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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 #7: Know your limits

    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…

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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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  • Corona-Momming Tip #5: Take a breath, and take a minute

    At various intervals over the past few days, I’ve found myself overwhelmed by stress (no surprise there). The latest example of this occurred 20 minutes ago when my son and I were puzzling over how to log in to Quaver Music to get his music assignment. We had no idea what we were doing, and my son became visibly upset.…

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  • Corona-Momming Tip #3: Seek out pop culture that reminds you of different times

    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…

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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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