The Struggle is real these days! I know that every mom/ parent, everywhere says this but there is a reason behind it. Going back to work full time has been one of the toughest things I’ve done in my life, and I’ve done a few scary things in my time.
I honestly didn’t think it would be this hard. Like, I knew it would be hard but not THIS hard. The juggling of full time work, kid duties, mom duties, wifely duties, home duties, and don’t forget to take care of yourself. I mean really, who expects mothers to do this all on their own! I’m lucky. I have a partner who fully supports and appreciates me. He is a great father to our daughter and he more than pulls his weight around the house. He pushes me to take care of myself, even though I mostly don’t listen. And yet, I FEEL like I’m doing it all on my own. That feeling is like a weight, dragging me down and making it seem like the smallest of things are insurmountable.
That’s the real problem, the FEELINGS, not the reality. Anyone who knows me will find that funny because I’m not the most emotional person and I’m not really one to admit to feeling much of anything. So what are these feelings? The feeling of guilt for leaving my child in daycare- check! The feeling of inadequacy as a Mother- check! The feeling that I’m letting my partner down by not being emotionally available as before- check! The feeling that I have no idea who I am as a person anymore- Check! The feeling that I’m spiralling down into the unknown- Check! Honestly I could go on with this but you get the picture.
So why this post? We all struggle. That’s a fact. I believe that a way to ease the struggle is to connect and share our struggles with others. Not so that they can ‘fix’ or offer words of encouragement but more to stand as comrades. To let others know that they aren’t alone in this struggle we call parenting and life. So here I am, sharing my struggle. I’m not the first and I won’t be the last.
You mama are not alone. I hear you and see your struggle.
Until next time,
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