Welcome to Dr. Liz Online
We are all born with endless potential and have the ability to make huge contributions to the world, but often life’s circumstances and our view about ourselves get in the way. As a practicing pediatrician, I have had the opportunity to speak with thousands of young people and I have found that their view of the world and of themselves has a tremendous impact on their physical, emotional, and mental well being. Obesity, dependence on drugs and alcohol, anxiety, teen pregnancy, chronic headaches and abdominal pain are just a few issues that arise from low self esteem. Many of these issues are the result of tweens and teens not being heard, known, and appreciated for the difference they can make right now.
One of my favorite quotes is from John A. Taylor in Notes on an Unhurried Journey. It reads as follows: “When we adults think of children there is a simple truth that we ignore: childhood is not preparation for life; childhood is life. A child isn't getting ready to live; a child is living. No child will miss the zest and joy of living unless these are denied by adults who have convinced themselves that childhood is a period of preparation. How much heartache we would save ourselves if we would recognize children as partners with adults in the process of living, rather than always viewing them as apprentices. How much we could teach each other; we have the experience and they have the freshness. How full both our lives could be."
As adults we all get caught up in preparing our children so that they can have great lives but sometimes we lose sight of the fact that our youth want to be recognized right now for the contributions that they can make. We can and should prepare for the future but we have to acknowledge our youth in the present and be willing to hear what they have to say.
Welcome to the site. If you are a tween or teen, please use this site as a resource to allow you to maneuver the complexities of your life with confidence, power, and ease. If you are a parent, please use this site as a tool in having your child lead an amazing life.