Let’s talk about Matrescence by Tasha Miller
While in our culture there is much focus and preparation dedicated to pregnancy and welcoming a new baby, there is often little support provided to women as they give birth to themselves – as a mother.
Matrescense, a term coined by Dana Raphael, Ph.D. (1973), refers to the remarkable developmental period of time in which a person becomes a mother. Much like the adolescent period that we have all experienced earlier in life, this transformative period is full of hormonal shifts and brain changes, emotional growth, psychological development, and much fluctuation .
For the majority of parents, confidence doesn’t happen immediately after their child is in their arms. It happens over time, through physical and emotional changes that are sophisticated and challenging.
In other words, becoming a parent is just that – a BECOMING. Every single person’s process looks different and takes its own time. And it recurs to some degree with the addition of each new child.
If you are feeling challenged by the transition into parenthood, no matter how far along you are in your parenting journey, know this:
👉It’s normal to feel unsure and uncertain.
👉It’s normal to not love every moment. Or even most of the moments.
👉It’s normal to need support and loving care.
When we can better understand our experiences, we can better measure our expectations and needs. You don’t have to do it alone.
Mother Mentors aims to wrap families of young children up in emotional and practical support as they navigate life and parenthood.
Whether you meet us at Playscape, go shopping in our FREE Parent Pantry, or work with one of our in-home mentors, we are here to meet you and your children with open arms and understanding.
What kind of support would or would’ve helped you in your Matrescence? Feel free to share below 👇