When you ask a pregnant woman if she’s having a boy or girl, she’ll often reply with “I don’t know, but I just want a happy and healthy baby.” When she responds this way, she’s not just saying she wants the birth to go well; she’s saying she wants her child to be happy and healthy beyond the birth. Hearing this over and over again has made me realise that we talk about emotions as though they’re end states.
But emotions are not end states. They are by-products. We have to be aware of this because the way we understand emotions has an impact on the way we go about pursuing them for ourselves and invoking them in others.
After reading the title, did you ask yourself whether you’re a good parent or a bad parent? If so, what kinds of things did you immediately think about when coming to a conclusion?
Do you feel like a bad parent because you haven’t given your child enough attention today? Because you’re struggling to get everything done? Because you haven’t been as patient as you’d like to be? Because you feel like other parents just cope better than you do? Because you feel like other parents are judging you? Perhaps you did something nice just for yourself today?
It might seem strange posting about Mother’s Day when it’s Father’s Day that’s coming up in a couple of weeks. But the impending celebrations have got me thinking…
I’ve reached the conclusion that Mother’s Day is a farce. It’s a dumb day. You might be thinking this is a morbid statement given I only became a mother 6 months ago. Then again, you might be thinking hooray, you’ve realised early that it’s a crap day so you’ve saved yourself years of disappointment!
The sentiment underlying Mother’s Day is a lovely one. Dedicating a day to celebrating our mothers, being mothers ourselves and having maternal bonds with mother's outside of our own families is heartwarming.
Since becoming a mum, have you ever thought I don’t know who I am anymore? If the answer is yes, then you’re not alone.
I always wanted to become a mum and I feel blessed beyond measure to now be one. But mum life is different in so many ways to how I imagined it would be. That isn’t a bad thing; it’s just meant I’ve had to rethink how I view certain aspects of my life.
My husband and I have been called to make a difficult decision.
We recently watched a few documentaries including What the Health and Forks over Knives. They each put information forward to advocate for a vegan diet.
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