Tuesday, 28 January 2020

5 Big Challenges That All Mums May Face

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Everybody knows that being a mum is one of the hardest jobs there is, and many feel like they are out of their depth. They think that the challenges they face every single day are unique to them and that all of the other mums out there are handling things a lot better than they are. But that isn’t true at all and the reality is, it’s a steep learning curve for everybody and all mums face the same set of challenges every single day. If you are feeling overwhelmed, have a read through this list of some of the biggest challenges that mums face, and know that you aren’t the only one.

Judgment From Other Mums 
This is a big problem and even though we don’t mean it, we can all be guilty of judging people from time to time. When it comes to parenting choices, everybody has to decide what they think is best for their own child, but this can lead to a lot of judgment from other mums. Things like breastfeeding, for example, can be very controversial and mums that choose not to might feel judged. If you feel that you are constantly justifying your parenting choices, you need to change the way you think. The truth is, there is no right way to do things and if you are doing what you genuinely think is best for your child, you’re doing enough and it doesn’t matter if other people don’t agree with your parenting style. 

Being Ignored 
Kids all go through those stages where they will ignore whatever you say, and it’s so frustrating. A lot of mums worry that it’s their bad parenting and they haven’t done enough to discipline their child, but that's not the case, kids are just difficult sometimes. Check out this list of funny things that mums say to their kids and you’ll realise that you aren’t the only one that is constantly saying the same things over and over, only to have it fall on deaf ears. It’s so frustrating, but you just have to keep going and eventually, you will get through to them. The all grow up in the end!


Working Mum Guilt 
If you are working at the same time as raising kids, it’s very common to feel working mum guilt. People often feel guilty because they are missing out on certain aspects of their child’s life while they are at work. They may also feel guilty because they are not putting in 100% at work either. Wherever you are, you’ll always feel like you’re missing out on something and you should be putting more of your time into work or your family. Unfortunately, you can’t do everything and if you want to have a career and a family, you will need to learn to cut yourself some slack and accept that you have to split your time, and just do your best.

Tiredness 
Being a parent is the hardest job there is because you don’t get to clock off. You have to be there 24/7 to deal with whatever your children will throw at you. It doesn’t matter if you’re sick or if you haven’t slept properly in days, you still need to fulfil your parenting duties. That’s why tiredness is one of the biggest challenges that all mums face. This is especially true if you are raising the kids on your own and you don’t have anybody else there to take over when you need a break. But it’s important that you don’t try to do everything on your own and you aren’t afraid to ask friends and family for help if you need it. Taking some time for yourself every now and again will help you to recharge your batteries so you don’t burn yourself out and you have the energy to be the best parent that you can. 

Watching Them Grow Up 
Once you have overcome all of the other challenges that come with being a parent, there is one final challenge to face. Watching your kids grow up can be so hard and a lot of parents are completely unprepared for it. When you start hitting those milestones like sending them to university or even watching them get married, and you realise that they don’t rely on you for everything anymore, it can be quite emotional.  A lot of parents feel that they have lost their sense of purpose in some ways, but you should see their independance as an opportunity to start doing all of the things that you couldn’t do when they were smaller. 

When you feel that things are getting too much for you and you are doubting your skills as a mum, just remember that everybody faces the same challenges, and you will get there. Keep going, you're doing a fabulous job! 



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