The Mother Load. With Meredith Ethington

The Mother Load with Meredith Ethington

Becoming a parent is a life-changing event, yet little is shared about the overwhelming mental load it entails, “The Mother Load.” Today, my guest shared her personal and professional views on the mental health concerns parents have.

We Talked About

  • Meredith’s New Book ‘The Mother Load’
  • The mental load in parenting
  • How can new parents prevent the feeling of being overwhelmed
  • Breaking down the stigma around talking about the hard part of parenting
  • What our parents tell us in our parenting
  • What is ‘Toxic Positivity’

Things to Remember

“Parenting is figuring out how to adjust your parenting strategies and methods with lots of different personalities.”

“We need to prioritize self-care and not call things ‘self-care’ that aren’t.”

“All of us exist in this continual context of nature.”

“I think a lot of times we get overwhelmed because we have such high expectations or we’re trying so hard to get everything right.”

“Keep trusting your gut. You’re doing a good job.”

“We’re all struggling, no one’s doing it perfectly, and people need some empathy and connection.”

“There’s no such thing as a perfect parent, and it’s okay to just be you.”

– Meredith Ethington

Additional Resources

Let’s Continue the conversation…

Now, Meredith and I want to hear from you!

Ever wondered about the silent mental load parenthood brings? Listen in as my guest shares her personal and professional aspects of this transformative journey.

Leave a comment below and let us know; you’ll also be helping others to know what is possible.

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More About My Guest

Meredith Ethington is an award-winning writer and author of the book Mom Life. 

She started writing on her popular blog, Perfection Pending, where her viral essays reach millions of struggling parents. She is also the co-founder and editor-in-chief of Filter Free Parents. 

She lives in Salt Lake City, Utah, with her husband, three kids, and muppety dog, Millie. In her loads of spare time, she is studying to become a licensed mental health counselor. She also has a cat, but honestly, she’s a dog person.


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