Because we don’t have any experience trying to live life during a global pandemic, we don’t know how we’re going to feel on a day by day (or even a minute by minute) basis. I’ve certainly been surprised by my own feelings and responses. For example: Frustration: I really thought trying to guide a kindergartener through very clear lessons (props…
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:…
Before our town library closed for at least two weeks, I ran over there and ransacked the place. I grabbed a huge bunch of books and old school DVDs for my kids, then hit the adult shelves. I found myself gravitating towards books that I’d read years ago and loved (two of which are pictured here). And along the same…
It’s hard to know how to respond to an unprecedented situation like the Coronavirus pandemic. My job is to help people, especially moms of young kids, manage anxiety. And yet I, a mom of young kids, am now immersed in an incredibly anxiety-producing, upsetting situation, and like everyone else I am struggling with how to cope with this new (hopefully…
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.…
Here’s a hard lesson I had to learn when I first became a parent: “Vacation” is not synonymous with “relaxation.” If you’re looking for a low-stress, relaxing vacation, you’re not going to find it if you’re traveling with young kids. Vacations can actually be more anxiety-provoking than routine weeks at home. When we’re away from home, we don’t have control…
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