Motherhood is Hard

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This morning I read an article on a blog I enjoy about family and motherhood. It had been showing up in my Facebook feed by some trusted mommy friends, so I thought I’d give it a read. Oh boy. Here I am, teary eyed with coffee in hand. If you’re a mom of a young child, you must read this. It’s so easy to feel like a failure as a parent, especially when you’re in survival mode amidst a divorce. I find myself more often than not struggling with the guilt of what balance looks like and why it’s so different than I anticipated. When you’re trying to cope with the harsh realities of a marriage falling apart, the parenting gig is still just as hard as it was before. Actually, there are whole new levels of hardship. Is she acting this way because she’s 3 or because I didn’t make her apologize that one time or because her parents are divorced? The mind of a mother races endlessly. Calm the race for a moment, head on over to Austin Moms Blog, and read the article below. It will tug on all the heartstrings and remind you you’re not alone in this quest to raise small humans well.

This Stage of Life? It’s Hard by Haley Hengst

Image by Katie Beverley 

 

8 thoughts on “Motherhood is Hard

    1. Lauren McKinley

      I totally get that. I have never endured what you’re experiencing, but I remember that feeling in a different light. When my ex-husband left our marriage I had a hard time reading any article about the hard work that couples were going through to rebuild their marriage after an affair. I would have given anything to have that chance to work on my marriage. Different circumstances, I know, but I remember the feeling. Praying for comfort in this time of waiting.

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  1. Marissa

    We all experience hard, and that is an essential part of life – the hard makes us look for better and want to fix what isn’t the best around us. Sharing it helps others know they are not alone and grows strength. Glad you found a little bit of solidarity and support in another’s words.

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  2. Jennifer Buczynski

    I have three babies – 4.5, 2.5 and 5 months. This lady knows what she’s talking about! As HARD as it is, I try to take time each day to just gaze at my kids, taking a snapshot with my mind as I watch them grow so quickly right before my eyes. I’ve got guilt over all those things, but I’m learning that if I don’t do those things she lists as “you need to”s, I am far more guilty and have no fun!

    I personally lost it at this line though – “It’s the stage where they can fit their entire selves into your lap to snuggle…and they want to.” 🙂

    But MAN! The comment section blew up over there! lol. Why are we so easily offended?!

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  3. Carrie Anderson-Woman Apologist

    Girlfriend! Not only is all mothering hard, but single mothering is the HARDEST. We have to bear the burden of two people – not one. And we are subjected to even more scrutiny on our parenting than married people. I’ve been a single mom for 8 years now, and I’m still figuring this thing out. Great big squishy hugs to you!

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  4. Jed Jurchenko

    I agree, parenting can be challenging, and being in a blended family only makes it more so. But Jenny and I are learning that it can be done well. Know that you are in our thoughts and prayers on this difficult road ahead.

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