Dr. Mitzner is a remarkable woman whose passion for both medicine and educating parents has shaped her unique perspective on parenting. With her wealth of experience as a pediatrician and her own personal trials and triumphs as a mother, Alison has emerged as a trusted voice in the world of parenting. A frequent guest on CBS, NBC, and Fox and more, Dr. Mitzner’s insightful book, Calm and Confident Parenting has captured the hearts and minds of millions of parents, and it continues to resonate with families across the globe.
Alison Mitzner is a board certified pediatrician, a senior director of a large pharmaceutical company and a mom of two wonderful children. Her journey of being a parent exposed her to the stress and anxiety that often goes with parenting. This experience led her to dive into both medical and practical methods of balancing both career and motherhood. Since 2017, she has been sharing her parenting tips and knowledge with an online community that spans across several platforms. Now, she has written a best selling book, raises her two children, and is looking to help even more parents to overcome the difficulties of parenting. Her message is best captured by the title of her book, “Calm and Confident Parenting: How to Care for Yourself (and Your Kids) through Life’s Chaos.
Sleep-deprived. Stressed. Struggling. Unshowered. If you are a parent, then these words most likely just triggered some pretty painful, but amazing memories. According to a study by the American Psychological Association, nearly 50% of parents admitted to yelling at their kids and partners as a result of stress. While there is certainly no cure for dirty diapers, the occasional scraped elbow, and unplanned days home from school, Dr. Alison Mitzner believes that this statistic can be reversed. As a doctor, fitness advocate and mom of two, the award winning author of Calm and Confident Parenting is eager to give parents the tools they need to find joy in raising their children. Here’s her journey from stressed out to super mom!
The weather is finally starting to cool down just in time for the upcoming holiday season. Our schedules? Not as much. As the holidays can be merry and bright for some, for others the holiday season can be a major stressor, especially parents. Parents are often bombarded with gift lists from the kids, planning winter break vacations while the kids are home, and heightened interactions with family, including some extended family members that they did not want to see this year. Expectations of parents are extra high this time of year, but that does not mean they are not capable of tackling the busy calendar while staying calm and collected.
"A lot of the time, parents will have that 'parent guilt'," said Dr. Mitzner, a single mother of two. "But it's not that you're being selfish. You are being 'selfless' because you end up being a much better parent for it, in an all-around positive way."
Being a parent is incredibly stressful—especially when you have little ones at home with their action-packed schedules complete with school and after-school sports. It’s enough to make even the most even-keeled parent hit their stress threshold before factoring in career and personal tasks. But when we aren’t calm, kids absorb that, like osmosis. The more stressed we are, the more anxiety kids feel.
Praising the efforts along the way. As parents, we want to make sure our children feel as though their accomplishments are not more important than their well-being. We need to praise them for their efforts along the way, and not just for successes and end result.
You know what the daily juggle is like. You’re prepping for an important meeting, and your child enters the room with the ominous statement, I’m hungry. Never mind the fact that they had a snack an hour ago. Or that your meeting is in thirty minutes.
Alison Mitzner Aims To Show Us a Better Way to Parent. Parenting can feel overwhelming and exhausting. Even the most dedicated among us may sacrifice our own well-being on behalf of our kids — but that’s the wrong thing to do.
Parenting can feel overwhelming and exhausting. Even the most dedicated among us may sacrifice our own well-being on behalf of our kids — but that’s the wrong thing to do. There is a better way. Parenting doesn’t have to be a blur of sleep deprivation, stress, weight gain, and emotional chaos.
Dr. Alison Mitzner somehow does it all! Like most parents, there are times when she probably wonders how she’s able to juggle so much while keeping her sanity. The multitalented New York City pediatrician and journalist also has many years of experience as a mother and fitness fanatic under her belt, and has built a strong platform to share her knowledge.
Rachel Montañez from Forbes asked: "What inspired your pivot from practicing as a pediatrician to the role you're in today?" There are so many unwritten career rules. As a career practitioner, I’ve seen tons of "rules" get broken, and it always makes me want to delve into the theoretical side of why they exist in the first place.
Alison Mitzner, MD '97
After five years as a pediatrician in private practice in New York City, Alison Mitzner, MD '97, was second-guessing her career choice. She loved kids. And she loved the science of medicine. But she found the day-to-day of her clinical practice simultaneously too stressful and too repetitive.
For parents, busy isn’t just a feeling, it’s a way of life. Sometimes we wonder what it was like when we weren’t this busy, and weep for all the sleep we didn’t take advantage of. Wellness dominates our social media feeds, but it’s hard to find the time to incorporate it all when we’re always needed and on the go.
Parenting can feel overwhelming and exhausting. Even the most dedicated among us may sacrifice their own wellbeing on behalf of our kids and that’s not the wrong thing to do but there is a better way. You’ll be a better parent when you first take care of yourself, and by learning how to balance caring for yourself and your kids, you’ll be a more confident, calmer mom or dad.
This doctor is a mother to a 7 year old daughter and 5 year old son. Like many mamas in our community, Alison is an entrepreneur, incredibly motivated, and an expert multi-tasker! When asked "Describe your brand?", She replied with "Fitness for the whole family. Fit not only physically on the outside but on the inside mentally and emotionally as well."
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