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Talking About Shame, Guilt & Parenthood

Expectations for parents and caregivers today are overwhelmingly high, with endless advice on the internet and bombardment of ‘perfect’ families on social media telling them they can do better. Parents may often feel like they are failing, even if they are not. Join us as we discuss with Dr. Angela Low and Sarah, mom of 2: 

  • The concept of shame as an emotion that can be experienced by parents and caregivers
  • The difference between parent guilt vs shame, and 
  • Ways to build resilience to shame so it doesn’t get in the way of us finding connection with the ones we love. 



Episode transcript available here.


Episode Resources:

  1. Website:  Understanding Parent Shame

  2. Parent Peer Support for Families at the Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre



Guest bios
Dr. Angela Low

Dr. Angela Low, is a researcher, educator and mom.  Currently an adjunct professor at the University of British Columbia, Dr. Low works with family support groups, early childhood educators and school teachers, sharing research and practical skills on child development with the goal of developing programs that promote resilience and well-being.

Sarah Brown

Sarah is a mom of two teenagers who keep her busy and on the go. Sarah joins the Where You Are podcast to offer her experiences and insights to an important conversation about shame, guilt and parenthood.

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