• 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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  • Stay tuned for weekly Mom Brain holiday coping videos!

    The holidays are *so hard,* especially this year, when moms are feeling pressure to make up for last year’s disappointments. I devote a whole chapter of Mom Brain to holidays and special events, and will be sharing some of my coping strategies in short weekly holiday coping videos starting Monday. Please reach out with any suggestions for issues you’d like…

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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 maternal emotions, anxiety, and perfectionism with Vivvi

    I was very excited to partner with Vivvi, an innovative childcare company, for a discussion of all things Mom Brain! Here’s a recording of my talk with Vivvi’s Gretchen Richer, where we covered strategies for managing maternal emotions, anxiety, and perfectionism.

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  • Mom Brain virtual book talk TONIGHT @ 7 pm

    Excited to talk Mom Brain with my local library! Virtual book talk TONIGHT at 7 pm EST. Click here for signup details. In Mom Brain, I share evidence-based strategies for helping moms manage the many challenges of new motherhood, including emotional upheaval, identity changes, anxiety, social media comparison-making, and relationship shifts. The book features examples drawn from my clinical work…

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  • Talking Mom Brain on the What Fresh Hell Podcast!

    Loved talking Mom Brain with the amazing Amy Wilson and Margaret Ables of the What Fresh Hell podcast. We discussed maternal emotions, anxiety, and social media comparison-making, among many other things. I’m a big fan of this podcast–Amy and Margaret are hilarious, sharing the good/bad/ugly aspects of motherhood. They also spotlight parenting books and offer spot-on parenting advice. Please check…

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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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