Claudia M. Gold, MD is a pediatrician and writer. She has practiced pediatrics for over 25 years, and now specializes in early childhood mental health. In the course of her clinical work, in combination with her studies of psychoanalysis and infant mental health, she came to recognize the tremendous power of listening in promoting health and resilience, and the way current models of health care often serve to silence children and families. She now seeks to bring these concepts to a broad audience through writing, teaching, and development of community programs focused on supporting parents and infants.
She currently works as a consultant at the Austen Riggs Center and offers parent-child consultations for ages 0-3 at Volunteers in Medicine Berkshires. She is the author of several books on applications of contemporary developmental science, written for both parents and professionals; The Developmental Science of Early Childhood (Norton 2017), The Silenced Child (Da Capo 2016) Keeping Your Child in Mind (Da Capo 2011) and, with Ed Tronick, PhD, of Out of Step ( Little, Brown, forthcoming.) She is on the faculty of the University of Massachusetts-Boston Infant-Parent Mental Health Program, the Berkshire Psychoanalytic Institute, and The Brazelton Institute.
My Goal of the Day: Feeling centered and focusing on what is possible.
My Thought of the Day: Gratitude for the richness of my life- both personal and professional
My Action of the Day: Writing
My Deed of the Day: Taking time to listen-to colleagues, patients, family members, friends
My Tip of the Day: I’m not a fan of “tips” as then tend to oversimplify a situation and undermine a person’s natural authority. When called upon to give one- which happens frequently- I say “trust yourself and make mistakes.”
My Pic of the Day:
A Day in My Life:
What do you love most about Your City?
I love the sense of intimacy and connection in my rural community. Two recent examples: on a morning hike I met the person who owns the restaurant we had reservations for that night. Our kids went to camp together many years ago. Another day I met a colleague in front of the dairy section at our local grocery store. We shared a brief conversation about the problem of suicide in young people in our community, which inspired my next blog post.
Favorite breakfast meal & restaurant?
Occasionally I do my morning writing session at our local coffee shop, Fuel, where they have terrific coffee and muffins. Usually I am at home where I have a bowl of cereal.
What are you doing at:
6:00 AM – Writing, with my beagle, Murphy, curled up under the desk at my feet. Most days I start at 5.
10:00 AM – It varies- seeing patients, teaching, at a meeting, on a hike, grocery shopping.
12:00 PM - Favorite Lunch spot/meal?
A salad at Marketplace Café- another great writing spot where I often do my afternoon writing session.
7:00 PM - Having dinner with my husband and watching the news
11:00 PM – Definitely sleeping
What drink do you need to get through the day and at the end (and how many)?
Coffee in the morning, one cup, is essential. Occasionally one glass of wine in the evening
Most used App/Favorite Instagram Account?
I use my work FaceBook page Keeping Your Child in Mind to read and to post interesting articles relevant to my work. I rarely use my personal FB page- mostly to post amazing things my young adult children are doing.
What should everyone try at least once?
Dancing- incorporates music, movement, and connection in relationships
Where do you enjoy getting lost?
In my clinical work. When I have the privilege of being fully present with a family and young child to help them navigate a difficult moment in their lives, the rest of the world melts away