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…
Overwhelmed this holiday season? Try what we call graded task assignment in CBT, which means breaking big tasks down into smaller steps. Make a list of the things you need to get done. This includes gift shopping, house cleaning, food prep, packing for travel, etc. Break the list down into several discrete, manageable steps, and assign yourself (and your family…
I love the Psychologists Off the Clock podcast and especially the co-host (and my friend) Dr. Yael Schonbrun. I was lucky enough to be interviewed for the podcast twice–in 2019, before I was done writing Mom Brain, and now, when the book is out! We cover lots of ground in this interview, including tips for coping with fatigue and overwhelm,…
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…
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…
Motherwell is one of the very best sources of parenting writing. It’s also one of the first places I published my work when I began writing, and I’ve been fortunate to publish several pieces on their site over the years. So I’m so thrilled that they’re featuring a Q&A about Mom Brain. I got to answer some really interesting questions…
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- Talking parental decision fatigue with Vivvi
- What to do when you see your kid struggling with the things you struggle with
- Talking “Mom Brain” with Katie Lowes on Katie’s Crib!
- My latest in The Washington Post: Managing parental anxiety when *everything* feels high-stakes
- Last Mom Brain Holiday Tip: Take care of yourself!