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Improving Motherhood Transitions

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Transitions are part of the pregnancy and motherhood journey. Though this is a truth most new moms expect, the focus tends to be on the little ones and often overlook all that a mother experiences.

It’s important to recognize both the childhood and the motherhood transitions - even when Mom may not see herself as a priority.

Below are some examples of transitions many toddlers struggle through as well as some tough transitions mothers face. Though every motherly lifestyle is unique, you never know when a situation can hit home and you can learn from someone else’s experience and advice.

 

“A New Place and New Rules”

Transition Trouble (for Little One)

“We just moved which means a new place, new rules, [and new] boundaries for our little guy – and it’s been really tricky. Attitude every day, fighting us to go to bed, and everything else. Our trickiest part is getting him to stay in his own room at night.” – Gabrielle Faust, mother of one

Transition Tips

“We currently are using our own traffic light system each day and if he stays on green, he gets dessert. If not, [it’s] bath then bed.” – Gabrielle Faust, mother of one

 

“The Transition to Becoming a Mom of Two”

Transition Trouble (for Mom)

“The transition to becoming a mom of two has been one of the tougher transitions I’ve been through. It’s been hard to find time with balancing two kiddos.” – Alicia Marie, mom of two

Transition Tips

“I really need to have time each day for myself to refill my cup so I can be a better and more patient mom for my boys. I’ve really had to rethink how I view a day as being successful or not.” – Alicia Marie, mom of two

 

“Struggle with the Death of our Dog”

Transition Trouble (for Little One)

“My son really struggled with the death of our dog. Being so young, he didn’t understand that she passed away – he thought we took her. He started lashing out at us and at school. He would look for her all the time.” – Chelsea Renee, mother of two

Transition Tips

“We explained to him that she was gone, and we talk about her often. We have a picture of her mounted on the wall so he could still see her.” – Chelsea Renee, mother of two

 

“Typical Mom-Guilt”

Transition Trouble (for Mom)

“I have the typical Mom-guilt of feeling bad when I can’t attend to [both of] the girls’ needs 24/7 because I am busy doing something else that needs to be done.” – Megan Burdick, mother of two

Transition Tips

“What I found that helps me the most is planning to get what I can get done while they nap or plan an activity to keep (my oldest) busy while I do something else.” – Megan Burdick, mother of two

 

“Difficulty Ending a Preferred Activity”

Transition Trouble (for Little One)

“M son has difficulty ending a preferred activity. We have to five two minute warnings before we end an activity otherwise he has a full meltdown.” – Michelle Eisele, mother of one

Transition Tips

“I continuously let him know what his schedule is the night before and that morning. For big transitions, like going to preschool, we talked about it for months before and read a book about it.” – Michelle Eisele, mother of one

 

 

Biography

 Jennifer Aline is a coffee addict, mama of twins, and a passionate freelance writer and author. She writes for Moms.com on a regular basis and has had articles in publications such as the NY Daily News, NY Post, and In Good Health Newspaper. Aline received her Bachelor’s Degree in Child and Family Studies from Keuka College and worked in the Human Services field before her two little girls entered her life. Aline now focuses primarily on writing, teaching aerial arts classes in the evenings, and caring for her twin daughters – all while continuously chugging coffee, of course.

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  • Jennifer Aline Graham
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