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Honest Mamas Podcast

Supporting women emotionally & spiritually on the motherhood journey.
Three psychotherapists, moms, and friends share stories & interviews about pregnancy, fertility, parenting, motherhood and much more. The Honest Mama founders are Sophie Darch McEntee, LMFT, Melissa Divaris Thompson, LMFT and Claire R. Colaço, LMFT.

Podcast produced by Pete Bailey.

Jan 30, 2018

Welcome to episode twenty-six of the Honest Mamas Podcast, today Claire speaks to Kathleen Harper about cultivating more joy in motherhood.

Kathleen Ann Harper is the author of two books, The Well-Crafted Mom and Signs of a Happy Baby. In her life coaching groups for moms and in her one-on-one coaching practice, Kathleen integrates coaching support with creative activities to help moms manage the transitions and challenges of motherhood. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from San Francisco State University in Integrative Healing, a specialized major that incorporated studies in psychology, philosophy and religion, holistic health, and kinesiology. Kathleen is married to William Paul White, her co-author on the baby sign language book, Signs of a Happy Baby. They are parents to two boys who both still sign.


What you’ll hear in this episode


  • How Kathleen came to be working in this field
  • The way in she cultivated joy into her life
  • How to best allocate small amounts of free time in your life
  • Learning to accept and be comfortable with your vulnerabilities
  • How our modern lives can leave us with analysis paralysis
  • The best ways to manage expectations
  • Understanding that your self-care helps you care for others
  • The concept of inner circle friends