Are you happy at the moment?
Yes I am very happy at the moment. I am surrounded by my amazing husband and 3 awesome kids doing work that I love.
If you could go back and say anything to your 16-year-old self now – what would it be?
If I could go back and give my 16-year-old self advice, I would tell myself to not care as much about what people think of me. Confidence at the age of 16 is something most girls need more of. As you get older, you learn to hold your head up high, be independent, and do what makes you happy without worrying if anyone else will have anything to say about it.
What’s the most important thing you’ve learned this year?
The most important thing I learned this year is that you can be anything you want to be and do anything you want to do if you work hard and are passionate about what you are working for.
What do you most want to achieve in the next 12 months?
In the next 12 months I hope to be able to inspire more parents to get the help they need for their children. Through the media, I hope to be able to help parents overcome the insecurities they feel over their children’s struggles.
What’s your secret to happiness?
My secret to happiness is…. BE YOURSELF! Don’t worry about who your friend, brother, sister, or mother are – just be comfortable in your own skin and you will find happiness from within.
What one ritual or practice keeps you grounded?
A ritual that keeps me grounded is my work. I am exposed to many different people with many diffiicult struggles. Many times throughout my day I feel so grateful for what I have. I stop and and say to my self, ”things could always be worse.”
What’s your biggest regret?
I have none. I am not a second guesser. I do something and don’t look back. I believe that everything in life happens for a reason.
What’s the most important lesson you’ve taught your kid(s)?
The most important lesson I have taught my kids is to be kind and caring to ALL types of people in this world. It is so important for me to instill in my children compassion and empathy towards people who need it. I hope they can carry that throughout their lives. It is a value my parents taught me and my sister and something I intend to always make a priority in my home.
What bad habit would you most like to change about yourself?
A bad habit I would most like to change about myself is that I am on my phone WAY to much! I am always trying to help people in my life, and that means trying to answer every text and phone call. My phone is my lifeline. I need to somehow learn to UNPLUG more!
Aside from motherhood/fatherhood and marriage what are you most proud of in your life?
Aside from motherhood and marriage I am most proud of the work I have accomplished helping parents gain knowledge and support for their family. I created Ask Stefanie so that parents could have a “go to” person who has been there and gets what they are going through. Working with some of the most prominent doctors in their field is so inspiring to me. There is nothing I love more than the gratitude expressed to me from a parent who is feeling alone and worried and now has a plan and a path to getting their child the help they need.
When were you happiest?
I was happiest at my wedding (I married my boyfriend from when I was 15 years old). Every girls dream is to marry their first love! I was also my most happy self at the birth of my three children. There is nothing more meaningful to a woman than watching their precious baby come into the world healthy. It is truly a moment in time that I think about often when I need to relax and take a step back and feel grateful.
What ten words best describe you?
Ten words that best describe me are: Righteous, considerate, thoughtful, determined, dramatic, driven, passionate, confident, honorable, and sensitive.
Stefanie Weiss is a Mental Health Consultant specializing in OCD, Anxiety, ADHD, PANDAS, and other related mental health disorders. She meets with the parents of children who have these disorders so that they can speak openly and honestly about their child. Based on an in- depth consultation and intake process, they collaborate on selecting a team of doctors that will be most appropriate for the child.
Stefanie believes that parents have a hard time gaining the courage to take the initial step of seeking professional help for their children. Going to the “right doctor” the first time puts families on the right track immediately, instead of going through a daunting process of 3 or 4 doctors until they finally find the one that they connect with and believe in. She helps make that process easier by getting parents in the right hands immediately. This saves them time, money, and energy. Exposing yourself and your child emotionally is a difficult step. Stefanie makes sure families are comfortable and confident with whom they select.
More information on Stefanie and her services can be found on her website, Ask Stefanie.