Things You Worry About As A Parent, And Why You Shouldn’t

Things You Worry About As A Parent, And Why You Shouldn’t

Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post.  All thoughts are my own and no other.  There are no affiliate links included in this post.  This post is now in the guidelines of the FTC.

As parents, we all worry about what is going to happen to our children as they’re growing up, and we like to think that we can protect them from all of the harm that may come their way. This is natural, but talking about these things is a good way to alleviate the total life-changing fear that you have as a parent that your children are going to come to some unknowable harm. I’ve put together a list of things that we all worry about, and why they’re probably (definitely) not as bad as we all think.

Something terrible is going to happen to me

A fear that we all get is: ‘Aah, something awful is going to happen to me, and I won’t be able to look after my children.’ This is probably the number one worry for parents, especially as I want to be the one to protect my children as they grow up and explore the world for themselves. But this is irrational for a number of reasons, the first being that you can’t magically prevent something like this from happening, and the chances are that it won’t. If you do spontaneously develop an injury, look to your family network for support and get the physical therapy required to get back on your feet.

They’re lagging behind the other kids at daycare or school

We also compare our children to the development of other kids, and worry that they may not be progressing at the rate that they should be. As a parent, it is natural to want your kids to be top of the class, and you feel so proud when they do something great that surpasses the academic expectations placed on the age group that they’re in. But being a parent has been about learning to accept that my children will progress at the rate that is right for them. I support them, help them with anything they’re struggling with, and encourage their growth, but I also accept that they’ll grow into themselves at slightly different paces.

They’re not healthy or happy

There is always a worry that I’ve done the wrong thing when it comes to decisions about the health and happiness of my children. This is one that I find the most easy to shoot down, however, because guess what? Parenting doesn’t come with a guidebook, although it would have been a helpful resource. Nobody can tell you what is objectively right or wrong for your children, and as long as you’ve followed the basic health and care advice out there, you can decide what the best choices to make are. Worrying that your children aren’t happy is also a waste of time if you’re doing all that you can as a Mom to create the best environment.

There are many things that you worry about as a parent, but the likelihood is that you’re doing just fine. Don’t beat yourself up, keep supporting your kids throughout their development, and don’t worry about something bad happening to you. Because you’re doing great, I promise.

Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post.  All thoughts are my own and no other.  There are no affiliate links included in this post.  This post is now in the guidelines of the FTC.

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