• Talking Mom Brain with Peds Doc Talk!

    I loved talking momfluencers, maternal anxiety, and post-baby partner relationships with Dr. Mona! She represents the best of what Instagram has to offer-she’s a pediatrician and mom with smart, relatable advice for parents. Click here to access the Peds Doc Talk podcast episode we did together-it’s live now. And follow Dr. Mona at @pedsdoctalk on Instagram (and me at @DrCBTMom!).…

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  • How to explain your stress to your kids

    It’s month 10 of Unprecedented Times, and needless to say all parents are at the end of their ropes (myself included: stay tuned for a longer blog post on this topic). I spoke with Steve Calechman at Fatherly about how parents can explain their stress to their children. Bottom line: We should not try to hide our negative emotions from…

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  • Anxious about the future? Try leading with “I wonder…”

    Like so many other families, my family recently experienced a COVID scare: We were exposed to someone who was exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID. While the person we were exposed to was awaiting the results of their COVID test, we felt compelled to quarantine. We didn’t want to send the kids to school or soccer or anywhere…

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  • What to do when it’s you–not your kids–with separation difficulties

    I’m one of the lucky parents whose kids went back to in-person school a few weeks ago. Despite my anxiety about the pandemic, I was mostly relieved and grateful that they’d be back in a school building. I was surprised, then, when I found myself having some separation issues, not unlike what I experienced when I first sent my kids…

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  • I’m helping other moms with back-to-school anxiety as I’m struggling with my own

    I wrote a piece for Motherwell Magazine about what it’s been like helping moms with their back-to-school anxiety as I also struggle with my own. I can’t remember a time when my professional and personal lives have converged so completely. In the piece I share what it’s been like for me, and what I’ve been advising myself (and my patients)…

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  • Managing parental back-to-school anxiety

    I’ve written in years past about how anxiety-provoking back-to-school time can be for parents. Needless to say, this year is exponentially more worrisome, as parents are tasked with making the decision about whether or not to send their kids to school. Those who decide to send their children to school have to cope with their fear about what happens when…

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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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