Greenville doctor releases book for families to enjoy together
Robert Saul’s life’s work could reverberate for generations to come.
Saul is medical director of general pediatrics at the Greenville Health System’s Children's Hospital and a clinical professor of pediatrics at the USC School of Medicine – Greenville. He began his career with about 25 years in pediatrics and genetics and another decade focusing on genetics, before coming to his current position in 2013.
“I found my focus in how I can make the biggest impact in the lives of children and families,” he said. “I realized it might be in helping young learners – pediatric residents.”
But Saul’s focus on growing the youngest members of the community has been a part of more than his work in medicine.
“Back in the mid-90s, I got involved in a variety of things in my community,” Saul said.
Following the Columbine school shooting in 1999, Saul wrote a column for the Index-Journal in Greenwood that focused on steps to greater community involvement. That small start resulted in more than 160 columns over the next dozen years, and in Saul’s first book, “My Children’s Children: Raising Young Citizens in the Age of Columbine,” published in 2013.
Saul’s written work was as much for himself as for the betterment of his community.
“It became sort of an action diary for me,” he said. “This is for me to think about what I should be doing.”
For Saul, that means strengthening children from the start.
“I think we’ve lost track of raising our children to be citizens,” he said. “Citizens take care of each other.”
To that end, Saul has released his second book, “All About Children,” which is designed for parents and children to enjoy together.
“‘Talk, read, sing’ is my mantra whenever I see a family with a little one,” he said.
“All About Children” offers something for little eyes while imparting information to parents in an accessible, easy way.
“It’s what I consider to be an atypical children’s book,” Saul said. “It’s a series of events, activities, messages that hopefully parents and children will discover together.”
The book covers issues like sportsmanship – “Sports are fun, but we’re no better than anyone else,” Saul said – as well as breast-feeding, voting and family dinner time. Saul even touches on more difficult scenes, like a military cemetery.
“It’s part of family life and part of our social fabric that we should be talking about these things,” he said.
Saul also encourages positive discipline.
“Discipline is now a code word for punishment, and it should never be that,” he said.
The book is another step in Saul’s mission to serve families.
“It’s our hope and dream that this would really take off and be a significant resource,” he said. “This is a passion. This is a calling. This is what I need to do.”
Learn more about Saul’s books and order online at http://mychildrenschildren.com.