Bio: Brittany Joy is a mother of 2 toddlers, a writer, a serial coffee drinker, and a passionate self- acceptance advocate. She lives in a small rural town with her outdoorsy husband and their kids. She has been blogging at Bodacious Brittany for two years on topics including self-acceptance, recovering from diet culture, marriage, and motherhood. She is many things, but most importantly she is herself – and is passionate about helping women be bodaciously themselves too.

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  • Brittany is a unique combination of Earth momma while boldly speaking her truth.
  • Motherhood is a very tribal thing — we emulate other women so it often can lead to doing things how everyone else does them.
  • Why she doesn’t believe you need to put yourself in the box as a “stay at home mom” or a “working mom” (father’s don’t identify with this) and why she prefers the term, “primary caregiver.”
  • Her traditional roots and broadened perspective from time in the foster system with a parent in and out of prison.
  • Her painful early childhood trauma and why doesn’t have a lot of memories before the age of 8. 
  • Her Attachment style and how this looked for her. 
  • Her book recommendations by Dr. Daniel Siegel: The Whole-Brain Child, No Drama Discipline, Parenting From the Inside Out
  • “You will unconsciously press your own childhood trauma onto your children if you don’t work through your own pain.”
  • Why she had a very anxious attachment to her mother and then to her husband and how she healed it.
  • The science between experiencing trauma in the womb and it’s lasting impact. 
  • “In marriage, we do the work that we didn’t do in childhood.”
  • Brittany’s guest article: Do Good Moms Get Angry? 
  • The 4-month postpartum hormonal time when you often think you have postpartum depression.
  • Her intense anger with potty-training her daughter.
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy and how it’s helped her anger/anxiety.
  • “We all have to do the work to heal the wound that we’re not a good enough mother.”
  • Things that have helped her with her anger: Finding friends who you can trust to talk to, walking — something physical after her kids go to bed, validating anger and exploring anger, saying out loud: “I feel so angry about this.”
  • 2 questions to ask: What did my mom do that made her a good mom? What did my mom do that made her a bad mom?
  • “It does actually take a lot to be a bad mom.”
  • What makes you a bad mom in her opinion. 
  • “Really, parents are just doing the best that they can.”
  • The importance of presence and how to know when it’s good to step away.
  • “It’s not disloyal to realize that your parents weren’t perfect.” – Terri Cole
  • What removing social media from her life has created for her.

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