thank you

“The truth will set you free. But first, it will piss you off.”
– Gloria Steinem

Thank you all so very much for your honesty, candor and support regarding my last post. I greatly admire each of you for sharing your own personal struggles with me, as well as the things you’ve found to help you cope.

On one hand, I’m glad to know I’m not alone. On the other hand, it saddens me that so many of us struggle with this and yet never talk about it.

I often find it hard to open up to other women, even those I consider friends. Blogging makes communication a bit easier, because of the anonymity involved. Perhaps blogging about it here is a start and, eventually I will be able to talk about it with others in person. I think it’s hard for us women (mothers specifically) to open ourselves up, admit we are human (like it or not, we are) and talk about something like this because we fear that others will think poorly of us or judge us. It was refreshing to see that no one passed judgment in their comments, on me or anyone else. Thank you.

And thank you to those of you who’ve taken me up on my challenge too. I have enjoyed learning more about each of you through your honest posts. I will put together a list of all participants (so you still have time to write something and let me know) in the next week.

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3 thoughts on “thank you

  1. Amy,

    I had my blog for months before I actually began to write online. I was simply paralyzed by the thoughts of what would happen if I was completely honest. I finally realized that in my quest to live a full life, I’ve vowed to be true to myself and to take responsibility. I told my friends and family about the blog and gave them the option to have aliases. I write about my life and all the joy and madness that it entails.

    Congrats for pushing yourself to be honest. It really can be a challenge. Add me to your list!

    Take a peek at http://www.FineryInLife.com

  2. I’m glad you feel less alone, Amy. Blogging is great therapy :)

    I’ve had some moments like those describe recently. We ended up discussing that at our last LLL meeting – it seems that it’s a universal issue with the arrival of a secondborn – the first child becomes much harder to parent, and our patience is strained. But you’re right – just because it’s normal doesn’t mean we can’t do something about it!

  3. What a great response you’ve had to your entry! I agree that more women need to fess up to not being “perfect” mothers. I’m lucky that I have a few good friends and we can say to each other – you know I really don’t like my kids today. Don’t have to pretend everythings great all the time. I found it helped to remember that anger is a secondary emotion. You only usually get angry because you are tired, or stressed, or feel out of control – so you lash out. Ah ain’t the world wide web a wonderful thing. People connecting from all over the place.;)

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