Raising children is a challenge! Maybe that’s why so many books and articles have been written on this subject. One book in particular, The Growth and Development of Mothers by Angela Barron McBride, outlined the anger-depression-guilt-go-around experienced by moms who strive for perfection. For me, coming to terms with this perfection myth took time and energy. Another classic book, Children the Challenge by Rudolph Dreikurs, enabled me to develop a positive approach to discipline. Then there was Dr. Helen DeRosis’s work, Parent Power, Child Power which helped me grow in my mothering role. I encourage all parents to read and glean insight from professionals as well as one another. Sharing with other parents often helps us see a different perspective and can help facilitate a better understanding of ourselves.
Because transition to motherhood can be stressful, I highly recommend community-based postpartum support groups – there really is help out there! You can also find an extensive network of resources through Postpartum Support International (PSI) including online support groups. Or take advantage of the PSI warm line and Chat Sessions with professionals. Check out their website here: www.postpartum.net.