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. Then there was the classic, Children the Challenge by Rudolph Dreikurs, which enabled me to develop a positive approach to discipline. Dr. Helen DeRosis's work, Parent Power, Child Power 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 one see a different perspective and can help facilitate a better understanding of ourselves.
Because transition to motherhood can be stressful, we recommend Postpartum Support Groups. Call us for information on times and locations available in your community. Remember, there is help out there! You can also find an extensive network of resources through Postpartum Support International (PSI). Take advantage of the PSI warm line and Chat Sessions with professionals: www.postpartum.net.