Conversations with Jackie Hall

  • Feeling angry? guilty? overwhelmed? You are not alone…ever

    I often get the opportunity to speak at mother’s groups and playgroups. I always tell of my story about my postnatal depression and how it led to the never ending cycle of anger, guilt, self-hatred and feeling like a bad mother. I always speak of the day that I nearly hit my child with a a knife, how I completely fell apart and how I had that epiphany right in the middle of my breakdown.

  • Events don’t cause postnatal depression

    Today I’d like to introduce to you a different theory in regards to what causes postnatal depression. Some of you will be familiar with this information, but some of you will not. This is because so much information on the causes of postnatal depression, seems to be focused on the events going on in your in your life being the culprit;  the labour, the crying baby, the trouble with breastfeeding, lack of support, lost identity, lack of sleep, possibly a combination of all of the above - the list just keeps going on.

  • Where has all the fun gone?

    I hear of and see so many parents who lose themselves in their new lives, struggling to balance being a parent, working, being a homemaker and trying to juggle all of the demands of their lives. There is so much to be grateful for, but all we seem to have our attention on is the is the mountain of chores, the problems we face and the things that we need to control and 'manage' life.

  • Why did I choose to be a mother again?

    Hi, Jackie Hall here. In the last couple of weeks, we have put Foxtel in our home.  With that I have re-discovered The Supernanny series and a show called Real Simple. Real Life where they help women get their lives in order (it's mostly targeted at mums).

  • Tired, overwhelmed and ready to bite your head off

    I look around this house and it’s messy…..again. I spent hours cleaning, folding washing and feeling organised on the weekend only to turn around and find it messy again. In fact yesterday I cleaned up again, but you wouldn’t know it today. There’s popcorn, paper, clothes and towels all over the floor and dishes to be to be done (I just spent 40 minutes doing them last night, how did they all get dirty again?).

  • Depression, sadness and anger can be a blessing

    On Saturday my eldest son will turn six. It seems like just yesterday he was born. they years have gone so fast. Yet in my memory I still vividly remember how I felt those sad, angry days in his early years when I thought I was the worst mum in the world and that I was always 'stuffing him or his brother up' in one way or another.

  • THE MISSION – Stop Mummy management overload & Just BE

    Okay, so totally inspired after watching (for the gazillionth time) my favourite self help movie by Wayne Dyer – The Shift – Standard Version DVD“>Ambition to Meaning, I was feeling very enlightened and spiritually moved. To paint the picture, all was quiet, the kids were in bed, the hubby was on the computer and it was just me in a dark room with the TV, no interruptions and this thought-provoking movie, so it was easy to slip into an awesomely inspired state.

  • My childhood is repeating itself. This time in the life of my son.

    As I sat at the kitchen table this evening after believing that my son was coping really well at his first couple of weeks at school and making lots of friends, he informs me this evening that he has sat by himself at lunchtime and no one wanted to play with him.

  • How to socialise as a ‘mum’

    Last night I had the most fun time that I have had in a long time. I was able to release myself of my motherly duties, dress up as the woman outside of being a mum, put some make up on, do my hair and go out with the girls.