Motherhood can be hard work, physically and emotionally. But yet when sharing our motherhood journey's with others we often sugarcoat it's workload. Lindsay Aerts and Kristin Hodgson, Psychotherapist at The Healing Group in Midvale discuss reasons we may do this. They also talk about motherhood secrets - deep, dark, very vulnerable secrets that a lot of mothers keep surrounding things they may not like about motherhood. You'll hear both Lindsay and Kristin admit theirs. And finally, sleep when the baby sleeps, enjoy every minute, these are examples of well meaning advice people give before having kids. Lindsay and Kristin discuss a Facebook collection of advice moms found NOT helpful.
It was my 6th anniversary recently and you know what my husband I did to celebrate? NOTHING. And it was perfect. We sent our daughter to grandma's and we spent the weekend just catching up, running errands, and reminiscing about life pre-child. I love Lucy to no end, but spending the weekend with just my husband remembering why I chose to have a child with him in the first place, was much needed to refill our cups so we can have the energy to be the parents we want to be.
Did you know that ten percent of dads get postpartum depression or a related mental health issue after the birth of a child? It's rarely talked about or discussed, Lindsay Aerts talks with Phsychotherapist Kristin Hodgson of The Healing Group and her husband Jake, who shares his story of suffering with the illness. And yes, it's a real illness.
Even if you're taking care of kids all day, guilt over not being as productive as you'd like while at home can often creep in. Dr. Julie Hanks of Wasatch Family Therapy joins Lindsay Aerts to talk about how to recognize and reduce some of those feelings. Dr. Hanks even says wasting time can be a good thing! They also discuss how moms who hold a specific 5 beliefs about motherhood, experience poorer mental health which leads more distress in motherhood.
I know, I know. Screen time. Not good. Brain, mush. Whatever! I really wish I didn't have to follow the no screen time rule for children under 2. In fact, I don't follow it very well. If the program is interactive and educational does that matter in screen time? What is the screen time rule in your house for your age children?
Lucy isn't even 2 yet but both my mother and mother-in-law say they think we should start potty training her. Did you have a tell-tale sign your child was ready to use the toilet? Did you make any mistakes when trying to potty train that I could learn from? LAerts@ksl.com is my email...help!
Mike Headrick, anchor of KSL 5 TV joins Lindsay Aerts to give a dad's point of view, on how he and his wife share the workload of parenting. If bonding with your children isn't always as natural as you'd like, Lindsay and Mike also discuss how he manages that with a son who doesn't share similar interests. Listen also for a dad's point of view on managing the worry of parenting.
Feeling like you don't like every aspect of motherhood can weigh heavy on a mother's heart. Feelings of guilt, shame and like you're not cut out for motherhood can be overwhelming. Lindsay admits her motherhood secret, and other secrets from mothers on Facebook.