How To Parent Without Shame
If you’ve ever wondered how those other mothers seem to keep it all together, this week’s episode of the Woman Worriers podcast is for you. Host Elizabeth Cush interviews Mercedes Samudio, LCSW, a parent coach and author of Shame-proof Parenting: Find your unique parenting voice, feel empowered, and raise whole, healthy children.
Do you find yourself asking how some families are posting beautiful photos of themselves at Disneyland or Chuck E. Cheese’s when you can’t seem to get your kids together for a selfie? Or second-guessing your parenting skills when the stranger in the grocery store offers advice you didn’t ask for? In this episode of Woman Worriers, host Elizabeth Cush, of Progression Counseling in Annapolis, Md., talks with Mercedes Samudio about how woman can develop more confidence in their own parenting and better support the parents in their lives.
Listen and learn:
What parent shaming is and why it happens
How parent shaming impacts anxiety
Why parenting advice can be a problem even when it’s well intentioned
Why the urge to advise is so strong
Ways to approach a parent who seems to be struggling without shaming them
How shaming women who don’t have children affects their parenting when they do become mothers
Why telling a woman that she’s going to be a great mom might not help
What needs to happen before you can be a better parent than your parents
How your healing benefits your relationship with your child
The questions you need to ask yourself to start to understand how shame affects your parenting and what you might need to do to change it
How journaling can jump start your journey to healing
How social media has magnified the problem of parent shaming
The professional photographer’s insight that will make you feel better about your family
Why we can’t completely escape parent shaming
Things you can say to the parent-shamers in your world
Where you will find your strongest source of support
> Mercedes Samudio’s website
> Dan Siegel, MD’s books & DVDs
> Tina Bryson, PhD’s books & DVD’s
> Shefali Tasabary, PhD’s books
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