I enjoy being a mother more than I have ever enjoyed any other role I’ve undertaken. I love my child fiercely and most of the time, we are very happy. But one of the things about parenthood that surprised me the most was the anxiety I have felt since welcoming this boy into our lives. I had a taste of it while pregnant the few times that we had to go to the hospital for monitoring due to low fluid and no movement, but I did not have any appreciation of how much worse it would be once Eli was here.
I have struggled with anxiety for much of my life, but having a child has changed it. My anxiety used to be about things solely related to me and now that’s faded away somewhat into more global and Eli-specific worries. I’m not really sure which ones is better or worse, though neither are a treat.
I fully admit that not all these fears are rational, in fact, a large number of them are the exact opposite, which isn’t exactly new for me. I mean, one of my greatest fears in life is vomit, so clearly I am not of sound mind. But rational or not, these are my 10 biggest parenting fears…so far.
I realize this list could easily be titled, 7 reasons why I need therapy and yea, maybe I’ll look into that. In the meantime, what are your biggest parenting fears?
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