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Brainy Moms is a psychology and parenting podcast with smart ideas to help moms and kids thrive! Hosted by cognitive psychologist (and mom of 3) Dr. Amy Moore along with rotating co-hosts Dr. Jody Jedlicka, Teri Miller, and Sandy Zamalis, this weekly show features conversations and guest experts in parenting, psychology, child development, and education with practical tips to help moms navigate the ups and downs of parenthood.

Brainy Moms Dr. Amy Moore

    • Kids & Family
    • 5.0 • 27 Ratings

Brainy Moms is a psychology and parenting podcast with smart ideas to help moms and kids thrive! Hosted by cognitive psychologist (and mom of 3) Dr. Amy Moore along with rotating co-hosts Dr. Jody Jedlicka, Teri Miller, and Sandy Zamalis, this weekly show features conversations and guest experts in parenting, psychology, child development, and education with practical tips to help moms navigate the ups and downs of parenthood.

    Conscious Parenting: Finding Balance Between Permissive and Punitive Approaches with guest Dr. Elham Raker

    Conscious Parenting: Finding Balance Between Permissive and Punitive Approaches with guest Dr. Elham Raker

    Has someone ever told you to “enjoy every minute of parenting because it goes by so fast”? Or that “you only have 18 summers”? For some of us, the extra pressure to feel like we have to relish every touch point with our kids only adds to the stress we feel as busy parents just trying to do our best to juggle it all.  On this episode, Dr. Amy and Sandy interview Dr. Elham Raker, pediatrician and certified parent coach who has worked with parents through telemedicine and her virtual coaching program, Ask Dr. Mom. Dr. El says the pressures and expectations for parents can lead to unnecessary feelings of guilt. We bet you can relate.
    In her coaching, Dr. El provides support and guidance to parents looking to strike a balance between punitive and permission parenting. Through Conscious Parenting, she helps parents grow deeper connections with their children in ways that are calmer, more respectful, and enriching for both parent and child. She also shares her knowledge and experience as a pediatrician to clarify which unnecessary “shoulds” we can let go of as parents.

    Parents, if you’re constantly worried that you’re not doing enough as a parent or you’re just looking for ways to develop a deeper relationship with your child or teen, this conversation with Dr. El may feel like a breath of fresh air. She’s the trifecta of experts—mom, pediatrician and certified parenting coach—and we hope her expertise will help you enrich your relationship not only with your child, but also yourself.

    About Dr. Elham Raker: Dr. Elham Raker is a board-certified pediatrician, a parent coach, and the brains behind Ask Dr. Mom, a telemedicine and virtual coaching site for parents. She started the virtual platform after recognizing that the typical 10- to 15-minute office visit with doctors was just not enough. Now parents can get their medical and parenting questions answered in the comfort of their own home without time constraints.
     
    Connect with Dr. Raker
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/elham-raker-m-d-5a9b774/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/askdrmom_/
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@elhamrakerm.d.7352
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/askdrmomandablog
    Blog: https://adrmomandablog.org/


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    Website: www.TheBrainyMoms.com
    Email: info@TheBrainyMoms.com
    Social Media: @TheBrainyMoms
    Dr. Amy's website: www.AmyMoorePhD.com
    Sponsor's website: www.LearningRx.com

    • 54 min
    Juggling Work and Parenthood without the Guilt with guest Dr. Yael Schonbrun

    Juggling Work and Parenthood without the Guilt with guest Dr. Yael Schonbrun

     Are you a working parent who constantly feels overwhelmed, frustrated and/or riddled with guilt? Welcome to the club! For most of us, it’s hard to feel like we’ve got the time, energy, or temperament to balance our lives in a way that feels connected, creative, and inspired. On this episode of the Brainy Moms podcast, Dr. Amy and Sandy talked to clinical psychologist Dr. Yael Schonbrun who shared her insights and tips to help us get perspective, apply strategies, and find camaraderie in this modern challenge of juggling it all.

    About Dr. Yael Schonbrun: 
     Dr. Yael Schonbrun is licensed clinical psychologist, assistant professor at Brown University, and co-host of the podcast, “Psychologists Off the Clock.” Yael wears many professional hats. In all areas of her work, she draws on scientific research, her clinical experience, ancient wisdom (with an emphasis on Taoism), and real-life experiences with her three boys. She’s the author of the book, Work, Parent, Thrive: 12 Science-backed Strategies to Ditch Guilt, Manage Overwhelm and Grow Connection (When Everything Feels Like Too Much).

    Connect with Dr. Schonbrun
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/DrYaelSchonbrun
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/yael-schonbrun-a26a5229/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.comyaelschonbrun/
    Podcast: https://offtheclockpsych.com/
    Website: https://yaelschonbrun.com/
    Buy Dr. Schonbrun’s book: https://www.shambhala.com/work-parent-thrive.html
    CONNECT WITH US
    Website: www.TheBrainyMoms.com
    Email: info@TheBrainyMoms.com
    Social Media: @TheBrainyMoms
    Dr. Amy's website: www.AmyMoorePhD.com
    Sponsor's website: www.LearningRx.com

    • 48 min
    Hey Mom, Who’s Taking Care of You? (Let’s Talk About Emotional Exhaustion) with guest Nancy Colier, LCSW

    Hey Mom, Who’s Taking Care of You? (Let’s Talk About Emotional Exhaustion) with guest Nancy Colier, LCSW

    If we asked you, “who’s taking care of you?” what would your response be? We bet the responses would range from a spit-take to a chuckle, from a frown to actual tears. Nancy Colier, author of The Emotionally Exhausted Woman, Why You're Feeling Depleted, and How to Get What you Need  has asked a number of women this question as she worked on her book and, almost without fail, the women cried—they were desperate for her book and desperate for someone to care for them. We’re sure you can relate—do you have someone who takes care of you? 
    In her book, Nancy investigates why women have such a hard time with this concept, and how our friends, our partners, and we ourselves have conspired to create a culture in which women are expected to make themselves small, put others first, and ignore our own needs in favor of being easygoing and likeable. 
    Listen, ladies: if you’ve ever been told you’re hysterical, too much, angry, unlikeable, difficult, or overreacting, this one’s for you. (Isn’t that all of us?) Nancy’s approach to emotional exhaustion was truly revolutionary for us—and we hope it will help you approach your feelings of emotional exhaustion and overwhelm from a new perspective.

    About Nancy
    A longtime student of Eastern spirituality, Nancy Colier is a psychotherapist, interfaith minister, and the author The Emotionally Exhausted Woman: Why You’re Feeling Depleted and How to Get What You Need (New Harbinger, 2022), as well as numerous other books. She is a thought leader and national speaker on women’s empowerment, wellbeing, and mindful technology, and has been featured on Good Morning America, The New York Times, and countless other media. She is also a regular blogger for Psychology Today. In addition, Nancy spent 25 years as a nationally top-ranked equestrian and serves as a performance consultant to professional athletes and artists.

    Connect with Nancy
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nancycolier.lcsw.rev
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/ncolier
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nancy-colier-41b76ab7/
    Website: https://nancycolier.com/
    Buy Nancy’s Book: https://www.amazon.com/Emotionally-Exhausted-Woman-Feeling-Depleted/dp/1648480152

    CONNECT WITH US
    Website: www.BrainyMoms.co
    Email: Info@BrainyMoms.co
    Social Media: @TheBrainyMoms
    Dr. Amy's website: www.AmyMoorePhD.com

    CONNECT WITH OUR SPONSOR
    Website: www.LearningRx.com
    Facebook: @LearningRxBrainTraining
    Instagram: @learningrx_brain_training
    CONNECT WITH US
    Website: www.TheBrainyMoms.com
    Email: info@TheBrainyMoms.com
    Social Media: @TheBrainyMoms
    Dr. Amy's website: www.AmyMoorePhD.com
    Sponsor's website: www.LearningRx.com

    • 57 min
    How to Connect with your Kids (Before they Stop Listening!) with guest Dr. Amanda Craig

    How to Connect with your Kids (Before they Stop Listening!) with guest Dr. Amanda Craig

    If you want to set yourself (and your kids!) up for a successful relationship as they enter their teen years, it starts with deep connection with tweens! Research shows that kids between the ages of 9 and 12 are starting to think for themselves, but they still listen to what mom and dad have to say. That makes tweens the perfect age for building deep connections that will last them into and beyond their teenage years! This conversation with Dr. Amanda Craig, author of the book, Who Are You and What Have You Done with My Kid? Connect with your Tween While They're Still Listening was a fascinating look at the four pillars of connection. 
    Even as they parent older kids, Dr. Amy and Teri were able to glean some great ideas for deepening connection, from creating daily and nightly rituals, to owning our mistakes and being vulnerable in our relationships with our kids. Dr. Craig’s four pillars are instinctual, but so incredibly helpful in framing our approach to parenting.

    ABOUT DR. AMANDA CRAIG
    Amanda Craig, PhD is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) based in Lower Fairfield County Connecticut and New York City. A native of Richfield, Minnesota, Dr. Craig has been practicing for more than 20 years. She has worked with children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families in a variety of settings including research departments, juvenile correction facilities, high schools, Fortune 500 companies, substance abuse programs, university/college classrooms and private practice. 

    Dr. Craig specializes in treatment of relationship issues such as communication, conflict resolution and infidelity, as well as individual challenges like depression, anxiety, addiction and life-work harmony. There are three things she knows for sure: 1) We are not defined by adversities, but rather how we handle them. 2) Taking healthy risks, setting boundaries, and stepping outside our comfort zone will bring fulfillment in both life and relationships. 3) Make the most of today. Whatever that means to you, no matter how small it seems.

    Dr. Craig lives in Darien, CT with her husband, six-year-old daughter, 13-year-old son, 10 chickens, one dog, two cats and two fish.
     
    CONNECT WITH DR. CRAIG
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Amandacraigphd 
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/amandacraigphd/ 
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/amandacraigphd/ 
    Website: https://amandacraigphd.com/ 

    CONNECT WITH US
    Website: www.BrainyMoms.co
    Email: Info@BrainyMoms.co
    Social Media: @TheBrainyMoms
    Dr. Amy's website: www.AmyMoorePhD.com
    CONNECT WITH US
    Website: www.TheBrainyMoms.com
    Email: info@TheBrainyMoms.com
    Social Media: @TheBrainyMoms
    Dr. Amy's website: www.AmyMoorePhD.com
    Sponsor's website: www.LearningRx.com

    • 45 min
    Tired of Yo-yo dieting? Losing weight isn’t just about what you eat (or when you eat it) with guest Matty Lansdown

    Tired of Yo-yo dieting? Losing weight isn’t just about what you eat (or when you eat it) with guest Matty Lansdown

    Have you ever tried a diet and lost weight, only to put the weight back on a few months or a year later? Research shows that as many as 80% of overweight people who manage to slim down noticeably after a diet gain some or all of the weight back within one year. That staggering figure can be overwhelming and discouraging when we’re trying to lose weight. 
    Dr. Amy sat down with Matty Lansdown, founder of the Healthy Mums Collective, to discuss why so many diets leave us feeling frustrated and why the weight often comes back on, even with careful changes and restrictions. It was a fascinating conversation about our relationship with food and our inner child-inner parent relationship! 
    If you are looking for a gentle approach to healthy living—regardless of your current size—Matty takes an innovative approach to food, nutrition, and lifestyle that might get you started on a journey to self-love and caring for your body. These are tough topics, especially if you struggle with an eating disorder or body issues. But this is a no-shame conversation. Matty is an encourager and educates us on some different ways to think about and understand our ongoing relationship with food. As a yo-yo dieter, Dr. Amy appreciated Matty’s tip to just make “one tweak a week” to our eating habits. That seemed manageable to her. Our hope is that you’ll hear a tip that resonates with you as well. It’s a food-for-thought episode without judgement for anyone who wants to dig in a little to the topic of eating for better health.

    A quick note: Here at the Brainy Moms, we are covering many of the hardest and most important topics related to motherhood, mental health, and the human experience, and today’s episode may be a complicated one for some of our listeners. We know that this topic can be difficult, but we urge our listeners to press in with openness whenever possible. Because that’s how we grow—it’s why we created this podcast in the first place!  However, if you find that any of our episodes are more than you are comfortable with, we understand. You need to take care of your heart, mind, and body in the best way you can—and we are supporting you from afar.


    About Matty 
    Matty Lansdown is a scientist, nutritionist and health coach that specializes in weight loss and self-confidence for women and busy mothers. Starting out in the field of nutritional epigenetics and spending several years working in hospitals as part of a disease research team, Matty believes that most disease and illness is not due to bad luck but as a result of poor nutrition and lifestyle choices. Matty’s extensive experience allowed him to uncover the deeper challenge people have with health which isn’t about calories or kale, but in fact mindset and behavior change. Having been on his own personal development journey, Matty is now super-passionate about showing people how to level up their health so that healthy habits and the best food choices are easy and natural. Likewise, Matty’s weekly podcast How to NOT Get Sick and Die provides his followers and clients with a deep dive into nutrition and how to develop healthy habits that last.
    CONNECT WTH MATTY
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mattylansdown
    Website: https://mattylansdown.com/

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    CONNECT WITH US
    Website: www.TheBrainyMoms.com
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    Sponsor's website: www.LearningRx.com

    • 50 min
    Caring for your newborn: How to feel confident as a new mom (and when to worry) with guest Dr. Emeka Obidi

    Caring for your newborn: How to feel confident as a new mom (and when to worry) with guest Dr. Emeka Obidi

    Are you a new mom? Do you love a new or soon-to-be mom? If you do, then this podcast episode is for you! It’s been a while since Dr. Amy and Dr. Jody were mothers of newborns, but the story hasn’t changed much: we are all just wondering if our babies are okay! Becoming a first-time mother may seem like an instinctual rite of passage for many women, but once baby is born, many of us find that we have more questions than answers. And it can be hard to know where to turn in the middle of the night when baby is crying! 
    Dr. Amy and Dr. Jody sat down with Dr. Emeka Obidi, board-certified pediatrician and CEO of the Newborn Prep Academy, to talk about parenting a newborn. We asked some doozies: should baby boys be circumcised? When should we worry about a fever? What about vaccinations? Breastfeeding or formula feeding? Dr. Obidi shared his wisdom after more than 17 years as a practicing pediatrician, and we found his answers incredibly helpful—and graciously gentle. Join Dr. Obidi as he provides new moms with a Confident Mom Mindset! 

    About Dr. Obidi: Dr. Obidi is a board-certified pediatrician practicing in Maryland, where he owns a multi-provider family practice. He is also CEO of Newborn Prep Academy where he runs an online newborn preparation course that helps new, expectant, and recently delivered moms understand how to care for their newborn baby and what to expect so they can feel confident, empowered and ultimately enjoy their babies. Dr. Obidi has cared for over 1000 newborns and their moms over the course of his career. After seeing the same questions and concerns over and over again, he has a great understanding of what every new mom needs. His Confident Mom Mindset Course is designed to show moms of newborns how very capable and condiment they can be. 

    Connect with Dr. Obidi
    Website: http://www.newbornprepacademy.com
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/emeka.obidi.3 
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/drobidi 

    CONNECT WITH US
    Website: www.BrainyMoms.co
    Email: Info@BrainyMoms.co
    Social Media: @TheBrainyMoms
    Dr. Amy's website: www.AmyMoorePhD.com
    Our sponsor's website: www.LearningRx.com
    CONNECT WITH US
    Website: www.TheBrainyMoms.com
    Email: info@TheBrainyMoms.com
    Social Media: @TheBrainyMoms
    Dr. Amy's website: www.AmyMoorePhD.com
    Sponsor's website: www.LearningRx.com

    • 51 min

Customer Reviews

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27 Ratings

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A psychologist and mom hosts terrific guests

Interesting topics for parenting today with rotating co-hosts. This podcast is with your time if you want to be a better parent! Highly recommend.

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I learn so much from each of their episodes! Lots of practical information, fun to listen to, and evidence-based. So glad I found this podcast!!

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With a great variety of topics and guests, The Brainy Moms Podcast is a “must listen” each week!
They discuss the latest research along with the realities of daily life with their own kids.
There are great a-ha moments, tips, and humor in each episode!
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