Living Story Project Presents:

Mothering the Mother

*Artwork by Tetsuhiro Wakabayashi III

Transitioning into motherhood is complex.

Society does a very good job of celebrating the arrival of a new baby, but rarely does is pay much attention to the complexities this transition presents to the woman becoming Mother.

The transition into motherhood is easier for some than it is for others.

Some women enter motherhood with a supportive internalized mother – a quality of positive mothering that has been passed down through the generations that have come before her. For her, while the demands of childrearing may prove exhausting, she enters motherhood with a sense of competency and preparedness. When faced with uncertainty or an overwhelming sense of not knowing, this woman, having been sufficiently mothered herself, is able to ask, “What would mom do?” She can draw on her own personal experience of being attended to in a way that met her developing needs as a child, an adolescent, and eventually a young adult, and thus securely meet the developing needs of her growing child. This woman arrives at motherhood able to name her own needs and her desires; further, she is adept at meeting them. She understands that mothering is not meant to be self-sacrificial. If her mothering work is to be sustainable, she knows she must replenish her own resources, fill the vessel from which her own child must draw.

For many others, however, there is no supportive mothering legacy to inherit. Instead, these women arrive at motherhood having inherited the same lack of mothering their own mothers may have received. In constant need of mothering themselves, they feel anxious, uncertain, and ill-equipped to meet the demands the role of mothering presents.

When we arrive at mothering in this way, we are very suspectable to the societal standards that dictate what mothers and mothering “should” look like—namely that it is joyfully self-sacrificing and rewarding. The pressure to achieve this “standard,” dismisses the complexity of a woman’s lived experience and further alienates her from her right to claim the unique and specific terms that identify her own motherhood.

Mothering the Mother is a six-week, in-person, closed group, designed to explore the range of issues relevant to the unmothered mother.

This group will:

  • Examine systems that create the conditions that interfere and fail to support those who mother
  • Understand, without blame, the legacy that has been inherited
  • Normalize the complexities and difficulties of mothering
  • Redefine what joyful mothering looks like and feels like
  • Teach strategies that support the mothering journey
  • Build community among mothers

This group is open to anyone who identifies as Mother at any stage of the mothering journey – including those who wish to one day become mother, presently expectants mothers, mothers of young children, and mothers of adult children (including grandmothers).

This group will be limited to eight participants only. A waitlist will be maintained as needs be.
The goal of this group is to deepen your understanding of Self as Mother. While this is largely a psycho-educational group, participants should expect to venture introspectively and share personal discoveries in both dyad and whole group formats. Due to the sensitive nature of this work, interested participants will be asked to fill out a short questionnaire to confirm suitability.
Dates: Thursday, October 20th, 27th, November 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th
Time: 7:00PM – 9:00PM
Location: Living Story Project House – 1071 McMillan Ave, Winnipeg MB
Fees: $195.00 – Limited number of subsidized spots for single mothers. Please contact us directly at

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Co-Founder Bios

Kristy Taylor, M.Ed., C.C.C. is a Certified Canadian Counsellor currently working in private practice. She works in both individual and group settings and has offered group counselling in the areas of trauma, grief, women’s bodies, and inner psychic landscapes.
Grounded in depth-oriented psychotherapy, she supports healing and well-being by helping people build self-awareness and discover insights that allow for the development of meaningful relationships, creative expression, and empowered choice-making. She has worked in both community-based and public-school settings as educator, activist, and counsellor. Kristy has trained with Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estés Women Who Run With the Wolves, using archetypal psychology and the healing power of myth and story to guide people toward deep healing.

Deborah Schnitzer, PhD works with words, images, and genres to tell stories as fiction, nonfiction, memoir, poetry, and screenplay. Her practice includes interests in experiential learning, as well as creative inquiry and expression. She brings these interests to curriculum design and facilitation within diverse, shared learning settings. A National 3M Teaching Fellow and Professor Emerita in the Department of English at the University of Winnipeg, Deborah developed courses in literary, inter-arts, and creative writing courses, and established community-university internships in relation to arts-based, literacy, human rights, and social justice organizations.