Motherhood Unmasked

Motherhood Unmasked

Why wrestle with mom guilt and secret overwhelm and while trying to prove you have it all together? Motherhood isn't about carefully curated images in a social media feed or popularity with your kids. It's a beautiful ride that's also murky and messy. Vanessa doesn't have it all together either, but this pediatrician, stay at home mom, and author knows motherhood is hard enough, so why fake it behind a mask? In this safe space you'll find real talk about the motherhood challenges you face, the courage to meet them and a coach in your corner. Vanessa's degree doesn't mean she knows it all, and this is not a "how to parent" podcast. On Motherhood Unmasked, Vanessa empowers you to parent with confidence. Because the hand that rocks the cradle—impacts generations. vinelifefaith.com

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June 22, 2021 5 min

There’s a pace to your purpose. Read that again.

And when you get too far ahead of yourself—your body, soul, and spirit will let you know.   And in the Season 4 finale, we’re talking about the importance of taking a beat to reset your pace for your current season.
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One of these kids is doing their own thing. One of these kids is not like the others and worse still, not like you.

What do you do when one of your children is so different than you, you struggle to like them?

You cozy up on the sofa with your favorite beverage and hang out with your girl. Because I get it, and in this episode I'm sharing what I've learned that helps.

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June 8, 2021 8 min

Emotionally neglected by your mother. Abused. Abandoned. You experienced some or all of it as a child. And now you're a mother. 

More than anything, you want to be the mother you never had.

But how do you freely give your children the empathy, support, and acceptance you never received from your mom?

My answer may surprise you.

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The world is so noisy these days it's easy to question what you offer to the mix that's useful and to choose silence.

But where does that leave your soul, your children?

You're here to be you, not just exist. And your children need what's on the inside of you—despite their opinions to the contrary. 

So today we're wrapping up the nurture series by encouraging you to express yourself!

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It’s said we teach people how to treat us by how we treat ourselves.

What does where you rank yourself on your priority list communicate to others about your self-worth? And what standard does that set for your children-especially your daughter?

In this episode we’re talking about living a life that reflects you matter too.

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What do you think of you?

I ask because if you're not intentional about your self-perception, you'll passively take your cues from others' opinions. And your place in this world and your child's life is too important to live out bound by people's limited perspective of you.

This episode starts a series empowering a woman known for nurturing others—to nurture herself.

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May 11, 2021 9 min

What do you say to the annoying part of you—that internal critic always questioning if you're a good mom? In this episode, we'll uncover what "Am I doing enough" is code for and how to shift the focus to what matters.

Ready to show your internal critic who's boss?

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May 4, 2021 7 min

Maybe your journey was surviving the past year. Maybe your journey was the stretch beyond surviving to starting a new thing—amid the chaos.

Whatever your journey looks like, any amount of progress is worth celebrating because there's joy in every step—but you may have to look for it.

In this Season 4 kickoff, we're having a celebration. So cue the confetti, you're the special guest!

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March 2, 2021 9 min

Let's face it. Your family, especially the ones you live with, can be difficult to like. The things that make them unique are the very things get on your nerves. And that makes loving them—stressful!

Well, we're closing out Season 3 with a side hug from me to you and some encouragement on how to embrace the things about your loved ones that often frustrate you.

Can you use some harmony at home?

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February 23, 2021 10 min

We just talked about adaptability in the last episode, then here comes the life lesson—a winter storm Texas was in no way prepared for. And this mama pulled on every skill I ever knew to make it through with my family. 

My take away from the whole ordeal? The importance of embracing me and the way I roll. And in this episode, I share why you should embrace you!

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February 16, 2021 8 min

You're a mom, but are you effective?

I took the bait and completed Focus on the Family's assessment of 7 Traits of Effective Parenting. And in this episode, I'm dropping the mask to conclude a two-part analysis of my strengths and weaknesses according to the quiz. 

Today we're discussing my weaknesses. My transparency for your benefit—it's the Motherhood Unmasked way.

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February 9, 2021 13 min

I love it when moms help moms, sharing resources and tools to help you reach your mom goals.

A listener shared a quiz about parenting traits we're diving into this episode.

Reviewing my quiz results is not about you grading yourself as a mom, but us growing together as we discuss these traits as tools to add to your mommy toolkit.

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February 2, 2021 11 min

None of us moms "knows" what we're doing. Motherhood doesn't come with a map, but we can influence who our children become and their impact in the world.

If you're just surviving your child's journey from embryo to eighteen, this episode helps you pause from the overwhelm and think about your #momgoals.

Because, if you aim at nothing, you'll hit it every time.

And the truth is, you have generations to im...

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January 26, 2021 10 min

2020 wasn't the kind of year you say—well, that happened—and move on.

She's more like the teacher in school you hated, but when you look back you realize you learned so much in her class.

So, in this episode we'll review the lessons you learned in case there's a re-test! 

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January 19, 2021 7 min

So you slayed some cycles. You noticed patterns of behavior you inherited but don't want to repeat. But now what?

How do you chart a different course for your life and your family's legacy? And what could happen if you don't? 

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January 12, 2021 12 min

Did you know when it comes to what gets passed down your family line, you have the power to say, "Not on my watch!" That's where Mama BARE and Mama BEAR become one in the same.

Come on in and find out how to slay the family cycles! 

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I know. If EVER there was a loaded question, that is it—since it depends on when I ask you. And that's real talk.

So in this episode we take a step back to discuss how to acknowledge your feelings while holding on to truth.

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December 29, 2020 12 min

There's an art to blending a family. You can't just stir everyone together, cross your fingers and hope it works out.

So, if you already have a blended family and figured that out the hard way or your contemplating blending a family, let's talk about what it truly takes to have a family that's blended, not stirred. 

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December 22, 2020 1 min

Who's ready for more compassion, clarity, and candor? Join me here at Motherhood Unmasked!

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October 27, 2020 13 min

In this real talk "corner woman" edition, I'm talking to you: the weary mom slumped in the ring's corner between rounds in a fighting match with a pandemic that's gone on way too long. 

Need a strategy for coming out of this fight on top?

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