Self-care can be so many different things for so many different people. Maybe it’s going to therapy. Maybe it’s listening to music. Maybe it’s vacumming.Caitlin, from MamaPsychologists
Caitlin & Chelsea are both Registered Psychologists. Caitlin is a mom of 2. She has a little boy who is 3 and a one year old little girl, which keeps her super busy and on the go! Chelsea is a mom of 1. Her son was very eager and arrived at 27 weeks gestation and has recently turned one.
They both run private practices, provide virtual support for Alberta based clients, and together have created MamaPsychologists to provide psycho-education support to parents everywhere. Between the two of them, they have specialization or training in perinatal mental health, children’s mental health, trauma, parenting concerns, and attachment-based therapy. They offer support on parent concerns, children’s mental health, perinatal mental health (postpartum anxiety and/or depression, parental burnout, transition to motherhood), birth trauma/NICU, and parenting attachment therapy.
Advice for the Post-Partum Period & Surviving Toddlers:
- Recognize how long the post-partum period is: longer than you think it is.
- Buckle your toddler in the carseat and breathe. They’re safe & you can take a mental break.
- Book a Zoom Grandparent date once a week.
- Know that kids are super resilient, even when they’re not constantly with other kids during this pandemic season.
- Give them concerted heart-to-heart contact throughout the day, but don’t worry: they don’t need constant engagement.
- Daily speak mama mantras to remind yourself what is true.
- Carve out time alone every day.
- Set time limits on your work at home.
- Allow for all your toddler’s emotions, and validate them, so they can learn emotional regulation.
You can find Chelsea & Caitlin online at:
- their instagram page, MamaPsychologists
- their website, Mama Psychologists
- their facebook page, Mama Psychologists
They currently have a 3-ebook bundle focused on a postpartum coping plan, parenting toddlers with big emotions, and behavioural struggles (i.e. screen time, meal time, and bedtime).
Get more encouragement in the book: Homeschool Mama Self-Care: Nurturing the Nurturer
Call to Adventure by Kevin MacLeod