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Motherhood Is Not for Sissies!

04 May

Motherhood is not for sissies.

The rewards are flat-out amazing, no question about it. But I'm not here to talk about the good parts today.

Today I want to acknowledge what a demanding, stressful, nonstop job it is. And let's face it: even if you're lucky enough to have a great partner to carry the load with you, it's still no day at the beach.
When the kids are babies, you don't get around to brushing your teeth 'til noon; you go to work with spit-up on your silk blouse; and you've learned to function (sort of) on 4 hours of sleep.

By the time they're in grade school, you've come to realize that there's no longer any such thing as a 'sick day'; you may never be caught up on anything, ever again; and you've become acclimated to the fact that you're in a constant state of worry. Sometimes, you worry about not knowing what you should be worrying about.

Your new definition of luxury involves being able to do things (eat lunch, take a bath, read the paper, talk on the phone...) without interruption.

I could go on and on, coming up with my own memories of the hard parts of motherhood (now viewed humorously through the cushiony mists of time), but you already know all this.

So this is just a salute to all the mothers everywhere, who do their best and never feel like it's good enough.

Hats off!

I hope somebody waits on you hand and foot sometime soon.

All best,

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Belleruth Naparstek

Psychotherapist, author and guided imagery pioneer Belleruth Naparstek is the creator of the popular Health Journeys guided imagery audio series. Her latest book on imagery and posttraumatic stress, Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal (Bantam Dell), won the Spirituality & Health Top 50 Books Award.