A healthy mom equals a healthy baby. Discover how art can help achieve this goal.
Post-Partum depression is a very REAL and SCARY experience for mothers, but there is a way to make it better.The gift of an art class or paint night as form of therapy and relaxation is a great way to help a mom get back on track, and out of the house for some much needed socialization. Art provides a calm, safe, quiet, neutral environment for moms to sort out their emotions.
After my first I had post-par tum depression. Thankfully, I am an Artist, and immersing myself in my art was a great way for me to relax during baby's nap time. Although parenting can be crazy and unpredictable, it can also be routine. Studies have shown that a child's mental health can be affected by a mom's health during the pre-natal, and post-partum period. That is why mom's and dad's need to have their own time away from the children, and even each other doing things they enjoy to be great moms and dads.
For many new moms who are going through post-par tum depression they are adjusting to a completely different community of people, and lifestyle choices. They may not be ready to engage in highly social activities because they are tired, stressed, and may still be recovering physically. That is why sending them to a paint night or art class is so beneficial for them. Art classes, are low key, and they have the opportunity to learn techniques so when the kids get older they can start doing art at home in their downtime. Paint nights are a great alternative to a bar if a mom wants to get out and meet new people on "her time", that is not to late at night. After having my first, I realized the majority of the things I liked to do for fun started at 9pm or 10pm at night, which was too late for a new tired mom.
Although the needs of each parent is different, one principal remains the same. Parents are still humans, who need community, their own identity outside of parenthood, and intellectual/ physical stimulation. When you recognize who you are, and what you stand for, and where you want your life to go as a parent, you will be more mentally clear to raise emotionally strong children. By taking care of yourself, you are taking care of your child too.
Now that I am a mom, I understand the challenges parent face even more then when I was just teaching children. I want you to discover the joy of parenting without feeling caged by post-partum depression. There is nothing wrong with you, give yourself a chance to fly. Get out and try new things. Give up perfection, and comparing yourself to others.
I know what Art did for me, and I would like to share that gift with you. I would love to meet you in one of my public art classes. Stay in touch.
Stephanie A.E Strugar
Certified Grumbacher Painting & Drawing Instructor.
She is a retired Certified Face/ Body & Temporary Tattoo Artist.
Caricaturist. She is currently an active
Public Speaker, Consultant, and Arts Educator in the Manitoba and greater Canada area.