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June 2014

Wearing Different Hats

Author Affiliations
  • 1Division of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery, Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, Baltimore, Maryland
  • 2Editor, JAMA Surgery
JAMA Surg. 2014;149(6):503. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2013.5146

One never knows what effect we have on our children. We try to set a good example as professionals and responsible citizens. We try to be there as much as possible despite our busy schedules and, frequently, we succeed.1-3

I was always worried that my son, Taylor, would feel that he was odd—that other mothers would be around and I would not. Most times he seemed okay—however, I worried a lot. When he was in first grade, he did tell me one evening when I tucked him into bed that he was not getting “enough care.” I was devastated but continued to ask a few more questions, and it turned out that all the other mothers had brought in snacks and I had not. Therefore, care in this instance equated to snacks and I could fix that.