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Can I Laugh On Your Shoulder?

Sep 20, 2023

Every parent struggles with maintaining their own identity while also trying to pour all their energy into being a mother or a father. Our guest this week knows all about that. Dr. Morgan Cutlip knows what it feels like to lose yourself in motherhood and she’s been determined to help others navigate that with more success.

You might have come across her on social media, her podcast, her blog, or through the courses on her website. She also just published a new blook called Love Yourself Without Losing Yourself, and it’s all about how moms can beat burnout and banish guilt. But even better, it actually provides some practical tips for taking care of ourselves.

Her focus might be on motherhood, but you’ll quickly realize that this also applies to the dads out there. Really, anyone with kids can benefit from listening to Morgan and that’s why we’re really excited to bring you this interview.

4:05 – Morgan 101

  • Her experience in the relationship education field
  • Struggling with motherhood 
  • What pushed her to make this her mission

10:24 – Challenges of motherhood

  • Overwhelming amount of advice about what’s right and wrong
  • Conflicting advice from social media ‘experts’
  • What she learned from her parents

24:19 – Parenting now vs past generations

  • Every generation faces its own set of challenges
  • No child will leave their childhood experience without something
  • Putting parenthood on a pedestal

30:33 – Mom guilt

  • Intensive mothering
  • Giving yourself permission
  • Putting your own identity on the backburner

47:19 – Her book

  • 3 reasons self-care irritates her
  • 5 areas that exist in all relationships
  • Touch purposefully


”I know I didn't have the answers, but I knew I had the skill sets to figure out how to empower moms to navigate motherhood differently. And so that's when I made up my mind, this is what I wanted to do.”

“We have overcorrected, and it's all done with good intentions. But sometimes too much of a good thing becomes bad. And we have left ourselves in a place where we are parenting so intensely, that we can't help but feel like we're regularly getting it wrong.”

“Sometimes we need that permission to not make everything about our kids, right. And I think a lot of us then if we if we act on that permission, we will feel guilty about it. And so we have to deal with what's underneath that guilt in order to get that get rid of that because it's not serving us.”


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About Dr. Morgan Cutlip: Dr. Morgan Cutlip knows what it feels like to lose yourself in motherhood, and she's determined to help mothers navigate it better. She is experienced and trained in translating psychological theory and research into practical, accessible, and actionable advice, which she shares with her clients and social media followers (@drmorgancutlip) and through her courses, podcast, and her blog as cofounder of Dr. Cutlip earned her masters in human development and family science and her doctorate in counseling psychology. She is a mother of two wild kids, wife of her high school sweetheart, and life-long lover of all things relationship.

Buy the book here: LOVE YOUR KIDS WITHOUT LOSING YOURSELF. For more information, visit