Mama, You Are Enough
Discover How the Key to Thriving is Embracing Your Shadow Emotions
Being a mother is a hard, tiresome role that, although not regularly discussed, can often bring up feelings of sadness, anxiety, anger, disgust, and embarrassment, or as clinical psychologist and mother Claire Nicogossian, PsyD, calls them, shadow emotions. This compilation of clinical advice and practical strategies guides struggling mothers through understanding these shadow emotions, working on overcoming them and ultimately moving to a place of self-care, where they can enjoy mothering their children once again.
Dr. Claire offers readers treatment from a variety of angles, with professional advice drawn from her 20 years as a psychologist, and personal insight from both her own experiences as a mother of four and the stories of her patients who’ve experienced similar hardships in parenting. The clinical focus explores different shadow emotions, helping mothers analyze the core of these feelings and identify triggers within themselves, suggesting strategies for cooling down, staying in control and working through the negative emotion. Unlike other parenting self-help books that focus on telling women to remain happy and positive, Claire teaches practical solutions, skills and strategies to help mothers move away from being controlled by their negative emotions and anxieties surrounding parenting, and into a place of well-being and balance.
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- Wheel of Self-Care in Motherhood
- The MotherMood Wheel of Emotions
- Understand + Manage Your Anger Chart
Mama, You Are Enough
The truth is that shadow moments are part of motherhood. When we normalize these feelings by talking openly and honestly, without judging what mothers are feeling, we accomplish multiple things: We create a response of compassion without judgment; we help moms move from a place of being ashamed for what they feel to accepting their feelings; and we help moms open up to finding solutions and skills to manage shadow emotions, which I believe is the path to thriving in motherhood.
Praise & Endorsements
Being a mom is hard—and most books set the bar even higher! Mama, You Are Enough shares the real secrets to thriving as a parent: learning how to manage your emotions and show yourself deep compassion. This is essential reading for all moms.
As a new mom, one of the most challenging things is managing the intense and
seemingly conflicting emotions. In Mama, You Are Enough Dr. Claire Nicogossian reminds us that these emotions are normal and okay. Whether we’re feeling weepy and sad, exhausted and inexplicably angry, or downright giddy with joy, we are enough — for our kids and for ourselves. Nicogossian gives us the permission we didn’t know we need to feel all these emotions so that we can embrace the experience of motherhood with a full and open heart.
Mothers around the world are standing up to say ‘this needs to get better,’—Claire’s book is their rallying cry. It is beautifully written, thoughtfully crafted, genuine, and oh-so needed. Claire’s expertise and gentle guidance combine into a true gift for mothers. This book will change lives.
Mama, You Are Enough provides the support and encouragement that every mother in the world needs. I recommend this book to every mom I know. Motherhood will always have its challenges, but Dr. Claire’s insights, compassion and wisdom remind us that we don’t have to go through them alone.
About Dr. Claire
About Dr. Claire
Claire Nicogossian Psy. D. is a licensed clinical psychologist and Clinical Instructor in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, with over two decades of experience. In the last ten years, Claire has specialized her practice in maternal mental-health and well-being. She also founded MomsWellBeing.com, and online resource that’s helped thousands of parents increase self-care. Claire currently lives and practices in Rhode Island.