Mercedes Samudio, LCSW on Shame-Proof Parenting

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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.

You have to heal — and that’s something I don’t think we give parents enough space to do.
— Mercedes Samudio, LCSW

Show Notes:

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

Learn More

> Shame-proof Parenting: Find your unique parenting voice, feel empowered, and raise whole, healthy children

> Mercedes Samudio’s website

> About Mercedes Samudio, LCSW

> Dan Siegel, MD’s books & DVDs

> Tina Bryson, PhD’s books & DVD’s

> Shefali Tasabary, PhD’s books

> Progression Counseling

> Woman Worriers podcast


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