As a busy working mother of four, I completely empathize with you parents out there. I realized during each of my pregnancies that my focus was on the baby, and not on me. I had utterly neglected self-care and self-love. I thought indeed, other parents, even if they are excited about a new baby, have had feelings similar to mine.
After the birth of my third child, I struggled in silence with postpartum blues and frustration from juggling a busy financial career with family life. I attempted seeing a therapist, as that was the logical thing to do but was disappointed with the outcome since I felt I was merely deduced to just a typical textbook case and spent too much time traveling to my appointments. I also did not get support from my employer beyond maternity leave.
Upon returning to work, behind closed doors, I was overwhelmed with the feelings of isolation. While the demands of high performance didn’t change from the management to reflect my leave of absence, my co-workers continued to make remarks that further instilled feelings of loneliness.
From all this isolation and neglecting my self-care, I struggled with voicing my thoughts. However, I did find consolation in speaking with my peers, other parents going through the exact same issues and struggles I was facing. I remembered how effective my coaching calls were with an executive coach as I had created a total empowerment approach for my clients with the help of my coach.
This stayed with me as the understanding and encouragement I received from these parents lifted my spirits and helped me gain the confidence I needed to move on. I wanted to create a community for families, with the emphasis on guiding and supporting parents, where they could reach out to coaches covering all parental issues. The idea of Circle 4 Parents sprang forward during my fourth pregnancy. Speaking again to my trustworthy peers, I realized that I am not the only one who was going through the same dilemma. Around my third trimester, I shared my anxiety with my doctor, and he informed me that this anxiety puts me more at risk to experience postpartum depression, and advised me to seek out support again.
I did my research and found insufficient support available in the current marketplace. I finally did find and hired a maternity coach who, at $250 per hour, was not only expensive, the drive was to her office was nearly an hour each way due to traffic. I didn’t have time to devote to myself and see my maternity therapist once a week. I knew there had to be a better solution, and if it did not exist already, I was going to create it!
Circle4Parents provides a network of peer support to create mentally healthy parents who recognize self-care is a necessity for child care. Circle4Parents combines parent coaching services with a video conferencing platform so parents can openly express their feelings, struggles, and triumphs. I envision the Circle4Parents platform extending to parents of all ages as parenting evolves with time.
I wish I had the Circle4Parents community when I was raising my first two children as a single mom and desperately needed support. Now, I am passionate about creating a convenient, affordable, non-judgemental village committed to coaching parents how to move forward.
My team of parent coaches, our entire executive team and I look forward to supporting you through your challenges.
See you in the circle!
Founder and CEO
Mother of four
Circle 4 Parents Inc.