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Secrets of the Motherworld

44 EpisodesProduced by Lisa Marchiano and Stella O'MalleyWebsite

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 e… read more

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44: “The whole family is walking on eggshells.”

June 30th, 2020

45:32

“I would like to hear your thoughts on how parents can speak about the elephant in the room. 

My daughter is 15 and we have experienced school …

43: “My daughter is overweight.”

June 23rd, 2020

21:04

My 13 year-old daughter is overweight and I don't know how to handle this. 

We have always had food problems in the family as  my husband has battled …

42: “It's the world that's crazy -- not us parents.”

June 16th, 2020

25:11

“Hi Lisa and Stella. This is not so much of a question, but a warm and heartfelt THANK YOU. I think (hope!) that we're slowly getting to the end of some really tough years.

Two years ago our youngest daughter at 13 …

41: “I don’t trust her decision making.”

June 9th, 2020

24:31

 A year ago when our ADD student daughter then aged 21 revealed to my husband and myself that she was on a waiting list to have cross sex treatment, …

40: “I know we should love the child we have and not wish them to be different but I can't help having these thoughts.”

June 2nd, 2020

17:40

“I worry that my boy is not very clever and I am secretly embarrassed and ashamed about this. 

My family is over-invested in achievement and …

39: “My work has "juice" for me now while parenting just feels hard and draining.”

May 26th, 2020

21:24

“I'm feeling incredibly disconnected from my kids right now.

I'm the main breadwinner and my husband stays home with them. When they were little, I stayed home with them and I loved it, but now I am spending most of my …

38: “My sense of disappointment feels selfish.”

May 19th, 2020

18:59

“I'm a single mom and I've always worked full time while raising my kids. 

My youngest is graduating from high school this year and I've been …

37: “Now, with the Coronavirus, she won't have any of the ceremonial endings that seem important to her.”

May 12th, 2020

18:40

“My 12 year-old is leaving school this year and now, with the Coronavirus, she won't have any of the ceremonial endings that seem to important to …

36: “We never told my parents.”

April 28th, 2020

22:11

“I come from a close family. My parents have been involved in all aspects of my children’s lives and are extremely special to them. I have one adult …

35: “Should I ask him if he’s still transgender?”

April 21st, 2020

20:42

A year ago, my 16 year old son told us he is transgender. I was completely shocked, as he is not particularly feminine.

My son was very emotional and …

34: “My child is very anxious about the Coronavirus.”

April 14th, 2020

23:28

“My child is very anxious about the coronavirus. 

I'm a nurse and she doesn't want me to go to work. I take all the precautions and I have explained this to her but she just becomes more anxious if we speak about it. 

33: “My teen won’t stay at home during lockdown.”

April 7th, 2020

21:27

“Any advice for a 14 year old son who won't stay at home during the coronavirus lockdown? I have a husband who is considered vulnerable. 

When we …

032: “She’s dressed like a boy.”

March 31st, 2020

21:09

“When our daughter went to school dressed as The Gruffalo (for World Book Day) another child dressed as a Disney princess commented ‘...she’s dressed …

031: “I still wonder how my husband had the time and space to cheat on me.”

March 24th, 2020

20:25

“I never thought this will happen to me. I had a family, we were not perfect together but it worked and we were good at raising our sons. I still wonder how my husband as a stay-home dad found the time and the space to …

30: “I’m burnt-out from parenting.”

March 17th, 2020

19:27

“I have been feeling burned out of parenting. It’s increased along with my age and I wonder if it’s because I had my 15 year old at age 42 that now …

29: “My ex has transitioned to a woman and I worry for my children.”

March 10th, 2020

19:51

“My ex transitioned to a woman 4 years ago and I am concerned about the impact this is having on my children. They meet her every week but the emphasis is always on my ex – how she is now a woman; the latest clothes she …

28: “My daughter oozes disgust for me.”

March 3rd, 2020

22:19

“I screwed up when raising my first child. I am still not quite sure what has been going wrong. I do a lot to figure out how to be a good parent and work hard to understand her. I read tons of books, listen to podcasts, …

27: "I feel like I’m failing every day"

February 25th, 2020

21:42

“I‘m scared that I won't heal fast enough I grew up with difficult family circumstances and a complete emotional neglect. In my early twenties I had …

26: I Love Sharing a Bed with my Toddler

February 18th, 2020

19:26

“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 …

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

February 11th, 2020

18:46

“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 …

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

February 4th, 2020

20:02

“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 …

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

January 28th, 2020

20:25

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 …

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

January 21st, 2020

21:51

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

“I dislike my daughter. She is 15. She is a troublemaker, a liar and sly. When she was small she was …

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

January 14th, 2020

17:47

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

 

“I guess I write as a daughter and a mother at the same time. Almost two years ago my mother had a …

20: “How could I best have supported my son when he was ill and totally dependent on his fathers’ money to survive - when I myself have a low income?”

January 7th, 2020

17:37

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

 

“I divorced the father of my son about 20 years ago (my initiative). Our son was hurt in a car accident and got whiplash after that .He needed orthopedic treatment , …

19: “I love spending time with her… She is so funny.”

December 31st, 2019

22:30

Here’s the story we discuss this week:

“I’m a happy working part time married mom of a little one-year-old girl. I work from home and she is minded …

18: My eldest son was extremely aggressive and intensely angry

December 24th, 2019

24:12

“Simply put; unconditional love, ‘I love you regardless, I love you no matter what, I'll always be here for you’. 

My eldest son went to hell and …

17: “We still get together and we all talk on chat threads and the laughter is there, but that intense, bump-up-against-each-other, kind of existence was way too short. It SEEMED to last forever, but it didn't. And it will never happen again. And I miss

December 17th, 2019

16:34

“We still get together and we all talk on chat threads and the laughter is there, but that intense, bump-up-against-each-other, kind of existence was way too short. It SEEMED to last forever, but it didn't. And it will …

16: “I started to have terrible intrusive thoughts about hurting my kids"

December 10th, 2019

20:25

Here’s the story we discuss this week:

This is part of the story when I could have used help.
I was under a tremendous amount of stress. My marriage …

15: "I hit my daughter today. I slapped her in a rage. She looked frightened of me.”

December 3rd, 2019

20:12

“I hit my daughter today. I slapped her in a rage. She looked frightened of me.


This girl presses my buttons every day. The other two kids, my boys, are so much easier.


Any yet I get on with my daughter best. When …

14: “I see other kids his age going after big goals, and my child just doesn’t seem motivated at all. He has so much talent, but he’s just not using it!”

November 26th, 2019

22:22

Here’s the story we discuss this week:

“My oldest son is incredibly academically gifted. School just comes easily for him, and it always has. The …

13: “Something I found hard becoming a mom was realizing how wrong my parents were in how they had raised me and how hard it is to break those cycles.”

November 19th, 2019

19:10

Here’s the story we discuss this week:

 

“Something I found hard becoming a mom was realizing how wrong my parents were in how they had raised me and how hard it is to break those cycles. 

My father being tyrannical. …

12: “The reason I’m writing is because nobody ever talks about the heartbreak of estrangement between a mother and a daughter”

November 12th, 2019

23:32

Here’s the story we discuss this week:

 

“The long story would be a book but the short story goes something like this. 

When my daughter was 16 she …

11: “It was his Rapid Onset Gender Dysphoria that broke me.”

November 5th, 2019

21:52

Here’s the story we discuss this week:

“My 17 year old, has undiagnosed high-functioning Autism, a high IQ, a history of school refusal, debilitating …

10: “I’m terrified he’s heading into his genetic propensity for addiction regardless of his upbringing.”

October 29th, 2019

20:48

“I’m on the verge of empty nesting & watching both kids launch into life. My son left 2 years ago & has derailed into intoxicants & …

09: “At This Point in My Life, I Have Lost Who I Am.”

October 22nd, 2019

18:57

Here’s the story we discuss this week:

 

“I had my beautiful son when I was 32. We tried for 2 years to conceive.


When I was 6 months pregnant I was …

08: I Have No Idea What Rules to Set and How Strict to Be

October 15th, 2019

22:51

Here’s the story we discuss this week:

 

“My 5 year old son wants to use the tablet to play games constantly. I let him play on it when I am nursing …

07: The Instinct of Birth

October 8th, 2019

23:11

Here’s the story we discuss this week:

“My own mother always made a point of telling me how terrible it had been to give birth to me, that her body was wrecked in the process and that women in our family must not be …

06: My Only Child has Schizophrenia

October 1st, 2019

21:16

Here’s the story we discuss this week:

 

“My only child has severe paranoid schizophrenia and also borderline personality disorder. I did everything possible to keep her safe, medicated and in her own apartment for 10 …

05: Online, She is Fully Male

September 24th, 2019

22:35

Here’s the story we discuss this week:

 

“I once shared a story with my daughter (age 14) of a time when my work friends and school friends somehow …

04: Removing “Guilt” from the Lexicon

September 17th, 2019

24:31

Here’s the story we discuss this week:

“How can we remove the words ‘guilt’ and ‘failure’ from the parenting lexicon? I’m sick of reading about Mother’s Guilt as if it’s a norm. The manner in which motherhood is …

03: “I Decided To Let the Baby Cry to Sleep”

September 10th, 2019

23:52

Here’s the story we discuss this week:

“When my first boy was born, I was so overwhelmed and confused about everything. My boy Is a sensitive child and until today he needs a lot of reassurance and I did not understand …

02: "We Don’t Belong to the Club of Normal Family Life"

September 10th, 2019

21:20

Here’s this week’s story:

“Discussions and articles seldom mention parents bringing up children with disabilities, in particular non-verbal children. …

01: Motherhood Doesn’t Come Naturally

August 26th, 2019

23:01

Here’s our story for this week

“I don't feel like pregnancy, motherhood and its sacrifices come naturally to me. I wish women were able to lay an egg and then the father sits on it for 9 months. I do my job and love my …

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