The Mother Cuppa Approach is for you as a parent – so you can reflect on what is challenging you and why, how you coped and if you could have done anything differently. It’s also about focusing on the good stuff each day however small or perhaps seemingly insignificant.
However much we love our children, being a parent can be hard work, it can be relentless and exhausting and it requires a lot of giving. I want to encourage you to focus on what you are doing well, to develop strong coping strategies and to find the good in the day when you can pause for a minute and how you can focus on the positives.
This aims to give you a boost and to create a positive mindset that works for you, rather than just focusing on the things that are stressful and overwhelming. As a parent there’s a chance that you will be overlooking so much of what you do with and for your children and it is easy to make it to bedtime without giving yourself a pat on the back. Or focusing on the tiredness or the frustration of the day without thinking “but that was nice”.
Let’s focus on the details and see what difference it makes to you.
These posts will be ongoing, to help create a positive habit so reflecting on what has gone well becomes a part of your life, helping you to manage the ever-changing demands of being a parent.
The Mother Cuppa Approach
As part of this approach. I will posing some questions and encouraging you to focus on what you need as a parent – to manage the challenges and for your wellbeing – and to focus on how well you are doing.
There will be regular posts and prompts here on my website and on my social media to encourage you to think practically about your day, week and month.
My philosophy around parenting is about gathering the knowledge, support and reassurance you need so you can look after you and be the parent you want to be. My aim is for you to have a foundation of practical strategies with a practical mindset so you can do what works best for you.
Keep it simple
- Aim to spend just a few minutes on this, don’t overthink it. If you want to spend more time on it, then great, just find what works for you.
- Just jotting down a few words and thoughts will be beneficial.
- It is the perfect opportunity to buy new stationery!
The Mother Cuppa Approach will also feature as part of Notes For Parents, which will be sent straight to your inbox each week. Just click on the link to sign up.
And please do send me a quick message if you have any questions.
Janine Smith | A specialist in pregnancy, birth and early parenting