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

    Thank you too, Melissa and Debby. I really appreciate how you handled such a difficult topic in a practical yet sensitive way. I know from the feedback, that our mum listeners have found it to be very useful, Lisa x

  2. Melissa and Debby
    Melissa and Debby says:

    Lisa, we wanted to thank you for having us on your Podcast – it was truly an enjoyable experience. We so appreciated your insightful questions that enabled us to share more about how to heal after a difficult or traumatic birth. And thank you for caring so much about mums – it really shows in your podcasts, and we feel very grateful to have this opportunity to reach more women and share the message that birth trauma is real…AND that it is possible to heal. Much love, Melissa and Debby xx

  3. Lisa York
    Lisa York says:

    I hope you enjoyed this very open and honest episode with Melissa and Debby. Did you feel supported and listened to while giving birth? Let me know in the comments! Lisa x

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