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February 22, 2021  

The Older Mom

February 22, 2021

This week's guest is “the older mom”, Carla Burgess, she had a baby in her 20's, 30's, and 40's. She has also been a stay at home mom and a working mom. She has so much wisdom to share!  She started her blog after the birth of her third daughter because as an older mom she didn’t have a peer group, but it’s turned into a mentoring space where she shares what she’s learned over her decades of motherhood.

Carla is a teacher at an alternative school.  She has a masters degree in anthropology that helps inform her bigger picture perspective on cultural expectations of mothers and their adjustments to becoming a parent. As a mom who struggled herself with this transition, she uses what she's learned through parenting trial and error with what she knows from a theoretical perspective to mentor women who "love being a mother but don't like being a mom." Her blog,, focuses on helping women manage motherhood, find themselves, and keep their lives together.

Things we talk about in the episode: 

  • What it means to love being a mother, but not like being a mom.
  • How to find your motherhood zone of genius.  
  • How important it is to evaluate our expectations of motherhood; what were you initially expecting from motherhood and was that expectation realistic?  

I hope you enjoy our conversation!

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