Lizzie O’Halloran – Founder of Help For Mums
When I was 16 I had my own babysitting business. Mothers would often confide in me about how little time they had for themselves, their health, relationships and to have fun with their children. So at a very young age I observed how hard mothers found making themselves a priority after having children. This planted a seed in my mind very early on. Many years later, I observed the same issues in the busy mums and couples who presented to my clinic with similar issues: self-doubt over parenting skills, lack of intimacy, exhaustion, stifled careers, loneliness and so on. When I became a mum it became more obvious there were loads of resources on how to parent, but very little support around how mothers should look after themselves during parenthood, even though parental wellbeing directly impacts on the wellbeing of a child. This discovery and my own experience becoming a mother, led to writing my second book ‘Perfect Mum’.
Most women know what to do to get fit and healthy, but there is a lack of support and information to boost motivation. Parents are also bombarded with information from experts and are now feeling more stressed out, overwhelmed and depressed than ever. There are plenty of services on the market to help busy women to be better carers and supporters of others, but very little, if anything that supports these busy women specifically to empower them with the skills to improve their relationships, feel happier about their parenting, excel in their careers without feeling guilty, take control of their finances and connect socially – all in one space. This is where my Vision for Help For Mums began.