And you know what? I am not alone. I don’t know if I know of any mom that hasn’t broken down out of frustration, fatigue, or just this feeling that this is my life and I have to deal with it right now but I really don’t want to.
I guess it makes me stronger, but do you know what else makes me stronger? Relying on my friends and community around me. This whole mommy war crap where moms tear each other down for, basically anything, is so destructive. Breastfeeding, weight gain, whether your kid plays with the right toys, reads enough, watches too much TV… I mean, why? In times of desperation, I look to my friends and it’s often just to listen. To complain about my problems which they understand. Because even if your kid is an angel there’s always days when he’s sick or something didn’t go right for you or work stress is making home life difficult.
This post was touched off by an incident this morning where I saw another mom who was obviously struggling. Sometimes you don’t want to be intrusive and don’t really know how much someone wants you to step in, but I think at least acknowledgement that we are all in this together is so reassuring.
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