Motherhood is a beautiful, rewarding and challenging experience. It can be so easy for mums to dismiss their own needs in favour of those who depend on them.
It is an emotional rollercoaster that requires you to juggle many different aspects of your life: work, family, friends, and self-care. As mothers, we struggle with learning to balance what we want to be doing with our time and energy and what our children need from us during their vulnerable, formative years.
It's easy to get sucked into the vortex of motherhood when you don't have a support system or even know how much time you should allot for yourself each day – but this isn't healthy either!
For both mother and child(ren) to thrive in this stage of life both parties concerned need to work towards building healthy relationships between themselves (parenting partner), spouse/partner (significant other), extended family members if applicable etc.
The duality of motherhood is that it's a subject that is simultaneously exhausting and inspiring.
Motherhood is a life-changing experience for many people and an incredible privilege for others. Being a mother is one of the most rewarding experiences in life, but it can also be one of the hardest.
You may find yourself overwhelmed by your responsibilities, or some days will feel like you did nothing but take care of your kids - and that's okay. Whatever your situation, we should all feel comfortable talking about how hard motherhood can be without other people thinking that we're ungrateful for our children or the life we've chosen for ourselves.
It's not always easy being a parent, but it's one of the most rewarding things in life.
It's okay to feel like you're struggling.
It's okay to admit that motherhood can be hard, even if it feels like the hardest thing in the world.
You are not alone! And you are not a bad mother if you're struggling. You're still doing your best and loving your children as much as possible.
You just have to accept the fact that you are never going to get everything done. I was always told by my family and friends that if I wanted something, all I had to do was ask for it. But this isn't always true and sometimes it can be very hard when we feel like we aren't getting enough time with our children. But remember: It's okay if you don't get everything done! Your child needs you more than ever before (and vice versa).
It can be so easy for mums to dismiss their own needs in favour of those who depend on them.
It's not an easy thing to do, but you must try. And if you're struggling with this one yourself, there are ways to support yourself and your kids as you work through this process together.
I hope this post has helped you understand the duality of motherhood--and that you've gained some perspective on your struggles. Motherhood isn't easy, but it is rewarding and worth every ounce of effort.
You can listen to my conversation with Tiffany as we share insights on our experience with the duality of motherhood.