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  • All the “everyday things” we’re missing during the Coronavirus quarantine

    I was happy to have the opportunity to speak to Kelly McCarthy of ABC News about all the “everyday things” we’re missing during the Coronavirus quarantine and what we can do to cope. The upshot: it is absolutely normal to miss even the most mundane aspects of our former lives. Because our day-to-day routines give us a sense of control…

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  • Let’s redefine what it means to be a “strong mother”

    Why do so many moms, especially during these scary times, believe that being strong means ignoring their emotions and hiding them from the kids? In my latest piece for Scary Mommy, I write about maternal emotions and what it truly means to be a “strong mother.” To me, there is nothing stronger than facing your feelings and doing what you…

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  • Corona-Momming Tip #8: Keep a diary of “mom wins”

    Since way before this whole Corona-mess started, I’ve been encouraging my mom patients to keep a diary of “mom wins.” Because, let’s face it: we moms tend to focus on all the things we do wrong, and rarely if ever give ourselves credit for the things we do right. I ask my patients to note down anything positive they did…

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  • Corona-Momming Tip #6: Different family members, different coping styles

    I’ve noticed a theme in many of the (online–a brave new world!) sessions I’ve done this week: different loved ones coping differently. A number of my patients have shared that they have different emotional needs than their partners/parents/close friends, and as a result, they’ve had a difficult time discussing the virus with them. One particular dynamic that seems pretty common:…

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  • The Spelling Bee Strikes Again: An Update from a Weary Mom

    You may recall that last year, I wrote about my older son, Matty, and his experience in the previous year’s school spelling bee. I shared how heartbreaking it was for him (and for me) when he lost, and how hard was to see my kid fail. I dreaded having to sit through another bee. But I did sit through another…

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  • New Year, New Book!

    Happy 2020, everyone! I’m especially excited for the new year, as my first book, Mom Brain: Proven Strategies to Fight the Anxiety, Guilt, and Overwhelming Emotions of Motherhood—And Relax into Your New Self, will be published this summer by Guilford Press. Mom Brain draws on my own experiences as well as those of the many new moms I’ve worked with.…

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