Those of you who already know me, know that I’m totally transparent and humble about my own parenting struggles. And I’m just going to tell you straight: Nearly 9 years into parenting, I still struggle with a lot of the same things that you do. I still don’t get enough sleep. I’m still plagued with fears, anxiety and guilt about what I should and shouldn’t do. I’m constantly worried that I’m doing something wrong, and I often feel like I’m failing at everything. I’m scared that my kids will struggle at school, that they won’t make any friends, that my apartment will never be clean enough, that my kids don’t get enough protein, and that they’ll hate me when they grow up. And even though I know this is all totally normal, I still feel crappy about it. The thing I sense that you and I most likely share is the worry, the anxiety, the fear that we’re not good enough parents, that we’re doing something wrong, that we’ll never get enough sleep, and the (annoying!) feeling that every other parent looks like they’re handling it with more grace than you are. And maybe those other well-rested, happy parents really are fundamentally relaxed, Zen people. Or maybe, as I suspect – they’re all lying! If you want to hear more about this topic, you DEFINITELY want to listen to my recent tele-seminar (download here), where I’ll be sharing some of my best-kept secrets: the ones that really help me, and families like you sleep and feel better. And as always, I love to hear from you. If you’re struggling with sleep or any new parent anxiety, share them with me here. Tell me what’s keeping you up at night and how you’re feeling. And if you’re just sleep-deprived and ready to change, please reach out to me. You can schedule a complimentary connection call HERE. I look forward to hearing from you!
Hi, I’m Natalie, founder of Mommywise. I’m a Brooklyn mom of two (now) teenagers, PPD survivor, still humbled by the early years of parenting. I started this blog in 2004 as a way to help other parents who felt as dark and lonely as I felt to feel less shame, normalize the feelings of not loving parenthood, and raise awareness about postpartum mood disorders. I’m passionately committed to helping new parents feel more joy, offering sustainable employment for women and mothers, and contributing to positive change in the world.