Many people I know compare finding mom friends to the dating game. Moms are looking for company, but they are also yearning to meet a like-minded person who is experiencing the same things. Why is it that this search sometimes feels more like a quest, and what can we do about it? This is a post I wrote for the Washington Post blog, On Parenting.
Mothers have a hard time taking care of themselves because they are so busy taking care of everyone else. People talk about the beauty of motherhood, but not about how hard it can be. This is because we live with the myth that motherhood is all sunshine and roses. Despite what we see in the media, being a mom is not always wonderful. It can be hard and messy and unpredictable. The way to cope with the reality of motherhood is to acknowledge our true feelings and to put our own needs into the equation. Read more of an interview I did with Valerie Young of Your Woman in Washington.