I was so glad to speak with Jessica Grose, opinion writer for the New York Times’ Parenting, for this piece about the parental malaise many of us have been experiencing since life has returned to “normal.” I underscored what I often tell patients–that engaging in values-consistent activities is a crucial coping strategy. Grose put it so well when she said…
Since the pandemic started, we parents have been reminded *every single day* that it’s our job to keep our kids safe. While we were aware of this responsibility before COVID-19, it seems like our experiences with COVID have amplified that feeling of responsibility, to the point where we’re becoming anxious about formerly inconsequential day-to-day childcare matters. I’ve been witnessing this…
Last school year, I worked really, really hard to facilitate everything for my kids, in an effort to compensate for all the pandemic took from them. But it turned out all this facilitating was for nought-it didn’t help my kids, and actually compromised my own ability to take care of myself. As a specialist on maternal mental health, I was…
Excited to have my first piece in the Washington Post! The piece details how you can use the principles of exposure therapy to manage your anxiety and dread about re-entry into the post-COVID world. I discuss how avoidance breeds anxiety and outline several “rules of exposure,” with input from several experts in the field. I hope you find this helpful…
Very happy to be included in this terrific piece from The Washington Post’s On Parenting about parent guilt during (and beyond) the pandemic. In the piece I stress the importance of being very deliberate about your priorities and making sure to include yourself at least somewhere on your priority list!
I was having a tough day yesterday and ended up in my son’s room, taking a moment to hold (read: hug) my old Cabbage Patch Kids, Tracey and Jamie. I’m not exactly sure why I was drawn to these beloved fixtures from my past, but spending a mindful moment with them was actually helpful for me. They reminded me of…
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