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  • The Transitions You Can’t Prepare For

    I wrote a piece for Motherly about the transitions you can’t prepare for, those moments when you are blindsided by changes in your children. As a parent, I have found these transitions to be more difficult to navigate than the transitions we all know to expect (i.e. first day of kindergarten, first middle school dance, first trip to college). I…

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  • I’m an ABCT Featured Therapist!

    I’m honored to have been selected as one of the Association For Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies’ Featured Therapists. I’ve been lucky to be able to call ABCT my professional home since 2003. As a Featured Therapist I got the chance to answer some questions about myself and my practice and the role that ABCT has played in my professional development. To…

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  • How parents can cope with their own back-to-school anxiety

    As a psychologist who specializes in working with anxious parents, and as a mom who specializes in little boys (I’ve got two), I can tell you that those back-to-school ads featuring ecstatic parents who gleefully lob pencils and glue into their shopping carts at the office supply stores aren’t entirely accurate. Back-to-school time can be even more depressing and anxiety-provoking…

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  • What to do about ungrateful kids

    A smart, funny friend of mine who’s a mom of four coined the term “funishment” to describe those times when you take your kids to super-fun, kid-friendly activities and they act as if they’re being punished (whining, crying, etc). I feel like I’m often “funishing” my kids, and was reminded of this phenomenon when I read a recent advice column…

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  • Mastering nursing in 33 steps

    Always important to have a few laughs (and gain some perspective) as you’re slogging through the first months of new motherhood. Here’s a great piece about getting your nursing baby to latch in “33 Easy-to-Master Steps.” I love how it highlights the crazy pressure nursing mothers are under and the ridiculous standards to which they are held.

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I’m Ilyse Dobrow DiMarco, Ph.D., aka DrCBTMom. DrCBTMom.com combines the expert advice of a self-help book with the warmth and readability of a mommy blog.
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