I remember when I was young enough to still believe my mom had super powers. I have no idea if she actually knew what she was doing, but I was convinced that she was the smartest, strongest mom with special powers for finding anything. To me, my mom was Wonder Woman. But more recently, it seems … Continue reading We Have Super Powers, We Just Don’t Always Realize It
There are a lot of misconceptions about Psychiatrists and the way we practice, mainly because our sphere of medicine is so vastly different from that of any other medical specialty (and yes, I have an MD!) Here are a few thoughts I hope will help you understand us and our field a little better. 1) … Continue reading 11 Things Your Psychiatrist Wants You to Know
As a Mental Health professional in the Bay Area, I see children and teens with a wide array of issues, however one disturbing trend is how malicious kids are to each other. Every week, I meet with school age kids being teased, a tween with insomnia because she worries all night about how peers will … Continue reading You Can’t Rewind, So Be Kind
I am so grateful for my children, but let’s be honest: parenting can test our patience, organizational skills, and if you’re like me, an innate need to control everything. I have noticed that as a busy working mom of two, I often feel overwhelmed, struggling to get everything done. I am never able to sit … Continue reading This is Where I Should Be
I always planned on having a large family. I just knew that at some point in my life I would give birth to lots of kids and raise a rowdy brood. I grew up with three sisters, and our house was always loud, busy, never a dull moment. I loved that even if I was … Continue reading What Does A “Full House” Mean to Me?
I have started to realize that I am one of the lucky ones. I LOVE my mother-in-law (MIL)! And not just because I have to. I genuinely look forward to her visits, I enjoy talking to her on the phone, and I trust her with the care of my children. And while I’d like to … Continue reading Yes, You Too Can Get Along With Your Mother-In-Law
Moving to the Bay Area has been a very socially humbling experience. I always thought I was good at making friends, but it turns out I’ve relied heavily on my husband’s easygoing nature and the built-in friends that came with medical school and residency. The truth is that I am actually pretty shy and more … Continue reading Bay Area Mom Seeking BFF: Humor Is A Must!
As a Child Psychiatrist, I meet a lot of amazing parents who often feel overwhelmed trying to keep up with the latest and greatest parenting advice. We read so many books on how to parent, including how to get our kids to sleep, eat, behave, listen, learn, play… and sometimes it just gets to be … Continue reading 6 Steps to Better Parent-Child Communication
Hey you, yes you: the bleary-eyed, caffeinated mom over there, with a fussy baby and a toddler screaming like a bear. And you: the mother cloaked in angst, from your angry teen, Whose eye rolls make you constantly plead, “Why are you so mean?” And the grandmother, who is praying and silently holding her breath, … Continue reading An Ode To Mothers Everywhere
I have a confession to make: I LOVE TV. I love to get sucked into shows, grow attached to characters, and make fun of people for not choosing a house because of the light fixtures. I cried when Parenthood ended because it felt like I had lost a family friend. I could sit on my … Continue reading The Time That I Tried (And Failed) To Limit My Screen Time