#ad I’m quite open here about how not having my mum around has made me feel very vulnerable in many ways – including being a parent.
Research by @WaterWipes found that 62% of British parents feel like they’re failing during their first year, and that 47% of UK mums don’t talk about their parenting struggles for fear of being judged. While I was eager to start a family, I went from losing my mum to being married and pregnant in the space of three months and not having her around has been tough in so many ways. I have a husband who will happily take over while I disappear into the room, reassure me and stay up with me when I’ve have some sort of night trauma, which started when I lost my mum. I know someone is probably thinking well you’re both parents and what’s your point, he’s MEANT to do all this. There are many days I wonder, am I doing enough for our son? Am I teaching him all the things I should be? Is he where he should be? And many more questions. Then you have people ask questions that implies they’re not too sure about your parenting and you’re not doing a number of things right.
However I’m so thankful I’m able to do this parenting job with someone who constantly reassures us that we’re raising a smart and happy boy in a loving home. I think it’s important to share our honest experience, because we’re not perfect but we do our best. This is why I’ve teamed up with WaterWipes, its new #ThisIsParenthood project aims to normalise more open, honest conversations around the highs and lows of parenthood and inspire self-belief in parents worldwide. The project consists of a documentary, short films and a photography series made in partnership with mums, dads and BAFTA nominated director Lucy Cohen. Starting a conversation about this it’s like a release for me, you just never know who you’re helping!
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