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Holiday Time and the Never Ending Mom Schedule

Holiday Time  Holiday time is upon us. The schedule that we, as moms, have just gotten used to (school fundraisers, homework, school projects, PTA meetings, sporting events, birthday parties, tutoring schedules, art and cultural activities), will have to be adjusted. They will need to include impromptu family celebrations, lunch outings with friends, dinner parties, potluck […]

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The Bitter Aftertaste of Social Media as a Mom

Whenever I meet someone who doesn’t use social media I always ask, but why? How do you keep in touch with people? They respond explaining important people call or visit you in person. Or they say that social media is a distraction they don’t need. I argue back that my family lives far away, this […]

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Please Stop: Your Kind Advice Is Not Helping Me

I’m a mom. I get advice. A lot of it. There was a time when I was a first-time mom, and I solicited it quite often. I didn’t care who they were. If they had something to say, they had my ear. Truth be told, even after my third, I still seek it out (though I’m perhaps more selective […]

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Quieting the inner turmoil of parent guilt

Quieting the Inner Turmoil of Parent Guilt

Even though I’ve been a practicing psychotherapist for nearly 17 years (11 of those spent exclusively with children and families), I am still subject to crazy parenting guilt. It creeps up on me in my weakest, most exhausted or chaotic moments, whispering that something I’ve done has irreparably damaged my child. It’s a wildly irrational […]

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When Can I Stop Being a Mom and Start Being Me?

There are days when I can’t remember my life before my son. I think, what did I do when I didn’t have to mother him?  I have begun to define myself by this role and allowed being a “mom” to seep into other parts of my life.  At work, I mentor new teachers. At home, […]

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The Night I Gave In To The Sleep Regression

  My son’s sleep patterns have always been a bit of a challenge: starting very rough, smoothing out when he first moved to his crib, then hitting the four-month-old sleep regression that didn’t end until we started sleep training at eight months. And now, we’re in the midst of a teething-induced sleep regression. Last night, I […]

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