Someone once said, “Motherhood is not for the fainthearted” – and boy do we agree! Before this pandemic swept the nations, being a mum was both the most rewarding job in the world, but also often one riddled with exhaustion, self-doubt, and fear. And now in this crazy season, not only are we mums, but teachers, playmates and entertainers.
It’s not an easy time, but we want to say to mums across the country that you’re not alone – there are others out there who can offer help and advice.
The Mum Show is a twelve-part series on being a mum in today’s world … whatever that may look like. Each thirty-minute episode will feature honest conversations, moments of soul-searching, expert advice and even the occasional light-hearted digression.
Katharine Hill is the UK director of Care for the Family. She is a well-known speaker, broadcaster and author, is married to Richard and has four grown-up children.
Marina Magdalena is the creator and host of The Mum Show. She is mum to two children and spends her days running Imaginarium.tv while home educating the kids.
Hope Plumb is mum to three children and co-director of Elayos, a doula charity that supports perinatal women who are isolated and vulnerable.
Emma Browne runs the psychotherapy clinic, Nurtured Minds. She is a mum to two teenage girls and wife to Dave.
Becky Denharder is project manager of the Kitchen Table Project at Care for the Family. She is mum to two high-energy boys and is married to Chris.
To watch any of the twelve episodes you can click play on the video.
There are parent questions to accompany each episode, just click on the questions button to view them as a PDF.
PARENTING IN A PANDEMIC
Exploring the impact this season has had on our lives as mums. We look at the challenges you’ve faced having to work from home and look after the kids, as well as how your children have coped with isolation, loneliness and anxiety.
FAMILIES THAT FLOURISH
Who doesn’t want their family to flourish, right?! In this episode we unpack how understanding the positive and negative patterns in our family can aid us in making conscious decisions towards helping our family flourish.
EARLY CHILD DEVELOPMENT
For many parents those early years can be the toughest and understanding our child’s brain development might not be on our list of priorities! In this episode we offer a helpful tool for remembering what is important in the early childhood years and unpack our need to understand how to connect and nurture a growing brain.
MIDDLE YEARS AND TEENS
Even though those pre-teen and teen years may be tricky to navigate, we need to remember that our children do not yet have fully formed adult brains. We delve into the concept of a growth mindset and look at how helping our children adopt one can be beneficial for us all.
FEELING FREE TO FEEL
We can all agree that we want our children to be able to express their feelings openly and honestly with us. We discuss what works and what doesn’t when it comes to creating an emotionally safe home, and how talking through our emotions will allow our children to grow into well-adjusted adults.
We all need to know we are loved unconditionally, and this is especially true for our children. We look at some ways we can allow our children to feel secure in our love for them and the impact this has on their brain.
Empathy is so important in helping our young people become well-adjusted and emotionally secure adults, who are able to develop healthy relationships with others. We explore, how as mums, we can model this for our children in how we communicate and give them our full attention.
As mums it’s our job not only to help our children stick to the boundaries, but to eventually put their own in place. We discuss how discipline should train and teach our children and allow them to make better choices in the future. We also look at how we need to remain calm when disciplining our children, so we don’t say things we don’t mean in the heat of the moment.
LET’S TALK ABOUT SEX
Our children need to know the facts about sex from us, however clumsy or awkward we may feel talking about it. Many children are influenced by the media about sex and relationships. We discuss how it can be helpful to put a plan together before talking about this subject with our children, and how a family media agreement can be a great way to protect what they have access to.
WHEN EVERYONE FALLS OUT
Every family has to deal with conflict. We explore how it can actually deepen connection in our family if we set an example of doing it healthily. We also discuss how we can help our children resolve conflict themselves and manage their emotions when they’re feeling overwhelmed.
It can be easy to find ourselves feeling stressed and overwhelmed. Our children can feel just the same! We discuss the importance of looking after our own mental wellbeing and how pressing the pause button can be helpful for us all.
CHEERING EACH OTHER ON
Everyone needs encouragement and to know they have the support of their family, no matter what. We look at how we can create a culture in our family where everyone gets cheered on – in the good times and the bad.