• 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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  • 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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  • Mom Brain Q&A with Motherwell Magazine!

    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 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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  • Moms! Keep a “mom diary” for a day, and you might be featured in The Washington Post!

    Moms! Interested in keeping a “mom diary” for a day, which might be featured in an upcoming article in the Washington Post On Parenting? I’m writing a piece on maternal emotions and want to include actual emotion monitoring from real moms. If you’d like to participate, please keep a feelings diary for one day, noting down all of your emotional…

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  • Parent guilt in the time of COVID (and after!)

    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!

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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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