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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 #4: Try to focus only on what you need for the day

    Like every other parent, I’ve been following the news about school closures very closely…and like every other parent, I was horrified to hear that lengthy school closures (perhaps for the duration of the school year) are a real possibility. Upon hearing this, my mind spun into the future. What would this mean? My son is in his last year at…

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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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  • Holidays With Kids Series, #4: Staying over with family is not routine

    Emma, mom to a 1 and 3 year-old, was a proud member of what she called “The Sleep Police.” Her kids were on a strict sleeping/napping schedule that she would move mountains to maintain. By her own admission, Emma was rigid with her children’s schedules, believing that if she wasn’t, chaos would ensue. Emma’s holiday plans always involved staying over…

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  • Holidays With Kids Series #3: Moms, you are not Santa.

    Moms, you are not Santa. You do not have magical reindeer. You cannot consume a gazillion chocolate chip cookies without getting gravely ill. And, most importantly, you do not have a staff of elves to do your bidding. In a recent post I talked about how moms have overblown expectations for the holiday season—they expect magical things to happen and…

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  • Eight Tips for Surviving the Holidays With Young Kids

    It’s no secret that the holidays can be incredibly stressful, especially for moms of little ones. Here’s a list of eight cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) strategies for surviving the holidays with young kids. Set appropriate expectations: Those first few holidays with little ones will likely not be magical, thanks to the completely unpredictable nature of young kids. Set your expectations low,…

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