Becoming a parent these days is so different from how our parents did it. Reflecting back on how you were parented and being brave about doing things your own way. Getting conflicting advice from professionals. Having to figure the really important things out as you go. Feeling lost or stuck at times and then at others, looking back with wonder to see how far you've come.
It can feel like uncharted territory. Scary, but exciting too. That's how it was for me, for us.
Now, in my own journey to forge a better way for new families, I have been excited to discover so many wonderful organisations, to meet such dedicated people in this field and have been honoured to have opportunities to share our story in the hope it benefits others.
Some of my most rewarding experiences so far:
- Advisor for the Australian Catholic University’s guidelines for partners: Supporting Your Partner When you Have a Baby.
- Advisor for Monash University’s Emotional Experiences of Early Parenthood
- Advisor for Newcastle University’s innovative SMS for Dads.
- Columnist for Australia’s Practical Parenting Magazine.
- Resident Relationship Expert for Daily Life website.
- “Dear Elly” Q&A relationship advice column in the Sydney Morning Herald and Melbourne Age.
- Sharing my research and clinical experience in the 8 Stages of the Transition into Parenthood at professional conferences in Australia, the U.S. and the U.K. To see this one in beautiful Dublin, Ireland click here.
- Relationship Expert for Sydney's Channel 10 news. Click on the video below to see what I had to say about 'modern families.'
Now it feels like life has come full circle. I’m grateful for these opportunities to meet with professionals from all over the world. Many have shared with me they’re aware of the transition into parenthood gap, but often unsure what they can do about it. My hope is to bridge the gap for professionals, as well as for the parents they care for, through my Becoming Us online training for professionals. Together, we can pioneer a new way.
I love what Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Ernesto Segismundo Jr. had to say about Becoming Us. Click on the video to watch.
Thanks to my very lovely and understanding family, I’m available to travel just a couple of times each year. If you’d like me to visit your organisation to deliver a keynote speech or run a workshop to support the 'becoming' families near you, please see my events page.
More information and access to my book:
Becoming Us, 8 Steps to Grow a Family that Thrives has been endorsed in Australia by COPE, the Centre of Perinatal Excellence and in North America by CAPPA, The Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association. I'm honoured that Becoming Us has also been included in an anthology of important books by APPPAH, the Association for Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Health.
It takes a village to raise a Parenthood Pioneer. I'm grateful to the following organisations!