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Secrets of the Motherworld is a podcast created to help mothers feel less alone. We're two psychotherapists with a special interest in parenting. Listeners send us their anonymous stories about their own experiences in the Motherworld -- experiences that are too intensely private to share anywhere else. Each week, we read a listener's story and give our own reflections. It's a thoughtful exploration of the most intimate aspects of motherhood.

Secrets of the Motherworld is a podcast created to help mothers feel less alone. We're two psychotherapists with a special interest in parenting. Listeners send us their anonymous stories about their own experiences in the Motherworld -- experiences that are too intensely private to share anywhere else. Each week, we read a listener's story and give our own reflections. It's a thoughtful exploration of the most intimate aspects of motherhood.
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United States

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Secrets of the Motherworld is a podcast created to help mothers feel less alone. We're two psychotherapists with a special interest in parenting. Listeners send us their anonymous stories about their own experiences in the Motherworld -- experiences that are too intensely private to share anywhere else. Each week, we read a listener's story and give our own reflections. It's a thoughtful exploration of the most intimate aspects of motherhood.

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English

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2157790271


Episodes

08: I Have No Idea What Rules to Set and How Strict to Be

10/15/2019
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Here’s the story we discuss this week: “My 5 year old son wants to use the tablet to play games constantly. I let him play on it when I am nursing his baby brother because I can't give him attention then but he constantly asks me for it and I often find myself giving in. Yesterday I got so fed up I hid the tablet but I found him playing on it and when I asked him about it he hid it behind his back and lied that he didn’t have it. I have never known him to lie so brazenly before. It...

Duration:00:23:00

07: The Instinct of Birth

10/8/2019
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Here’s the story we discuss this week: “My own mother always made a point of telling me how terrible it had been to give birth to me, that her body was wrecked in the process and that women in our family must not be meant to birth naturally (The story always punctuated with, '... and thank goodness for doctors or we would all be dead!'). When I became pregnant I hired a very expensive obstetrician. But the birth ended up as an emergency caesarean and significant trauma for me as a new...

Duration:00:23:20

06: My Only Child has Schizophrenia

10/1/2019
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Here’s the story we discuss this week: “My only child has severe paranoid schizophrenia and also borderline personality disorder. I did everything possible to keep her safe, medicated and in her own apartment for 10 years. The stress of dealing with her threats and terrifying behavior eventually destroyed my health. Two years ago she abandoned her apartment and she has been on the streets ever since. For the first time since she was born, I am now trying to take care of myself. Taking...

Duration:00:21:25

05: Online, She is Fully Male

9/24/2019
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Here’s the story we discuss this week: “I once shared a story with my daughter (age 14) of a time when my work friends and school friends somehow ended up having a party together and I found myself having a hard time figuring out how to behave. It was not until this moment I realized I altered my personality a bit to fit with the group of friends I was currently with. I had intended her to understand some variants are okay. She seems to have taken this as being able to be wholly different...

Duration:00:22:43

04: Removing “Guilt” from the Lexicon

9/17/2019
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Here’s the story we discuss this week: “How can we remove the words ‘guilt’ and ‘failure’ from the parenting lexicon? I’m sick of reading about Mother’s Guilt as if it’s a norm. The manner in which motherhood is depicted these days is not doing motherhood itself any favours. The struggle to find time. The importance of self-care. Both valid but not worthy of guilt! Enough already.” Lisa mentioned the book Maternal Desire by Daphne de Marneffe

Duration:00:24:40

03: “I Decided To Let the Baby Cry to Sleep”

9/10/2019
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Here’s the story we discuss this week: “When my first boy was born, I was so overwhelmed and confused about everything. My boy Is a sensitive child and until today he needs a lot of reassurance and I did not understand why during the first months. I was so exhausted with breastfeeding and lack of sleep and just overall holding and hugging all the time. One night my husband and I decided to let the baby cry to sleep since so many parents and "well intentioned" advisors were insisting us to...

Duration:00:24:01

02: "We Don’t Belong to the Club of Normal Family Life"

9/10/2019
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Here’s this week’s story: “Discussions and articles seldom mention parents bringing up children with disabilities, in particular non-verbal children. We don't belong to the club of normal family life. It’s a lonely with no shared norms.” We reference the poem Welcome to Holland.

Duration:00:21:29

01: Motherhood Doesn’t Come Naturally

8/26/2019
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Here’s our story for this week “I don't feel like pregnancy, motherhood and its sacrifices come naturally to me. I wish women were able to lay an egg and then the father sits on it for 9 months. I do my job and love my kids but I suffer a bit from lack of time and freedom since I am a creative person, have a job and am a dream guide. People often criticize my lack of knowledge in motherly things like cooking and interest in their school activities. It just isn't my forte and I battle with...

Duration:00:23:09