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Embracing Imperfection and Cultivating Self-Compassion


Empowering mothers through psychology-informed coaching and mental health support

Motherhood is a journey filled with joy, challenges, and profound moments of growth. Yet, amidst the beauty of nurturing and raising our children, many mothers find themselves grappling with feelings of inadequacy, guilt, and the relentless pursuit of perfection. As someone whose profession is to help mums through psychology-informed coaching, I've had the privilege of witnessing the complexities of this journey firsthand. In this article, we'll explore four staggering statistics that shed light on common struggles among mothers and delve into psychological insights and coaching strategies to navigate these challenges with grace and resilience.


Research reveals that 79% of mums strive for perfection, while 94% report feelings of guilt on a regular basis. This dual burden of perfectionism and guilt underscores the pervasive pressure to meet unrealistic standards of motherhood. From curated images on social media to societal expectations, the pursuit of perfection can take a toll on a mother's mental and emotional well-being.


As someone who supports mums through psychology-informed coaching, I encourage mothers to challenge the myth of perfection and embrace the concept of "good enough" parenting. By reframing perfectionistic tendencies and addressing the roots of guilt, mothers can alleviate the burden of unattainable standards and cultivate self-compassion.


Moreover, 21% of mums express feelings of guilt all the time, highlighting the profound impact of societal pressures and internalized beliefs on maternal self-worth. As a coach, I emphasize the importance of cultivating a positive self-image rooted in self-compassion and authenticity.


Through mindfulness practices, strengths-based approaches, and narrative coaching, mothers can challenge negative self-talk and embrace their inherent worthiness. Coaching strategies such as goal-setting, affirmations, and boundary-setting empower mothers to recognize their unique strengths and celebrate their accomplishments.


Motherhood is a multifaceted journey marked by triumphs, challenges, and moments of profound growth. By acknowledging the common struggles illuminated by these statistics and integrating psychology-informed coaching strategies, mothers can navigate the complexities of motherhood with grace and resilience. Together, let us embark on this transformative journey of self-discovery and growth.





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Feb 27
Rated 5 out of 5 stars.

Self-compassion and being realistic is everything!

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Feb 21
Rated 5 out of 5 stars.

Super insightful!

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