42 episodes

Motherhood is hard. We expect it to come naturally, feel instinctual and it doesn't. Then society puts on extra pressure with the Supermom ideal. Redefining Motherhood is a place to let go of those unrealistic expectations and understand that you are not alone. It's a place to get out from Supermom's shadow and follow your own, unique and authentic motherhood journey. It's a place to ditch the overwhelm, gain confidence and start enjoying the day-to-day of motherhood. Join host, Lynn Turcotte-Schuh, every other Friday morning for a new episode jam-packed with practical tips, life-changing mindset shifts and the most inspirational guests you'll find anywhere on the airwaves. Reheat your coffee (or Chai) for the 18th time today, grab your earbuds and join the movement to Redefine Motherhood...our way.

Redefining Motherhood Lynn Turcotte-Schuh, Educator & Mama Mentor

    • Kids & Family
    • 5.0 • 2 Ratings

Motherhood is hard. We expect it to come naturally, feel instinctual and it doesn't. Then society puts on extra pressure with the Supermom ideal. Redefining Motherhood is a place to let go of those unrealistic expectations and understand that you are not alone. It's a place to get out from Supermom's shadow and follow your own, unique and authentic motherhood journey. It's a place to ditch the overwhelm, gain confidence and start enjoying the day-to-day of motherhood. Join host, Lynn Turcotte-Schuh, every other Friday morning for a new episode jam-packed with practical tips, life-changing mindset shifts and the most inspirational guests you'll find anywhere on the airwaves. Reheat your coffee (or Chai) for the 18th time today, grab your earbuds and join the movement to Redefine Motherhood...our way.

    Episode 42: Understanding and Meeting Our Basic Needs with Kate Smith

    Episode 42: Understanding and Meeting Our Basic Needs with Kate Smith

    Kate Smith is a mother, early childhood educator, Certified Children's Yoga Teacher, and founder of the Conscious Mamas Movement, an educational platform that empowers caregivers with mindful tools to raise the next generation of conscious humans. Her work guides parents to do their inner healing work, build their emotional literacy skills, and show up as the present parents they want to be. She combines her decades worth of experience in holistic health to model a way of living well in parenthood. Kate embodies these skills as a single mother to her two year old Jefferson. 
    What we discuss in this episode:
    Kate shares her journey to single-motherhood and how she found her calling and started her businessWhat is emotional literacy and how can we learn to be more aware of our own emotions as we teach our kids about theirsKate shares a parenting moment where she got triggered by her toddler and how she identified her emotions and processed through themWhat to do when we know we need something, but aren't sure what that thing isHow to break the cycle of defining motherhood as "self-sacrifice"Resources and Links:
    Website: https://www.consciousmamasmovement.com/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/consciousmamasmovement/Membership: https://www.consciousmamasmovement.com/join-the-movementConnect with Lynn on instagram @HappyMamaWellness. Looking for more support with parenting and motherhood? Check out the Happy Mama Wellness Community here!

    • 38 min
    Ep 41 - Defining Your Message and Finding Your Voice with Kathleen Fordyce

    Ep 41 - Defining Your Message and Finding Your Voice with Kathleen Fordyce

    Kathleen Fordyce is a copywriter who harnesses the power of storytelling to help health, wellness and creative business owners level up their website copy and marketing so they can grow their business and make an impact in the lives of those they serve. She’s also a book addict, wife, and mom of two living in New York. 
    What we discuss in this episode:
    Kathleen shares her story of entering motherhood and finding her path after the death of her husbandHow to figure out what our message is and allowing that to evolve as our business growsKathleen shares how to create a messaging guide including goals, tone of voice and values and how to utilize it as you create copyCreating a bulleted list of copy goals or outline what you want to write to help us not go off on a tangentThe importance of truly knowing who you're serving and having specifics in your copy - and Kathleen even shares an example for usResources and Links:
    Website: KathleenFordyce.comInstagram: @katfordyceConnect with Lynn on instagram @HappyMamaWellness. Looking for more support with parenting and motherhood? Check out the Happy Mama Wellness Community here!

    • 41 min
    Ep 40 - On-Air Coaching Call with Community Member Megan

    Ep 40 - On-Air Coaching Call with Community Member Megan

    On-air Coaching Call time! We love these episodes because they are real-life and unscripted. Today I am chatting with Megan and her main question initially was "How do I react when my daughter does something that's really unacceptable?"...but the real question was "How do I regulate my emotions enough to do what I know I should be doing?"

    In this episode you'll find:
    How to respond to toddlers who are doing their work (biting, kicking, etc).How to respond to our kids when they have done something (like break a television) that they don't understand fully.A REAL LIFE PARENTING MOMENT that illustrates exactly what we talked about above - and then we unpack it.Why we sometimes regulate and sometimes we can't...and what to do about it.Here is a link to the IG Video that shows some fun breathing exercises: https://www.instagram.com/stories/highlights/18097717303157364/
    Connect with Lynn on instagram @HappyMamaWellness. Looking for more support with parenting and motherhood? Check out the Happy Mama Wellness Community here!

    • 35 min
    Ep. 39 - Whole Body Wellness with Shannon Wright

    Ep. 39 - Whole Body Wellness with Shannon Wright

    Shannon is an RN by trade who became a SAHM to 4 kids and entrepreneur with an ecommerce business to  encourage other moms to live with courage in whole body wellness.  
    What we discuss in this episode:
    Shannon shares her journey from being an RN to being a Mama of four who chose to stay home with her children but also wanted to honor who she is.The issue with defining motherhood with the "doing" rather than the "being".What Whole Body Wellness is and why we should be paying attention to it.Shannon's journey and experience with Postpartum Anxiety.How our Happy Mama Wellness Community monthly workbook highlights the wheel of life and if one spoke is broken, the wheel doesn't work.Lynn shares part of her journey with Postpartum Anxiety and how it came back in full force during COVID.How COVID added an extra layer of stress and anxiety and how that made asking for help and having support even more important.Shannon shares several of her go-to tools for addressing whole body wellness (from her "25 Whole Body Wellness Hacks for Busy Moms" linked below).Resources and Links:
    Website: https://msha.ke/shanwright/Instagram: @shanwright56Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/shannon.wright.355Shop: https://modere.co/3rKwa52 "25 Whole Body Wellness Hacks for Busy Moms" Free Download Black Friday Deal - Use Referral Code 3667346 Connect with Lynn on instagram @HappyMamaWellness. Looking for more support with parenting and motherhood? Check out the Happy Mama Wellness Community here!

    • 54 min
    Ep 38 - Birth as a Rite of Passage with Amelia Kriss

    Ep 38 - Birth as a Rite of Passage with Amelia Kriss

    Amelia Kriss is a Drama Therapist and Certified Coach in private practice in the Bay Area, California, where she lives with her husband and two powerhouse daughters. She works primarily with recovering people-pleasers and "Nice" girls who are ready to deconstruct self-shrinking patterns, and find more ease & joy.
     Amelia is also deeply committed to Birth Story Medicine work; helping birthing parents integrate, and move forward from, unresolved issues connected to the experience of giving birth. She believes that supporting parents through birthing as a rite of passage is an important (and too often missing) piece of creating healthier & happier families.
     Amelia is also a Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator and a director for therapeutic theatre. She is deeply interested in the connection between our personal healing journeys and our collective liberation.
     What we discuss in this episode:
    Amelia shares her own postpartum journey and the moment her husband asked her how she was. Her answer surprised her and helps to frame her transition into motherhood.What it really means when we get the message after a birth that says "Mom and Baby are healthy and happy."Why it is so important to prepare birthing people for the psychological and spiritual identity changes that come with the physical experience of birth. Why the information preparing families have access to leans towards one of two extremes and why both sides are just not complete. "Most of us hold both sides; fear AND trust."Growing humans is a bad-ass thing and we are strong enough to think about, and prepare for, all potential outcomes.What it means to be "empowered" as a parent. You have life experiences you can draw on as you prepare for birth. And how birth is like going on a hike.Amelia shares about her Group Coaching program - how she designed and it and how it will help expectant parents.How society steers us wrong in birth and motherhood and why Redefining Motherhood exists. How motherhood is not a role or an archetype but an experience.Lynn shares the experience that jolted her out of "survival mode" in motherhood.Amelia connects for us that there is a level of death/change/rebirth that takes place in the transition into motherhood. How it is mixed and messy and dynamic. How there is a ying and yang. Resources and Links:
    Website: https://ameliakriss.com/Instagram: @akcollaborativeUncharted: Anchoring Yourself in the Wild Terrain of Giving Birth Group Program: www.birthingforreal.com To book a Birth Story Medicine session with Amelia: https://ameliakriss.com/birth-story-medicineNewsletter for Pregnant People called Soft Cheese: https://ameliakriss.com/soft-cheeseConnect with Lynn on instagram @HappyMamaWellness. Looking for more support with parenting and motherhood? Check out the Happy Mama Wellness Community here!

    • 55 min
    Ep. 37 - Five Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me Before I Became a Mama

    Ep. 37 - Five Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me Before I Became a Mama

    The truth of matrescence, or the transition to motherhood, is that it's messy. It's overwhelming. It's a period of intense transition where you your mind, body and spirit feel out of control and you don't recognize the person in the mirror. You lose your confidence. You're caught between two worlds. You're stumbling to figure out who this new person is. What she likes. What she fears. What she needs. When you listen to your inner voice and go against the grain, you get Mom-Shamed and bullied...by other people going through the same thing you are. So when we say motherhood is hard. This is what we mean.
    And it's also beautiful. Mixed in with the exhaustion, the ambivalence, the guilt are moments of pure elation. Gratitude. Inspiration. Awe as you watch your child grow. You are on separate journeys of discovery...but you get to do it together and that is an incredible gift.
    So far all the Mamas out there who feel like they're failing. Who feel numb. Who feel burnt out and overwhelmed. Who feel alone. Who feel drained. Who feel deceived by society's narrative of motherhood, this episode is for you. These are the five things I wish I'd been told about motherhood before I began matrescence.

    Mamaste, Lynn 


    Connect with Lynn on instagram @HappyMamaWellness. Looking for more support with parenting and motherhood? Check out the Happy Mama Wellness Community here!

    • 16 min

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