In the early days of struggles with our daughter, I would comment about how challenging this was. A family member was shocked at my comments and told me that I shouldn’t say things like that.
Every doctor appointment we went to, for as small as a sniffle, I would ask them about the struggles we were having in our home.
I sat in multiple Early Childhood parent meetings and complained of our challenges while no one said anything similar.
I vented to my mom the battles that we had and she silently listened but didn’t know how to respond.
My husband saw me not leaving the house and encouraged me to try, not knowing it was easier to stay home.
And no one knew the depth or the reality of what was going on in our home or in my heart.
As a first time mom I struggled with knowing if this was normal only find out years later that much of our struggles were far from normal.