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Dr. Mom speaks about balance

SUMMIT COUNTY – Dr. Marianne Neifert could have been the poster child for super women.In a time when women where pressured to “bring home the bacon, fry it up in a pan and never, ever let you forget you’re a man,” Neifert added having five children while she was earning her medical degree to the list.”I was enthralled with the glamour of it all, but I was also choking on it at the same time and running as fast as I could,” Neifert said. “I was sleep deprived, had a to-do list that never ended, and didn’t take time for myself. And I was asking myself, ‘Why am I not savoring this as much as I should?'”She entered medical school in 1968 at age 20 after having a 5-month-old baby. At that time, a woman with children in medical school was almost unheard of. It took her awhile, but in the last 37 years she has gained and honed 10 insights to help herself, and others, harmonize their lives.”It came out of my own personal pain in trying to balance all of the opportunities for women that sometimes get translated into a whole new set of expectations,” she said.She graduated from the University of Hawaii and the University of Colorado School of Medicine and recently earned a master of theological studies from Iliff School of Theology in Denver. A clinical professor of pediatrics at University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, she has written “Dr. Mom” and other child-rearing books as well as talked on national television programs and written for popular magazines. She talks about balancing life from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday at the Keystone Conference Center.

One of the important ideas Neifert will stress is understanding the sources of overload and acknowledging the cost of them. She’ll also spend a large chunk of time helping women set priorities. She explains that as women say “yes” to good things, they may crowd out time to say “yes” to the best things.Her main goal in her workshops is to prevent people from looking back on their lives and realize they’ve been out of synch with what they value most -which usually involves connection with others.She gives women tools to create a mission statement for their lives as well as find ways to simplify life and find time to nurture themselves.”We like to give, not take, but we need to nurture others from our own emotional overflow,” she said. “I think women today need to think about what role models they’re being so we don’t get another generation of martyr-women.”Lucinda Burns said Early Childhood Options chose Neifert because the topic of balancing work and home life is particularly relevant for Summit County. Summit has one of the highest percentages of working parents (at 82 percent) and the highest percentage of working women in the nation at 81 percent.

Kimberly Nicoletti can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 245, or at knicoletti@summitdaily.com.Listen to Dr. MomWhat: A luncheon with Dr. Marianne Neifert and talk on finding balance in your lifeWhen: 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. FridayWhere: Keystone Conference Center



Cost: $35 per person or $300 for a table of 10Call: (970) 513-1170, ext. 307 or download a registration form at http://www.earlychildhoodoptions.org.What else: Parenting workshop with Dr. Neifert focusing on discipline and self esteemWhen: 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, followed by a separate talk on problems associated with breastfeeding from 1-3 p.m.; both are open to the public Cost: FreeWhere: Community and Senior Center near FriscoCall: (970) 668-2875


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