Hardest part of Motherhood

Parenting is a tough job. It seriously is, and let nobody tell you otherwise. You are responsible for a life and every decision of yours will have direct or indirect repercussions on that tiny being. This itself should scare you, and rightly so, as only then will you be a good parent. Right from the time you conceive till the end of your life, you will face many challenges as a parent; they are different at every stage and nothing prepares you for it, but as the topic talks about hardest part of being a mother, I will stick to that. So what is the hardest part of being a mom? While I still have to experience a lot, I will touch upon the things that I have seen or experienced till date in my journey of being a mother.

Being a new mom-

Being a first-time mom was the hardest part of my parenting journey. No amount of books prepared me for what lay in store. Though it’s a wonderful feeling, it is an uphill task.Firstly, your sense of privacy is evaded with the whole delivery process then come the endless feed sessions, baby latching problems, sleepless days, all this and more leaves you exhausted. Add to it the post-partum depression, hormonal changes, the recovery time etc., you simply feel bogged down by everything. There was a point where I felt I made the biggest mistake of my life by deciding to have a baby. There is also the nervousness of messing something up which takes a toll on you. Those initial days were the hardest weeks with my newborn. The second time around I was better equipped and I also knew that though the first few weeks are hard, they do get over and a sense of normalcy will prevail.

Having to deal with the innocent age –

The odd age when the child is not old enough to understand everything and not young enough to be fooled is another hard time for a mother. For example – They understand the entertainment avenues and see the hep, pulsating songs and want to gyrate on it but as a mother and an adult, I also understand the double-meaning vulgar words that are being mouthed. How do you explain that to a child? The first innocent crush that the child experiences might not be seen as just that by others. The innocent urge to enact their favorite hero/heroines moves or acts might actually be vulgar, evading privacy or dangerous. How do you communicate that to the child without being harsh?

First crush

Being prepared and helping the children grown up –

This isn’t as simple as it sounds! Till the child is small you can enforce rules, monitor, and put some kind of regulation on what they watch, what influences them, who are they with etc. but after they are independent enough to make these decisions how to you safeguard their interests while not being seen as intrusive? It’s a tight rope to walk. The hardest part in this stage of parenting is watching. The new feelings that the children experience, right from their first crush to their heartbreak, the peer-pressure, the new world order, all this and more is what the child will want to be a part of and as a parent all we can do is watch and maybe hold an umbrella for them in the face of a storm.

These are some of the hardest things that I feel one has to deal while being a mother. I am sure there are much more. What are your thoughts? Have you faced any such problems or do you have a solution to offer? Would love to hear it

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26 thoughts on “Hardest part of Motherhood

  1. Jyotirmoy Sarkar says:

    Though i am still unmarried and not a woman but still i can realize the tough time…pregnancy and some of its consequences are not easy to overcome.
    its also very tough when your child gradually step into this practical life and innocence vaqnishes with time.
    Very nicely written.
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  2. Monika says:

    Middle path is always the best path…..let them face storm initially , protect them when u c they r small to bear the storm, lovely written neha

  3. Geethica Mehra says:

    The hardest part is when you the kids are in odd age. They want to know everything still can’t be explained all at once. And yes, our emotions are directly applicable to them; whether happy or sad

  4. The Wordy Mom says:

    It’s all hard! When my daughter was young, I’d always say “if I can just get through this phase, it will all be OK.” My parents kept warning me that after this phase, there would be the next one. And they were right. I don’t know that one phase is harder than the other. They’re all hard. Just in different ways.

  5. Rumaisa says:

    I found bfing the hardest part of motherhood. It was just really difficult for me. I also struggled with ppd so that was an added.

  6. Jessica says:

    Motherhood is a constant struggle to let them do and learn on their own even if it means failing or helping them.

  7. Torche Nash says:

    Motherhood can be tough! Every aspect of it is challenging. We all have to remember to hang tight and although it can be exhausting, it can also be rewarding. I’m with you and I understand!

  8. Jenni says:

    Being a parent is hard. My toughest part is seeing the struggles that my children face with their autism but I’m determined to help them overcome every obstacle that they face.

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