Being a parent is something that is a loving and fulfilling journey that should not be entered into lightly, which any parent would tell you.
But being a parent is hard to understand if it is something you haven't actually done for yourself. This mom shared what it's really like being a parent, and if you have a little one of your own, you'll know her struggle.
So Often A Lot Of Us Look For Help
If we are lucky, we have our parents and family to rely on, or close friends who entered family life before we did. There are also lots of books and, of course, the internet.
But, Being In The Know Doesn't Prepare You For Everything
We can ask all the questions we want and do all the research we have time for and then some, but there will always be little things and big things we didn't feel ready for.
One Of The Greatest Things About Social Media Is The Community It Creates
Mom Laura Mazza is a blogger and social media presence who is using her platform to share the little things she didn't know about or wasn't ready for when she became a new mom.
She Recently Made Waves Talking About The Reality Of Adult Life
She points out that it's easy to get caught up in what we think is 'normal' and compare ourselves to the lives of other people when that isn't helpful or constructive at all.
Laura Recently Posted A 'Rant' On Facebook About How To Prepare For Children
The quirky and emotional discussion touches on everything from buying bananas that inevitably turn into a constant pile of bananas in the freezer that you'll someday make banana bread with.
It's Enduring And Brutally Honest
Even though Mazza approaches the subject lightheartedly, you can tell that she's speaking from a serious place and telling us that as crazy as all these sounds, it's all very true.
She Offers Some Tips
In her post, she suggests getting your friends to join you and help you prepare you for parenthood, because without the constant need for your attention from someone, you just won't be able to imagine it.
Nothing Is Sacred
The idea of pooping with the door open is not something that is appealing to me, and neither is being covered in spilled milk and I'm sure that this all is barely the tip of the iceberg.
It's Got To Be Exhausting
And to get up and do it all again, as Mazza points out, is going to be the daily struggle. Even if you think you're a little bit ready, you're probably not even close.
But, That Doesn't Mean It Isn't Worth It
It's clear from Mazza's writing that she loves being a mother and would never want her life to be any different. She's just merely letting us know that it isn't for the faint of heart.
Facebook Was Totally Behind Her
Lots of people took to the comments to share their experiences with Mazza. People who don't have kids were commenting about how impressive and thankful many of us are that parents do what they do.
Other People Will Sharing Their Own Warnings
From headbutting to hiding banana peels (who knew bananas would be so stressful as a parent?) they have their own cautionary tales to share that they weren't prepared for. Don't make the same mistakes.
Some Of Them Were Outrageous
I can imagine that never getting to your warm coffee would just be the icing on top of the cake that is the insanity of parenthood. Not being able to find spoiled milk sounds terrible.
But, That's What Love Is
Mazza is a social worker, so all of her posts, though often hilarious, hit home. She draws from her own life experiences as a mother, and her education and work experience.
She Will Post Some Of Her Lower Moments
She does this to show that no matter how badly a job you think you're doing, or how overwhelmed you feel, you're not alone and sometimes that makes a huge difference to someone.
She Doesn't Just Talk About Parenthood
She also posts about other issues like struggling with anxiety and depression, both as a mom and just as an individual. She says her focus in her work is to help women.
Her Posts Are Always Vulnerable
She speaks from the heart about what it's like to struggle with how your body changes after you have children, or even just as you grow older. Her brutal honesty is emotional at times and always uplifting.
She Wants Everyone To Know That What They Struggle Through Is Normal
There is no guidebook for how to become a parent, and even with blogs like hers, we're going to be going into it blind. But, that's OK because we are loved and supported.
You Can Tell That Love Is At The Center Of Everything She Does
Her blog is worth checking out even if you're not a parent, because the issues she speaks about in being a woman always hit home, no matter where you are in life.
Thank Goodness For People Who Share Their Stories
It's people being open and honest about the things they go through that help other people feel like vulnerability is OK and that we should be talking about these things, no matter how hard they are.