Educational Series

In conversation with Jerilee Claydon

Jerilee is an accredited senior clinical psychotherapist and doctoral researcher, specialising in natural parenting. As a co-founder of 'Therapy Space' and creator of the online program 'PAUSE', she supports individuals and families on their journey. With expertise in attachment and parenting, Jerilee is passionate about guiding women through the transformative transition of 'Matrescence'. A devoted mother of two, she brings a holistic approach to nurturing healthy parent-child relationships.

The Art of Preparation

As we embark on the enchanting journey of parenthood, my first sharing is dedicated to the art of preparation, setting the stage for the beautiful chapter ahead.

In recent years there has been a shift and woman are reclaiming the role of motherhood, once devalued and labelled as unskilled. Recognising the profound impact on brain development and future success, mothers now choose to meet their infants' needs with a deep understanding of the lifelong effects on emotional and academic well-being. Embracing motherhood is not only a conscious decision but also acknowledged as the most important role a woman will ever have.

To navigate the challenges of motherhood, one of the initial steps is to reflect on your own childhood experiences.

To navigate the challenges of motherhood, one of the initial steps is to reflect on your own childhood experiences.

Unveiling Parenting Realities: Addressing the Hidden Aspects

Unveiling the "skeletons in the closet" of parenting research brings to light the often overlooked, yet impactful, family issues that shape parenting dynamics. These concealed challenges, ranging from past traumas to undisclosed family complexities, play a significant role in influencing the way parents navigate the delicate journey of raising children. Exploring and addressing these hidden aspects can offer valuable insights for fostering healthier family relationships. What may have laid dormant for many years will often resurface when we become parents.

Here's a simple activity to try at home…

Engaging in self-reflective exercises proves beneficial in addressing past traumas. A gentle starting point involves contemplating the values and traditions you wish to uphold when creating your own family. Consider what aspects you want to retain and what you'd like to modify, and discuss these thoughts openly with your partner.

How can I prepare emotionally?

Preparing for the Extraordinary

As you ready yourself for the miraculous journey of motherhood, consider the significance of emotional readiness. Infuse your lifestyle with practices that support overall well-being, from personal reflection to nourishing nutrition. Picture these preparations as the initial strokes on the canvas of an exquisite masterpiece.

Surrendering to the Role

When the challenges of motherhood feel overwhelming, pause and reflect: Am I trying to control the situation, or can I find ease in surrendering to the present moment.

The role of a mother unfolds like the petals of a delicate flower, each phase demanding a graceful surrender to the evolving responsibilities. Surrendering does not imply loss but rather a blend of strength and flexibility, valued above all else. It is much like a dance with the changing seasons. Embrace the transformation with an open heart, knowing that each step is a part of the refined choreography of motherhood. When the challenges of motherhood feel overwhelming, pause and reflect: Am I trying to control the situation, or can I find ease in surrendering to the present moment.

Elevating Your Lifestyle

Embodying a refined lifestyle goes beyond mere aesthetics; it's a reflection of your choices, values, and the intentional steps you take toward a radiant and fulfilling life. Elevate your lifestyle by curating a nurturing environment, and engaging in practices that align with your values. As you traverse the path to motherhood, let the essence of preparation, values, and surrender be the guiding stars, you're poised to create a masterpiece – a life filled with the grace of motherhood in all its beauty and wisdom.