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Dr Sophie Brock on The Perfect Mother Myth and Social Construct of Motherhood

Dr Sophie Brock is a motherhood studies sociologist and mother living in Sydney, Australia. She provides analysis of motherhood in our culture and the ways individual experiences of mothers are shaped by broader social constructs.

Sophie’s work contributes to changing the cultural conversation on motherhood and the individual experiences of mothers to create a world where mothers feel empowered, supported and valued.

In this episode we cover:

  • Dr Sophie’s Fish Tank of Motherhood analogy for understanding social construct
  • The power of rewriting the narrative around motherhood, shifting from victimhood to agency and the concept of the “good enough mother”
  • The impact of societal constructs and culture on experiences of motherhood and the need for questioning of societal norms and expectations
  • The “perfect mother myth” and addressing anger, understanding triggers and finding productive ways to respond

As you navigate your own motherhood journey and the challenges of being a mum, it’s crucial to remember that you are not alone. Together, we can debunk harmful narratives, validate our experiences and work towards a society where mothers feel supported and valued.

The wisdom and practical experience that Dr Sophie shares in this episode is going to be incredibly impactful on your motherhood journey

Benita x

Connect with Dr Sophie Brock:

The ‘Fish-Tank’ of Motherhood Model

The Good Enough Mother Podcast

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