When You Love and Hate Motherhood: KSL Mom Show
Lindsey Aerts (host of KSL’s “The Mom Show”) and I recently discussed the ambivalent feelings that come along with motherhood. While all moms have conflicting feelings about their experiences raising children, it can be confusing and even shame-inducing to admit to ourselves that we don’t always love the work. Our society seems to promote the idea of “or:” we either love motherhood or we hate it. But the truth is that our real-life experiences are a lot more nuanced, and so Lindsey and I talked about how we need to embrace the “and” to normalize these sometimes opposing feelings. It’s okay to say “this is really hard right now, and I still love you so much.” We are human, and admitting that we don’t love every part of motherhood does not make us bad moms!
Listen to our full conversation above.
Dynamic self & relationship expert Dr. Julie de Azevedo Hanks, LCSW loves to make a difference for women. She owns Wasatch Family Therapy and regularly contributes to KSL TV's Studio 5, and her advice has been featured nationally including Wall Street Journal, Parenting, Fox News, and others. Connect on Facebook & Twitter. Her book The Burnout Cure and The Assertiveness Guide for Women are available now.