021: Self Care is Vital and Here’s the Proof | Lauren Wills

Who we are, as people, is a far more accurate and profound predictor of who our kids will be than what we know about parenting

[Brené Brown]


In today’s episode of Mum-to-Mum Monday we’ll be discussing a research study that is currently being conducted into the well-being of mothers of pre-school aged children.

My guest today is SuperMum, Lauren Wills.

Lauren has an 8 year old daughter, and a son who is 5, and is a Life Coach for Mums. She’s passionate about helping women reclaim their inner spark and live a life they love.

Lauren has a Master of Social Work from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia and is currently a PhD candidate studying the well-being of pre-school mothers.

In her work, Lauren has discovered that there’s a tremendous amount of research into the institution of motherhood, but sadly, we often don’t get to hear about it.

But she’s determined to change that, because Lauren believes that when more information is readily available to us mothers, we’ll stop feeling like our problems are exclusively ours, or that we have to work out a solution and deal with those challenges by ourselves.

Lauren’s research has shown that a mother’s well-being has a more positive an impact on her child than her education, her employment, the number of hours her child spends in day care or any other factors. Read that again. It’s really significant.

I’m excited that Lauren is joining us today to share her knowledge and findings, and in doing so, gives us the kick-start we need to start prioritising our own well-being.


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In this episode, you’ll find out:

  • How Lauren came to research the well-being of pre-school mums, and why her study is so important
  • How traditional feminist views clash with the way women want to be as a mother, and how those views are being changed
  • How and why your identity changes when you became a mother
  • What research has taught us about what makes mums happy
  • The practical plans Lauren has to use the findings from her study to help women like us in the trenches of motherhood
  • How Lauren’s PhD study and professional work has impacted her personal life as a mum



 Hope you enjoy todays show!


Please leave a comment:

If you have a question or want some advice from an experienced Life Coach for Mums, Lauren and I would love to hear from you.

Let us know in the comments, do you pay enough attention to your own self-care despite how busy life is? And what can you do to improve your well-being as a mum?

Now, Go Conquer Motherhood!

Lisa York x

Show Notes:

LAUREN’S WEBSITE: Lauren Wills Coaching

BOOK RECOMMENDATION: The Mommy Myth: The Idealization of Motherhood and How It Has Undermined All Women by Susan Douglas and Meredith Michaels

PROFILE: Andrea O’ReillyMatricentric Feminism

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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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  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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