The Supermum Myth

Become a happier mum by overcoming anxiety, ditching guilt and embracing imperfection using CBT and mindfulness techniques

By Anya Hayes and Dr Rachel Andrew 
ISBN: 9781910336342
Pages: 240
RRP: £12.99

Empowers mums to stop feeling like they’re not good enough, as they strive to be ‘Supermum’ – and start having confidence in their parenting. Uses CBT, mindfulness and narrative therapies to dismiss negative thoughts, learn to stop comparing yourself to others and to be a happier mum.

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As mums, we’ve all had that feeling of “not being good enough”, not measuring up to expectations of how we should be doing – where parenting is concerned this is a really unhelpful trap to fall into, and doesn’t help you or your children. It can lead to feelings of anxiety, guilt and failure. Especially if you’re attaining to be an unrealistic figure: Supermum.

What if you were able to dwell on the good stuff rather than the bad? To have confidence in your decisions, trust your gut, and let go of your skewed vision of ‘perfect parenting’? The key is to find a way to navigate through any unhelpful thought patterns, to find a more positive, healthier outlook.

This is a book for those seeking to find that shift in perception: to turn around your negative mindset, to view your own achievements in a different light, to be kinder to yourself. It uses CBT, mindfulness and other established therapies to help you to rebuild your confidence in your own parenting style and drown out the niggling competitive doubts. The sooner you do this, the sooner you can enjoy parenting your kids, and they will thank you for it. Embracing the imperfect, being good enough.

With easy-to-follow activities combining a blend of other psychological strategies, the book walks you through exactly how to unpick your bad thinking habits. Author Anya Hayes and clinical psychologist Dr Rachel Andrew give you in-the-moment solutions to common parenting flashpoints, as well as enabling you to create robust, positive and flexible ways to approach parenting decisions in the future.

About the authors

 

Anya Hayes

Anya Hayes is a writer specialising in pregnancy, motherhood, pregnancy pilates and wellness. Anya lives in South London with her husband and two children.

Find her at motherswellnesstoolkit.wordpress.com.

Dr Rachel Andrew

Dr Rachel Andrew is a clinical psychologist specialising in the emotional well-being of children, young people and families. Rachel is keen to share her knowledge about the emotional health of children and young people and she is the on screen psychologist for Channel 4’s BAFTA nominated teenage anger management series Don’t Make Me Angry and works behind the scenes on Channel 4’s Hoarder SOS and CBBC’s The Worst Witch.

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