Sharing the Emotional Labour of Motherhood

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Rhythm, Routine and Reverence

In this episode, I interview Beth Berry: coach, teacher, mother of four and author of the aptly titled book Motherwhelmed. Beth helps mothers get more of what they want and need to feel fulfilled and empowered despite the odds.

Beth and I discuss what emotional labour is, how it’s different from physical labour and how it most often falls onto the shoulders of mothers in the home. She shares how we can begin to find more space for our own self-care, sense of identity and creative spirit and why carving out this time for ourselves is so very important.


00:00:45: Meet Beth Berry

00:05:33: Unpacking Emotional vs. Physical Labor

00:08:06: The Power of Community in Motherhood

00:15:07: Embracing Radical Honesty in Motherhood

00:21:32: Self-Care: A Vital Component of Motherhood

00:29:25: Role Modeling for Our Children

00:36:22: Finding Stability Through Routines, Rhythms, and Rituals in Motherhood

00:45:22: Exploring the Deep Need for Connection in Motherhood

00:50:09: Discover Resources and Programs Offered by Beth

To access the full transcript of this episode, please follow this link.

For more information about Beth’s work, visit her website

If you want to explore more of the systems I use to share the mental load, you can check out my offerings here.

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Meagan Wilson is a parent educator and author of the now-retired seasonal series of Whole Family Rhythms. After finishing a BA, she went on to complete her Foundations in Steiner Education and Anthroposophy at Sydney Steiner College, as well as her Waldorf Early Childhood Certification at the Rudolf Steiner Centre in Toronto. She has received her certification as a Simplicity Parenting Family Life Coach and has supported hundreds of parents to create a strong family rhythm unique to their own values and culture. She has four young children. Meagan provides resources, support and information to parents who are looking for a bridge to cross between their unique family life and their children’s (often but not always) Waldorf schools.


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