KATE (33) - Mum of one (2.5yo), a social worker and also has her own coaching business www.katepenno.com. Based in Hobart.
Website - www.mygt.online
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Further comments from Kate;
Any specific things you’ve done or been exposed to that really helped
Connecting with a life coach/ counsellor
Podcasts – changed my life since becoming a mum (So thank you for creating this one!)
I also feel really aligned with;
Janet Lansbury – Unruffled podcast
Social media – The Milk Meg/ Pinky McKay (Early days)
Sarah Ockwell Smith, Maggie Dent, Dan Siegal (Brain development
Key pieces of advice to other mum's struggling with the balance/ aspiring mum's
If I had my time again/ next time;
Focus on getting to know your child
Figure out what kind of parent you want to be
Don’t become obsessed with googling, but don’t feel ashamed in wanting to find the answers or trying to figure out motherhood.
Don’t compare / drop the comparison around thinking you need to keep up with your old life
Find someone to support you, this might be a counsellor, coach, mentor (it’s a great way to keep something for you, (as everything can come about your baby), you can do it from home, flexibly, someone you can be really hones with and vent too
Build a support network around you
Know that everything is a life season! You will sleep again, you will spend time with your partner again, you will be able to do something for yourself again
Get clear about your values and whats important to you
Don’t get obsessed with what you think your child should/ shouldn’t be doing (unless it’s a health/ developmental concern then seek out appropriate care/ treatment
Sometimes people don’t tell you the truth because it’s easier when it comes to sleep, that motherhood appears/ should be easy etc.