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You know, I feel a little bit awkward giving parenting advice, because I’ve five children and I made so many mistakes. But I think the one thing is – you love them. Unconditionally love them and show them your love. That said, I think as a father, you also have to have a certain bar of expectation. And I remember, I was in Panama on a mission. We were operating on native children. And then I took a tour in a jungle, in the back jungle. And I took a tour and I spent a day with a native family. And the chief is this strong guy and he’s really in charge and all the kids were playing so nicely. And it was interesting – whenever an adult asked a child to do something, they just did it. It was not like, “I’m too tired,” “I don’t want to,” “I’ve already done that.” No, the kids did it and that was it. And the kids got along so well, it was just a really nice community. I asked the chief. I said, “What’s going on here?” He says, “When they’re very young, they’re disciplined very strictly. And if you don’t discipline them when they’re very young, then when they’re older, you can’t do it.” So if I was to give whatever wisdom I have to parents, boundaries early. And they actually like it. And they feel secure. And if you don’t give them enough boundaries early, they’re not going to feel secure and when they’re older –and when they’re teenagers – good luck trying to give them boundaries.

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Kenneth Wright, MD

Pediatric Ophthalmologist

A caring physician, Dr. Kenneth Wright is devoted to the health of children’s eyes. He is an internationally respected pediatric ophthalmologist, and is included in “The Best Doctors in America” and “Who’s Who in Medicine and Health Care.”  Dr. Wright is a Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology at the USC Keck School of Medicine.  He has developed novel surgical techniques for pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus.  Dr. Wright received his medical degree from Boston University and fellowships in pediatric ophthalmology and adult strabismus at Johns-Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, and Children’s Hospital, Washington, DC.  Following his fellowships, he then accepted a full-time faculty member position at USC School of Medicine and Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles where he served for 10 years.  He was later appointed Director of Pediatric Ophthalmology at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, before returning home to Los Angeles to establish a pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus center of excellence.  

Dr. Wright has authored of over 100 published scientific papers, seven textbooks including his renowned textbook, Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus and has lectured worldwide.  He founded the non-profit Wright Foundation with a mission to reduce blindness and suffering in children with eye disorders through research, education, and clinical care. He has established a pediatric eye clinic for underprivileged children.  Important to the Wright Center is the principle that patient care always comes first.  

An interesting personal note is that Dr. Wright’s youngest son developed crossed eyes as an infant requiring surgery and Dr. Wright operated on his own son.  The outcome was excellent and years later his son served in the United States Marine Corps as a top marksman.

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