Taking Care of Little Ones Together
February 10, 2017
“I think the most important thing about being a pediatrician is making sure that parents absolutely understand what you're talking about and making sure parents are in agreement with it. We're all taking care of little ones together,” Dr. Marjan Linnell says, pediatrics physician at ARC Kyle Plum Creek.
Working with You
When your child is sick, it can be a stressful time for you and your family. Dr. Linnell knows this first hand as a pediatrician and mom to her growing toddler.
“I know how stressful it is as a mom myself when your kids are sick. Being able to work with families to get them through that really scary time or those multiple really scary times, and get to that end goal together, is really fun,” Dr. Linnell says.
Once children regain their health after being sick, “my favorite thing about being a pediatrician is watching kids grow,” Dr. Linnell says.
Helping Since Childhood
As a child, Dr. Linnell wanted to help kids. At an early age she donated to children’s charities by baking muffins and other foods, giving toys, etc. Once she was old enough, Dr. Linnell volunteered at the Austin Children’s Shelter where served as their volunteer coordinator throughout high school and college.
“In high school, I also volunteered in the children’s wing of the Brackenridge Hospital before Dell Children’s Hospital existed,” she remembers. “And I think that solidified it for me.”
Her parents remember it a bit differently, “my parents say starting in probably fourth grade I was very specific and always said I want to be a pediatrician.”
Eating With Mom and Dad
Dr. Linnell’s advice to you is to make family dinners a priority.
“Family dinner as often as you can do it, every night in a perfect world, is so important. Just taking a little time to sit down, eat, and check in,” she says.
This gives you and your family members the time to connect and talk about each other’s day. Studies show that consistent family dinners for young children show a decrease in the chance of drug use in their teenage years. It also contributes to a decrease in other behavioral and substance issues as your child grows older.
In her home, Dr. Linnell couples nightly dinners with the ‘dinner question’: what was your favorite part of the day? Her toddler answers the same every night, “eating with Mom and Dad.”
Meet Dr. Linnell
Watch Dr. Marjan Linnell’s video biography to learn more about how she partners with you to care for your child.
If you would like an appointment with Dr. Marjan Linnell or you want to meet her:
- Attend a Meet & Greet
Meet Dr. Linnell at the ARC Kyle Plum Creek Meet & Greet each month. For dates and to RSVP, call 512-295-1333 or e-mail us your name and the date you will need a pediatrician. Please put “ARC Kyle Plum Creek meet and greet” in the subject line.