For many men fatherhood today is just as big of a role as motherhood. Modern men don’t walk in the door from work to a hot meal, shiny faced children and a perfectly presented wife to silently hear his struggles without burdening him with any of her own. They are hands on, they often parent unassisted, either as the stay at home parent, single parents or caring for the children alone during the time their partners are at work at night or on weekends. Like motherhood the true challenges of fatherhood are often glossed over and mens role in parenting is also often down played; Dads babysitting again? No, he is actually parenting. I am the primary stay at home parent in our family but when I’m at work my husband is the stay at home parent and does everything I would be doing.
I have shared my story of our pregnancy loss here and mentioned my PND diagnosis a few times. I was the girl who always wanted to be a Mum. When I miscarried I was devastated, when I had 2 false positives I was literally more broken than I have ever been. I probably should have done something about my depression then but I didn’t. I figured I was just grieving and it would go away. It did for a while. Finally we got our beautiful Monkey, our rainbow baby and I thought that my depression was fixed but it wasn’t.
I have decided it is time for a real motherhood challenge, showing the real challenge of Motherhood in all its imperfect glory. I want to create something to show that it is in fact the struggles we overcome which we should be most proud of and that, although ‘the real motherhood challenge‘ isn’t the face of motherhood society encourage us to share, we need to embrace and share not only the wonderful ups but also the hardest parts of our real motherhood experiences. You can read the original article here.
K’s real motherhood story.
K is a beautiful and kind woman who I have met online through interest groups. She is a truly inspirational person with a massive heart and faces real challenges every single day. She recently wrote a beautiful rap expressing her fight and her experience which really moved me when she shared it. When I decided to create this series I knew that K’s story was one I would love to share. Throughout the time I have known her she has been through more downs than ups and yet she continues to care and give to others in the most beautiful way. She has given me permission to share her rap here with you and a brief bio. This is K’s real motherhood challenge.
The latest trend in the mummy mafia of facebook is the ‘Motherhood Challenge’. I’m sure you’ve all seen it and at face(book) value it seems like a harmless and fun way to fly your Mummy flag, loud and proud. In case you haven’t seen it, here it is;
Motherhood Challenge: I was nominated to post 5 pictures that make me happy to be a Mother. I’m tagging 10 people that I think are great Mothers to post 5 pictures for the Motherhood Challenge! I will copy and paste this in the comments below for you. Here are my 5 pictures that make me happy to be a mother x