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A Moment of Truth

A Moment of Truth

I'll be honest, I've started and stopped this week's post a number of times. Every draft I put together wasn't...
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Parenting Guilt, Mama’s Got It

Parenting Guilt, Mama’s Got It

I went into parenthood with a lot of confidence.  "Parenting guilt" wasn't on my radar at all. After all, I'd...
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Postpartum Depression – The Boogeyman of Pregnancy

Postpartum Depression – The Boogeyman of Pregnancy

It's the boogeyman of pregnancy. The creepy monster hiding in your head. It's the thing that keeps you second guessing...
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Agh! I’m Losing It! How do I Calm Down?

Agh! I’m Losing It! How do I Calm Down?

When you're in the middle of a complete freakout, it can seem nearly impossible to calm down. The world is...
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My Favorite Ways to Prevent Overwhelm

My Favorite Ways to Prevent Overwhelm

It happens to all of us. No matter how skilled, or strong, or capable, we all eventually hit that moment....
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How do I know if it’s Stress or Depression?

How do I know if it’s Stress or Depression?

Is it stress or depression? Man, as a kid I never would have imagined needing a question like that, but,...
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It’s Not New Year’s But It’s A Smart Goals Resolution

It’s Not New Year’s But It’s A Smart Goals Resolution

Yeah, I'm leaving it a bit late for the whole New Year Resolution thing. After all, most people give up...
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What To Do When You Have No Motivation

What To Do When You Have No Motivation

I have to say...it's a scary feeling, knowing I have no motivation. After all, I have goals. I have dreams...
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The Importance of Family Traditions

We're all going to be too busy tomorrow to have any chance of reading a blog post, so I'm jumping...
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“Push Through the Pain” Parenting

“Push Through the Pain” Parenting

It's been a hard day. Let's be honest here, it's been a hard week. There's a lot of stuff I...
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Life with mental illness is hard.

There’s no way around that fact.  For some, it’s a constant niggling knowledge that at any moment, everything could go wrong.  For others, it’s a beast the sits on your chest and prevents you from moving or even breathing. You wake up in the morning and it seems to take all of your energy just to roll out of bed and on to the floor.  If I’m honest, the number of days depression left me to shout for help because my blanket was wrinkled is more than I would like to admit.  But still, when your brain is working against you, what can you do but stay afloat?

Parenting is hard, too.

There’s no way around that either. We’re surrounded by the perfect parents, the desperate parents, the freestyle parents, and so on, all vying to be the best. Meanwhile, you’re sitting here in the middle, just trying to stay awake while they tell you how to fix your latest parenting crisis. Baby won’t sleep? That’s okay! There’s a cure!  Kids fighting? We’ve got a few different fixes for that.  Mommy can’t stay awake? Try one of our thousand delightful recipes, guaranteed to wake you up and provide valuable bonding time with your littles. Okay, so, I’m exaggerating a little….but the thought is there.  Parenting is crazy hard work.

When you add those two things together….

Well, that gives you a whole new world of hard. You can become the parent who thanks god her eldest is old enough to cook for the youngest because you can’t even find pants and now you’re sobbing on the floor.  Or you may be the parent who looks at their newborn babe and feels a crushing despair instead of swelling love.  You could become the parent who overthinks every single action from your girl because you know that she’s right around the age to start presenting symptoms, and god…there’s a 10% chance she will.  You become more than just an illness, and more than just a role.

Parenting is hard.  Mental illness is hard.

Parenting with mental illness?  I’m pretty sure we’re superheroes.

Come be a superhero with me.

<3

Shahana