Dr. Jim Sears offer advice on when and how to wean your child off the bottle and pacifier.
Brooke reveals how she lost her baby belly after pregnancy and got great abs!
Mommy 411Brooke visits a Mommy and Me group to find out some of the biggest issues moms are struggling with.
"It was really fun," Brooke says. "And as chaotic as that looked, it was nice to get into an environment with moms where nobody was judging anybody. Because we all have that one mommy friend who tells you exactly how to do it and convinces you that her way is the only way. For me, what I always preach to everybody in my business is that you've got to find your own way and figure out what works for you. There are so many things that women want to know and they are too embarrassed to talk about it, or they're too afraid of what the other moms are going to say to them."
Brooke Burke's kitchen tips for moms.
More Motherhood Survival Club Guests
Mel B., recording artist and star of her own reality show Mel. B. It’s a Scary World, Dr. Cara Natterson pediatrician and author of Worry Proof, and Entertainment Tonight host Samantha Harris join OB/GYN Dr. Lisa Masterson in The Doctors Motherhood Survival Club.
Florence Henderson, mother of four and grandmother of five, best known as Carol Brady from The Brady Bunch, and Alison Sweeney, host of The Biggest Loser, author of The Mommy Diet and mother of two join The Doctors' Motherhood Survival Club!
The Mommy DietAlison's new book,
The Mommy Diet: A Month-By-Month Plan for a Healthy Body and Mind Before, During and After Pregnancy, is a great resource for staying healthy, whether you're a new mom, mom-to-be or mom on the go!
Alison has a 2-year-old daughter and a 6-year-old son, and says she learned a lot about staying healthy after her first pregnancy.
"I learned so much from my first experience about how to attack it, how to deal with it the second time," she says. "I gained less weight with my second pregnancy. Obviously, the knowledge that I learned at The Biggest Loser helped a lot ... I was able to lose the weight a lot quicker the second time, and I developed a better attitude about it with the second pregnancy, which is not to try to get back what I had before, but to be the best and healthiest me I can be today.
"The premise of The Mommy Diet is that you need to take that time for you," Alison adds. "If your kid is 2 or 20, it's still applicable. It still helps you, because you need to make that time for yourself. You can be a good role model for your kids by taking that time and emphasizing your own health."
The book is divided by trimester, and Alison shares simple tips for maintaining your health during each phase.
First Trimester: Eat a Folate-Filled SaladThe salad is easy to make and a good way to get lots of nutrients, including extra folate, into your diet.
2 cups raw spinach leaves (100 micrograms folate)
2 tbsp orange juice (10 micrograms folate)
1 tsp olive oil
1 cup whole strawberries, hulled and chopped (36 micrograms folate)
Toss the spinach leaves with the juice, oil, salt and pepper so the leaves are all lightly coated. Add the strawberries, toss gently and serve.
"This would be great before the first trimester, when you're trying to get pregnant," OB/GYN Dr. Lisa Masterson says.
Second Trimester: ExerciseExercising is vital to staying healthy during and after pregnancy. Alison and Dr. Lisa demonstrate simple exercise tips for pregnant women.
Third Trimester: Rekindle RomanceAlison stresses that keeping the romance alive during pregnancy is important to your relationship. So don't be shy and keep the passion high!
Dr. Roshini Raj, Health Magazine medical editor and author of the book, What the Yuck?: The Freaky and Fabulous Truth about Your Body, and talk show host Wendy Williams join OB/GYN Dr. Lisa Masterson to discuss if it's OK to tell "little Mommy lies" to your children, whether to share with your spouse how many sexual partners you've had and public bathroom etiquette.
Actress Vanessa Marcil-Giovinazzo, comedian Niecy Nash and breast specialist Dr. Kristi Funk discuss common issues moms deal with.
Mommy Beauty Secrets• Dr. Lisa says her Ugg boots are her secret to giving her feet a break.
• Dr. Raj says she uses hemorrhoid cream under her eyes to reduce puffiness. • Wendy demonstrates her beauty secret for disguising thinning hair.
More beauty tips.
OB/GYN Dr. Lisa Masterson is joined by new mom and natural food chef Bethenny Frankel, pediatrician Dr. Ari Brown, journalist and mommy blogger Rene Syler, and the newest featured Motherhood Survival Club, the Organically Sassy Mamas, from San Diego, California!
Leah Remini, actress and co-host of the new show The Talk, and Dr. Jennifer Berman, urologist and female sexual health expert, and OB/GYN Dr. Lisa Masterson discuss their candid opinions about sex, mothers who spy on their kids and more!
Talking Health with Sesame Street!
The hit children's TV show
is celebrating its 40th anniversary, and characters Zoe and Oscar the Grouch join The Doctors to answer kids' most pressing health questions!
• How can you make medicine taste better?
Pediatrician Dr. Jim Sears, Zoe and Oscar share tips to help your kids to take their medicine without a fuss. • Why do boogers form?
E.R. physician Dr. Travis Stork explains what causes mucus build-up in the nose and tells your kids the proper way to remove it.
Are cookies a good snack?
Dr. Sears and Dr. Travis demonstrate how to get kids to eat healthily. • Does ballet count as exercise?
Zoe explains that dancing is a great exercise for kids and then shows off her moves with the Silly, Willy, Nilly dance. Try it with your kids!
Marcus, 4, is scared to go to the doctor. Dr. Sears and Prairie Dawn show Marcus that visiting the doctor can be fun!