Mothering is hard work.
My children bring so much love and laughter into my life but that doesn’t mean that mothering a 2 and 22 month old isn’t hard.
Changing diapers, drying tears, dealing with tantrums, attempting to soothe a gassy baby and a toddler who explores dirty diapers are parts of a normal day. Then there’s endless laundry from clothes and cloth diapers. Add to that a toddler who won’t nap, a baby who doesn’t want to be put down and the crying…somebody is always crying (and somedays, it’s not just the tiny people doing the crying!)
Being a mama is so much harder than I imagined.
Some days I wake up and long for the moment my husband arrives home. I often get to the end of the day and think, what did I accomplish? The floors are still dirty, the dishes unwashed, dinner was cheese and crackers and the straightening up I did do, has been undone.
I know I’m not alone. Mothering is hard.
Every mother has struggles. Unfortunately, we don’t share these struggles and since they’re not shared, we are more afraid to open up.
I suppose we’re afraid to share because other women will no longer think we’re perfect (ha ha!) or we don’t want to unload our issues on other women. But, we need to share with the women around us the struggles we really are facing.
Sometimes, just talking reveals that you’re overreacting to the situation. By sharing, you may receive a piece of advice that makes a huge difference in your role as a mama. And worst case, by opening up to other mamas, you’ll build stronger relationships.
After a rough day yesterday, I’ve realized the importance of a community of other mothers around me, supporting me, encouraging me and listening to my struggles.
I have friends with children older than mine who understand and remember what it’s like to have 2 under 2. My plan is to open up to them, share my struggles and ask for advice as well as encouragement.
Mothering is hard work but there’s no reason to do it all alone.
I’d love to hear your thoughts on the hard work of mothering and I welcome any advice for managing two little ones!
(Mothering is hard but babies are sweet! I love wearing my sweet boy in my Baby K’tan!)
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