141 episodes

Your kids might look to you for all the answers, but you’re probably struggling with your own questions. How do I survive the postpartum period? How do I raise good humans when I’m just trying to survive? How do I cope with the load of motherhood? No matter what “type” of mom you are, becoming a mother is a journey—one that doesn’t always feel like a straight line.

On the Happy as a Mother Podcast, host and psychotherapist Erica Djossa teaches strategies to help you cope with the psychological and emotional load of motherhood. Your metamorphosis into motherhood might not look “perfect.” It’s full of mess, chaos, and frustration. But with expert advice, practical tips, self-love, and coping skills, you can become the mother you want to be. Erica shares the best kept secrets of the therapy world and interviews other professionals (psychologists, pediatricians, psychiatrists, fertility specialists, lactation consultants, and more!) who provide their expertise to empower you on your motherhood journey.

Happy as a Mother Erica Djossa

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Your kids might look to you for all the answers, but you’re probably struggling with your own questions. How do I survive the postpartum period? How do I raise good humans when I’m just trying to survive? How do I cope with the load of motherhood? No matter what “type” of mom you are, becoming a mother is a journey—one that doesn’t always feel like a straight line.

On the Happy as a Mother Podcast, host and psychotherapist Erica Djossa teaches strategies to help you cope with the psychological and emotional load of motherhood. Your metamorphosis into motherhood might not look “perfect.” It’s full of mess, chaos, and frustration. But with expert advice, practical tips, self-love, and coping skills, you can become the mother you want to be. Erica shares the best kept secrets of the therapy world and interviews other professionals (psychologists, pediatricians, psychiatrists, fertility specialists, lactation consultants, and more!) who provide their expertise to empower you on your motherhood journey.

    141: Protecting Maternal Sleep with Dr. Nicole Leistikow, Reproductive Psychiatrist and Psychotherapist

    141: Protecting Maternal Sleep with Dr. Nicole Leistikow, Reproductive Psychiatrist and Psychotherapist

    Moms often feel like sacrificing sleep is just a part of motherhood. But there is a relationship between sleep deprivation and postpartum depression, postpartum anxiety, and other mental health concerns. If we want to support moms, protecting maternal sleep is important.

    Today, I’m joined by reproductive psychiatrist and psychotherapist Dr. Nicole Leistikow to discuss the role of protected sleep in maternal mental health and how families can work together to support moms.

    Show notes: https://bit.ly/3EdRt7q

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    • 59 min
    140: Establishing Age-Appropriate Boundaries With Kids with Tia Slightham, @parentingcoach on TikTok and Founder of Parenting Solutions

    140: Establishing Age-Appropriate Boundaries With Kids with Tia Slightham, @parentingcoach on TikTok and Founder of Parenting Solutions

    Establishing age-appropriate boundaries can be tough. But without boundaries, we often find ourselves in a cycle of misbehaviour and punishment, leading to frustration for us and our children.

    Today, I’m joined by parenting coach Tia Slightham to discuss the importance of boundaries and how to set limits that are age-appropriate and effective.

    Show Notes: https://bit.ly/3r2xdxL

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    • 50 min
    139: Encouraging Independent Play with Susie Allison, Founder of Busy Toddler

    139: Encouraging Independent Play with Susie Allison, Founder of Busy Toddler

    What if I told you that you didn’t have to play with your child all day? Moms put a lot of pressure on themselves to entertain their kids. They believe that “good moms” play with their kids as much as possible. But when we learn how to encourage independent play, we not only remove that pressure—we also give our children room to create, grow, and blossom.

    Today, I’m joined by Susie Allison, founder of Busy Toddler, to discuss what play is, why it matters, and how to encourage your children to play independently.

    Show Notes: https://bit.ly/3BS5ar9

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    • 42 min
    138: Dividing Labour Fairly in the Home with Dr. Darcy Lockman, Author and Psychologist

    138: Dividing Labour Fairly in the Home with Dr. Darcy Lockman, Author and Psychologist

    Do you feel like you’re drowning in the mental load of motherhood? Many moms struggle with this. They find themselves falling into gender roles in the home without realizing it, and they don’t know how to break out of the pattern.

    Today, I’m joined by Dr. Darcy Lockman, psychologist and author of All the Rage: Mothers, Fathers, and the Myth of Equal Partnership, to discuss why the gender imbalance in household labour happens and how to shift the dynamics in the home.

    Show Notes: https://bit.ly/3qsnkcx

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    • 43 min
    137: How To Help a Child Regulate Their Emotions with Dr. Becky Kennedy, Founder of Good Inside

    137: How To Help a Child Regulate Their Emotions with Dr. Becky Kennedy, Founder of Good Inside

    When our children misbehave, it can be very triggering. We feel frustrated, disrespected, and uncertain of how to handle it. As a result, we often end up unsuccessfully trying to control their behaviour, instead of guiding them through their feelings.

    Today, I’m joined by Dr. Becky Kennedy, founder of Good Inside, to discuss how to help a child regulate their emotions and navigate their big feelings.

    Show Notes: https://bit.ly/3cN87zq

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    • 43 min
    136: Why Does a Messy House Give Me Anxiety? with KC Davis, @domesticblisters on TikTok and Founder of Struggle Care

    136: Why Does a Messy House Give Me Anxiety? with KC Davis, @domesticblisters on TikTok and Founder of Struggle Care

    Why does a messy house give me anxiety? Why can’t I motivate myself to clean since I had kids? Am I just a lazy mom? Moms often worry about these things, feeling immense pressure to keep a clean house and experiencing shame when they fall short of those expectations.

    As moms, we can’t always buy ourselves more time to clean. But we can approach the concept of cleaning differently, learn to overcome our anxiety around cleaning, and develop simple tips for keeping the house functioning without getting overwhelmed.

    Today, I’m joined by KC Davis, author of How to Keep House While Drowning, known as Domestic Blisters on TikTok and founder of Struggle Care, to discuss reframing our thinking about “the mess” and tips for cleaning with kids.

    Show Notes: https://bit.ly/3Ku93VC

    Book a Free 15 min Consult with a mom therapist: happyasamother.co/wellness
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    • 52 min

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