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 Stress of Being a Parent
When Dr. Mitzner shifted to working in the pharmaceutical industry after five years of serving as a pediatrician in Manhattan, she was excited. “I found working in pharma so rewarding because I was able to help patients not only 1-on-1, but also on a scale of millions across the globe.” Her success led to her serving as a senior director within several years – a position that she still holds. In the midst of that, she also saw another change – getting married and having a baby. During her pregnancy, she found herself experiencing all of the challenges that go along with being an expectant mom – exhaustion, anxiety, stress, and sleeplessness. That’s when she began looking for answers. “I searched everywhere, but I couldn’t find answers that weren’t boring. So I started to write for others looking for answers too.” Writing for a friend’s popular mom blog,, she realized that not only was blogging a release for her, she was amazed by the response of parents that were engaging with her content. Her content also caught the attention of magazines, podcasts and other news outlets around the country. Her method was simple. “I realized the information was there, it just had to be broken down into something simple and easy to read.”
Second Time Around
Dr. Mitzner’s first pregnancy had been eye-opening. Not only did she gain firsthand knowledge of the difficulties of parenting, she also had begun to build a community of mom’s from around the country that wanted a better way to do things. Just two years later, when she had her second child, she found herself wanting to share what she had learned again. “I found myself writing even more. I would come home from work. And squeeze in time to write after my kids went to sleep.” She would spend spare moments researching medicine, alternative medicines and chronicling her own breakthroughs with mom’s from around the world. She didn’t realize it then, but she was cultivating a community that would change her world. “I wanted moms to get accurate, science-backed information. I wanted to share from the experience of knowing the ins-and-outs of medicine, motherhood and wellness.” Her passion was noticed. Again, her phone and email was full of requests from media outlets all wanting to hear more from the pediatrician turned mom expert.
Sleep, Stress, and Your Kids
Parenting can be complicated, but Dr. Mitzner’s solution was a simple one. “We as parents often sacrifice our own well-being on behalf of our kids, but that’s the wrong thing to do.” The problem with this mindset is that it actually has the opposite effect. “Kids can sense when you are stressed. So when you aren’t happy or you’re stressed, it is affecting your kids as well.” That’s why it is so important for parents to find ways to prioritize their mental, emotional and physical health. Dr. Mitzner focuses on providing science backed and practical methods for parents looking to develop their fitness, time management, and of course, their sleep.
Dr. Mitzner has made this her mission. Through her best selling book, her online contributions, and podcast visits, she is hoping to share her message of hope and help for parents around the world.
If you are interested in learning more about Dr. Mitzner’s approach to parenting, you can visit her website for access to her book and free resources designed specifically for the busy parent.