• Mom BrainStorm: Feeling like the “World’s Worst Mom?” Keep a diary of “Mom wins”

    Feeling like the “World’s Worst Mom?” I get it—we’re in month 11 of this terribleness, and none of us can be our best selves. But many of my mom patients seem to be focusing only on what they perceive they’re doing wrong, and don’t give themselves credit for the *many* things they’re doing right. If you’re like these moms, try…

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  • This Mom BrainStorm brought to you by…Cabbage Patch Kids

    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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  • Mom Brain book: Now available for pre-order!

    Hi all! So excited that after a COVID-related delay, my new book, Mom Brain, is available for pre-order (out May 9!). My goal in writing the book was to share effective, easy-to-use strategies in the voice of a fellow mom in the trenches. (Unlike other self-help books, this one is light on clinical jargon and heavy on Real Housewives references).…

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  • Yes, psychologists feel like crap, too: Corona-coping along with my patients

    Last week, I was speaking with one of my patients with two young children. She confessed that she has been nothing but miserable during the pandemic and doesn’t believe others are as unhappy as she is. I assured her that many, many others are as unhappy as she is, but she remained unconvinced. She eventually asked me, “Well, what about…

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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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  • 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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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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