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005: Overcoming the Challenges of the Early Years | Libby Lennon

Get through those intense few years of motherhood by staying positive and taking action.

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Today’s episode of Mum-to-Mum Monday is all about overcoming the challenges of the early years. We’ve all been there, your baby won’t stop crying, smelly nappies need changing, toddlers having meltdowns in the middle of the supermarket, negotiating red shoes versus blue shoes with your three year old and all topped off with a copious sprinkling of sleepless nights.

It’s a really busy time, and as mums we can often end up feeling exhausted and overwhelmed. But don’t despair because my guest today will help you see through the fog.

SuperMum, Libby Lennon and her husband have three busy boys aged 6, 3 and 2, and for a while there, they had three children under four. Libby’s eldest son started school this year, which is the beginning of a new chapter in their lives. It adds a new dynamic with getting out of the house on time in the morning and she still has two pre-schoolers and a part time job to contend with.

Despite all the balls that Libby keeps in the air, and the huge volume of work that she faces every single day, she does it with a spring in her step and a positive attitude. Libby has such a bright and energetic soul, and I know you’ll love her.

Even if you’ve come out of the chaos of the pre-school years, Libby is well worth listening to, because you can nod in agreement and say, ‘I remember it well’.

Libby’s really frank and honest about the challenges that the early years throw at you, but she gives us her own real life examples plus the actionable steps that she took. Amongst the chaos, she’s managed her own needs in the scraps of spare time that she’s able to scrape together.

By being personally fulfilled and happy, Libby’s better able to serve her family. Because of this, she’s successfully been able to stay positive, manage her mindset, and in years to come she’ll be able to look back at these intense early years with fondness because she’s genuinely enjoying the journey.


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In this episode, you’ll find out:

  • How Libby reconciles the fact that her life before kids is very different to the life she has now
  • The biggest challenge Libby’s faced as a mum, and how she overcame it
  • How Libby stays in touch with the person she was before she had children
  • The strategies Libby uses that helps her cope so well as a mother
  • How Libby stays positive despite being rushed off her feet
  • Libby’s mindset around doing the best for her children in the long term
  • Libby’s opinion of change and how she deals with it
  • How Libby feels about jumping off the career ladder and her career plans for the future


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 Hope you enjoy todays show!

Leave a comment:

Don’t forget to tell us in the comments. What stage are you at and what has your experince of the early years been? If you’re feeling overwhelmed and a bit lost, do leave a comment and Libby and I and some of the other SuperMums will be able to offer you some reassurance.

Now, Go Conquer Motherhood!

Lisa York x

Show Notes:

BOOK: Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg

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Lisa York

Lisa believes a happy mum brings up happy kids who become happy adults. With four children aged 7, 6, 4 and 2, being kind to herself is an ongoing challenge. But she’s trying.

Lisa lives with her family in Canberra, Australia.

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8 replies
  1. Lisa York | SuperMum
    Lisa York | SuperMum says:

    It’s often hard to accept help because we feel guilty that we’re putting on people. Truth is, they probably feel tremendous satisfaction in being useful, so accept, accept, accept!!

  2. Mandie
    Mandie says:

    It is tricky! I will, I will, I will get better, thanks for the inspiration

  3. Libby Lennon
    Libby Lennon says:

    Thanks for your lovely comment Mandie! I’m glad you enjoyed listening. I hope you’re able to find that balance between independence and accepting help. It’s really tricky and everyone’s situation is different. Best of luck!

  4. Mandie
    Mandie says:

    I love that! What a positive and beautiful soul you are Libby, my boys are 7 and 8 now and I was agreeing with everything you said about the younger years. My biggest takeaway was accepting help, being so independent I still struggle with that!

  5. Lisa York | SuperMum
    Lisa York | SuperMum says:

    Here, here! You’re a great roll model Cecily. We watch and we learn!

  6. Libby Lennon
    Libby Lennon says:

    Thanks Cecy!! I learnt so much about motherhood from you! I was lucky to have such a fine example to follow.

  7. Cecily Thornton
    Cecily Thornton says:

    I am in the world of teenagers right now, but I remember those sleep-deprived nights with babies and toddlers! Great advice Libby! I agree – keep the faith, maintain your particular interests as much as you can and cherish those friendships!

  8. Lisa York | SuperMum
    Lisa York | SuperMum says:

    What stage are you at with your family? What has your experince of the early years been?

    If you’re feeling overwhelmed and a bit lost, make sure you leave a comment and Libby and I and some of the other SuperMums will be able to offer you some reasurance.

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