Although I’m not a mother myself, I deeply sympathize with moms when it comes to dealing with the highs and lows of being a parent.
The other day, I ran into a young mother who was having an incredibly tough day. She explained to me that no matter what she tried, her baby continued to fuss, leaving her extremely overwhelmed and frustrated as she struggled to carry on with her day.
I discovered a video posted to social media a while ago that was filmed by a similar young mother. She recorded herself in a state of hysteria, explaining that breaking down as a mother is nothing to be ashamed of, and further encouraging other moms to be more translucent and vulnerable in their experiences as a mother.
Seeing this video truly encouraged me to recognize just how hard motherhood can be. Regardless if you’re young or old, a first-time mom or a fifth time-mom, motherhood is arguably one of the most challenging and draining things one can experience, and the challenges associated with it deserve more acknowledgement in contemporary society. By normalizing so-called “mom breakdowns,” other mothers can find comfort in knowing that they are not alone in their struggles, and perhaps even reach out for help when things become too overwhelming.
This goes for fathers, too, by the way. For the sake of this post, though, I’m focusing on mothers.
Isolation, postpartum depression, feelings of helplessness and inferiority, and exhaustion are just a handful of examples of some of the struggles that present themselves when it comes to motherhood. It’s damn hard to navigate how to be a mom, and I strongly feel as though we need to collectively express our concern and care for young women when they, too, are having a rough day.
Here’s to mothers.
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