By Emily Tonn, RMHCI
There are many different kinds of mothers. While mothers have their own personal identity, all mothers share some commonalities. Every family system, and each mother within, is unique, and brings individualized challenges.
Mothers often feel as though they are expected to be strong and “keep it all together”. These external and/or internal expectations can often lead to feelings of isolation, loneliness, confusion and guilt.
Starting this month, Pamper Your Mind is kicking off a series of support groups created for you. These support groups, led by professional therapists, will offer validation, insight and inspiration. Most importantly, women will have a chance to spend time with other women who are experiencing similar challenges. The group setting will provide an opportunity for shared understanding and supportive growth. Each therapist at Pamper Your Mind will be leading groups based upon their areas of expertise. I will be leading two distinct groups focusing on mothers.
The first group, which will meet on the 2nd Thursday of each month, will be for Mothers of Children with Special Needs. This group will focus on parental self-care, time management, stress management and resource sharing.
The second group, The Caring Step-Mother, will meet the 4th Thursday of each month. If you are a Step-Mother, you understand the unique challenges of a blended family. This group will help you navigate effectively through these challenges.
While you likely have friends and family in your current circle that you can talk to, support groups provide an opportunity for deeper understanding and the expansion of your support network. If you or someone you care about could benefit from this group, please plan to attend.
It is common to feel some apprehension about walking into this type of setting. It is our experience that participants quickly feel relief and leave with a sense of empowerment. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to discuss how you personally might benefit from either group.