Paras is an Iranian American, born in Tehran and raised in Texas. She is now pleased to call Colorado home. She is the mother of two rambunctious boys, a wife to an equally rambunctious husband (genetics!) and a pediatrician. Paras attended medical school at the University of North Texas Health Science Center and went on to complete her pediatric residency training at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. Her special interests include childhood advocacy, healthcare education, and she absolutely loves working with new parents. After having children of her own, she quickly realized that raising kiddos was not as straightforward as many pediatric medical texts or parenting books might imply! She has found it extremely fulfilling to navigate the challenging, yet rewarding world of being a working mom alongside her patients and peers. In her spare time, Paras enjoys hiking, embroidery and is an aspiring yogi on the journey to attaining and maintaining a healthy work-life balance.
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Buckling up and Bundling Up. Car Seat Safety Tips For Wintery Weather

After our first winter in Colorado, I was surprised to learn that March and April are often the two most snowy months on the Front Range. While I enjoy wintery weather, leaving the house...

Tackling Family Mealtime With Toddlers & Why It’s Worth It

Confession. Family mealtimes at my house can feel chaotic. While I’m well aware of the importance of the family meal, it often feels flat out burdensome! My wiggly toddlers try to leave their seats...
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The Milky Way: Cow’s Milk, Milk Alternatives & Recommendations for Your Child

If you grew up in the 90s, you probably remember the iconic ‘Got Milk?’ ads. Our favorite celebrities ranging from Harrison Ford to Kermit the Frog proudly showing off their version of a milk...
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A Mother’s Reflections on 2020 and Emotional Intelligence

It is hard to believe December is here! To say this year has been unusual is an understatement. At times, the world has felt unrecognizable. Filled with medical, economical, and emotional burden. Topped off...

Raising Culturally Aware & Inclusive Children, A Bit of Guidance

As if parenting didn’t feel challenging enough, along came 2020. As a mother of 2 young children and a pediatrician, this year’s events have kept my head spinning both professionally and on the home...

Introducing New COS Mom Contributor Paras Askari Longanecker

Hello fellow COS mamas! I’m Paras Askari Longanecker, a mother of two wild young boys, wife to an adventurous guy, and practicing pediatrician learning to navigate the challenging yet rewarding world of being a...