26 episodes

Secrets of the Motherworld is a podcast created to help mothers feel less alone. We're two psychotherapists with a special interest in parenting. Listeners send us their anonymous stories about their own experiences in the Motherworld -- experiences that are too intensely private to share anywhere else. Each week, we read a listener's story and give our own reflections. It's a thoughtful exploration of the most intimate aspects of motherhood.

Secrets of the Motherworld Lisa Marchiano and Stella O'Malley

    • Parenting

Secrets of the Motherworld is a podcast created to help mothers feel less alone. We're two psychotherapists with a special interest in parenting. Listeners send us their anonymous stories about their own experiences in the Motherworld -- experiences that are too intensely private to share anywhere else. Each week, we read a listener's story and give our own reflections. It's a thoughtful exploration of the most intimate aspects of motherhood.

    26: I Love Sharing a Bed with my Toddler

    26: I Love Sharing a Bed with my Toddler

    “My daughter is almost four, and I still put her to be by lying down with her at night. I love the sweetness of lying there with her at the end of the day. I work full-time so these moments of connection feel very precious.

    Many times, I fall asleep as well and often wind spending the night with her. She seems to sleep better when I stay with her at night. The truth is, I love sleeping and cuddling with her. "

    • 19 min
    25: “I regret having children… And I don’t know what to do”

    25: “I regret having children… And I don’t know what to do”

    “I regret having children. I have 4 of them. I don’t have any support. I’m a lone parent and my family see my kids as my responsibility. Two of my children have special needs and I wish that I could just turn back time.
    I wonder every day why I had my children. I am against abortion and that was why I had my first. I have felt this way for 18 months now – since my husband left me. And I don’t know what to do.”

    • 18 min
    24: “Will I Ever Forgive Myself for You Not Being Mine?”

    24: “Will I Ever Forgive Myself for You Not Being Mine?”

    “I fell in love with a man who had a child from a previous marriage. When we were dating, he told me that his child would always come first and showed me a photo of her that he always kept with him. I quickly answered that that was only natural. Of course, his child should come first."

    • 20 min
    23: “How do I tell my children that their mum and dad are splitting up?”

    23: “How do I tell my children that their mum and dad are splitting up?”

    Here’s the (edited) story we discuss this week:

    “How do I tell my children that their mum and dad are splitting up? My husband will be very difficult and immature about our split. He had an affair. He holds the purse-strings. Should I tell the kids about the affair? If I don’t they will hate me for wrecking the family.”

    • 20 min
    22: I dislike my daughter. She is 15. She is a troublemaker, a liar and sly

    22: I dislike my daughter. She is 15. She is a troublemaker, a liar and sly

    "I dislike my daughter. She is 15. She is a troublemaker, a liar and sly. When she was small she was a good, kind, nice girl with beautiful manners. She is in the middle, with an older and younger brother."

    • 21 min
    21: "I write as a daughter and a mother at the same time… "

    21: "I write as a daughter and a mother at the same time… "

    “I guess I write as a daughter and a mother at the same time. Almost two years ago my mother had a financial crisis and the only solution I saw at the time was to offer her to live with us until she could figure things out. "

    • 17 min

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