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Ep: 117 Doing it all with Dr. Whitney Casares

Jan 31, 2024

Navigating the Challenges of Modern Parenting

In a world filled with the noise of conflicting advice and societal pressures, the role of a parent can often feel overwhelming. Dr. Whitney, a seasoned expert and author, recently shared her insights on the complexities of modern motherhood in a podcast episode. Her book, "Doing It All: Stop Over Functioning and Become the Mom and Person You're Meant to Be," addresses the struggles faced by moms who feel stretched thin and offers strategies for finding balance and grace in their parenting journey.


Dr. Whitney emphasized the importance of being sensitive and responsive to a child's needs, acknowledging that every child is wired differently. She highlighted the challenge of parenting in an era of societal and cultural diversity, where conflicting parenting styles and the influx of messages from media and social platforms can create additional pressure for mothers.


The book also delves into the significance of setting routines for children, providing them with a sense of predictability and stability. Dr. Whitney candidly shared personal experiences, illustrating how unexpected events, such as the loss of a pet, can disrupt these routines, prompting parents to adapt and support their children through difficult times.


Another critical principle emphasized in the book is allowing opportunities for unconstrained skill development in children. Dr. Whitney stressed the value of nurturing non-academic skills and fostering creativity, problem-solving, and emotional regulation, essential for holistic development.


Additionally, Dr. Whitney discussed the importance of modeling emotional regulation as parents. She acknowledged the challenges of maintaining composure in the face of parental stress and highlighted the need for self-compassion, mindful self-compassion, and committing to doing less in order to prioritize what truly matters.


Dr. Whitney's insights serve as a reminder that the journey of parenthood is a marathon, not a sprint. Her book provides a roadmap for navigating the complexities of modern parenting, offering practical guidance for mothers striving to find balance and grace in their roles.


Whether you're a parent seeking reassurance, a professional juggling work and family, or simply curious about the intricacies of modern motherhood, "Doing It All" offers valuable insights and strategies for navigating the challenges of parenting in today's world. Dr. Whitney's compassionate and evidence-based approach provides a beacon of support for mothers striving to be the best versions of themselves while embracing the messy and beautiful journey of parenthood.


Whitney Casares, MD, MPH, FAAP, is a practicing board-certified pediatrician, author, speaker, and full-time working mom. Dr. Whitney is a Stanford University-trained private practice physician whose expertise spans the public health, direct patient care, and media worlds. She holds a Master of Public Health in Maternal and Child Health from The University of California, Berkeley, and a Journalism degree from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. She is also CEO and Founder of Modern Mommy Doc.

About Erin:

With over 15 years of experience in the field of education, I am a passionate and dedicated educator, researcher, and podcast co-host who strives to improve the lives of children and parents through evidence-based practices and insights. I hold a Doctorate of Education in Human Development and Psychology from Harvard University, and I am currently the Chief of Education at Cooper, a resource for parents that provides research-based information on parenting and child development. 

About Michelle: 

I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. I specialize in working with children by applying my experience in developmental psychology and behavior analysis. As a parent myself, I know that navigating parenthood isn’t easy. With over a decade of experience, I’m here to help you apply evidence-based practices to create a stronger bond with your child through one-on-one therapy services and my Thriving Toddler online programs.

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