• Mom Brain Holiday Tip #3: Think about the worst-case scenario

    What if I can’t find my kid that toy they desperately want? What if I run out of time to turn my house into a Winter Wonderland? What if I can’t manage to get my holiday cards sent out? These types of worries often send my mom patients into a holiday anxiety tailspin. In response, I ask them to consider…

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  • Mom Brain Holiday Tip #2: Just say screw it!

    Today’s Mom Brain holiday tip: Just say “screw it!” Lots of my mom patients spend time worrying about how things will go when they take their kids to holiday celebrations. Where and how will their kids nap? What will their kids eat? How will they maintain their kids’ schedules? Moms scramble to control what is essentially an uncontrollable situation: kids…

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  • Panicking about new kid behaviors? Try following the two-week rule.

    My son had a very difficult time transitioning back to school, and I panicked. Would it always be like this? Should I send him to a new school? What could I do as a parent to make things better? Turns out, my panicking was for nought. My son adjusted, and now he’s fine. In reflecting back on the experience, I…

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  • Talking “Momsomia” with sleep expert Dr. Shelby Harris

    I was so excited to join my friend Dr. Shelby Harris, an amazing sleep expert (and contributor to Mom Brain!), for a discussion about “Momsomnia,” a term Shelby uses to describe maternal sleep issues. Click here to see a recording of our live discussion. Sleep issues are endemic to the maternal experience, particularly during COVID. Shelby and I have lots…

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  • 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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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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