As a pediatrician, Vanessa loved helping children heal and grow while giving their moms guidance and support.
After five seasons of speaking with compassion, candor, and clarity, encouraging moms to own their pivotal role in the lives of their children and the generations that follow, Vanessa realized she left some moms behind.
Girls who grew up to become moms who are still struggling to survive their own childhood trauma, in addition to the typical demands of motherhood.
Stumbling under that weight feeds the guilt and shame that keeps you from showing up as the woman you're meant to be and the mom your children need. So, you wear a mask to hide both from your pain and the judgment of those observing you.
Vanessa knows what that is like. So, she's speaking directly to you, the mom battling the effects of your childhood trauma.
If you’re raising children while carrying unresolved childhood wounds from traumatic experiences including abuse, abandonment, and neglect and you struggle with expressing compassion, showing up with confidence and connecting with your child, this podcast will inspire your own healing journey and empower you to break the negative cycles threatening your family.
Because no matter your childhood traumatic experiences, the hand that rocks the cradle impacts generations. And you have the right to decide what kind of impact.
You have a legacy to change. It’s difficult, but Motherhood Unmasked is here to support you. Change starts with you believing that when it comes to you being the mother of your children; you are the woman for the job.
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EP60 Forgive, Don't Forget
Forgive has seven letters, but depending on your level of pain, it sounds like a four letter word!
Forgiving the person or people who abandoned, abused, or violated when you were most vulnerable sounds like asking the impossible.
And I get it. I lived it.
You feel like forgiveness validates what they did. But in this episode, I present a different angle on forgiveness. One that moves you from victim to victor.
Are you in? Let’s talk about it.
EP59 Take the Limits Off!
Women talk about glass ceilings in the corporate space, but for those who experienced childhood trauma, there’s another kind.
The ceiling that says what your mother was like is all you’ll ever be as a mom.
If your mom was awesome, you may be happy to be half the mother she was.
But if your experience with your mom growing up was far from pleasant, are you satisfied with hitting your head against the ceiling of her limits?
Or are you up for breaking through? Let’s talk about it.
EP58 Therapeutic Journaling
If the thought of writing your thoughts and feelings in a journal sounds boring or worse frightening, in this episode, I talk about the benefits of journaling and the role it plays in maximizing your therapy sessions.
We're talking journaling from A to Z.
EP57 Just Get Over It
Trauma is traumatic. “Someone having it worse than you” doesn’t make your trauma less significant. And the fact that it happened as a child doesn’t mean it shouldn’t affect you now. So how do you respond to the pressure to “get over it?” Listen in.
When they say you can’t pick your family, it’s often about that embarrassing aunt or uncle or the cousin who asks to borrow money.
But the truth is you can’t pick your children either and that’s the tricky part of parenting.
It’s a stretch to find the beauty in the uniqueness of each child, especially if you were tolerated more than celebrated growing up.
In today's episode, we slay the cycle of rejection to embrace the truth that you were chosen just as you are. And yes, your kids too.
EP55 It's Okay to Need Help
When you’re assaulted as a child and no one notices, much comes to your rescue, you learn to fend for yourself. Later in life, you may even doubt the sincerity of those who offer to help because well—once burned twice shy.
But if you’ve noticed, life is getting stranger and harder. And the reality that no one should do life alone is clearer than ever.
And while it seems like the scariest time to let your guard down, it’s the only way to get the help you need to manage feelings about old trauma rising with feelings about today’s trauma.
Solo feels safe, but doesn’t always leave you sane. It’s okay to ask for help. 💜
Loving season 6 so far!!
As a mom who experienced childhood trauma, I Am really finding the season 6 episodes deeply moving. Vanessa speaks with candor and compassion to motivate me to want to be a better mom.
Every episode is an aha Moment!
I love her relatability, her stories, how she drops wisdom that is immediately actionable. A must follow podcast.
Support for Mothers
Great stuff! Plenty of wisdom and affirmation. There’s mothers out there that need this encouragement.