When mom is well, all is well!

From this list, identify actual needs that are not fulfilled.

  • Affection
  • Appreciation
  • Tenderness
  • Recognition
  • Freedom
  • Leisure
  • Balance
  • Solitude
  • Fulfillment
  • Expression
  • Reassurance
  • Support
  • Enjoyment
  • Mental stimulation
  • Sharing
  • Resourcing
  • Love
  • Approval
  • Friendship
  • Privacy

I often heard mothers saying that they would appreciate being alone at home to have more time to do what they wanted. Reading without being interrupted, taking a bath or taking a little nap! This option is cheap and accessible but they do not dare to ask their husband t leave the house with the baby. Once again, this difficulty to admit that we need to do something else than taking care of our child shows up!

Guilt is another considerable obstacle when it is time to think about us. Some will say “what is the point in going out? I only think about my baby!” Do not wait for your guilt to go away before you do something because you could wait for an awfully long time! Take your guilt outside! After a while, it will lose strength, it might even vanish.

The list of reasons not to take care of us is long and there are many obstacles too! Our engagement towards ourselves will make the difference between action and stagnation. Think about it, what will you do today to fulfill one of your needs?

Isabelle Dagenais
Lecturer on mother’s well-being

Since the birth of her first daughter, Isabelle Dagenais has chosen to use her knowledge as a sex therapist and social worker and put it to use to help mothers. She has created Lecture/Workshops “Être maman” to help mothers with their emotional, social and sexual well-being. For more information on her lectures and workshops, visit her website.

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