Who else has “mommy anxiety”? No, seriously...I’m not joking. Mommy anxiety is a real thing. If you’re a mom reading this, you know exactly what I’m talking about! I was sitting at a light, waiting to turn left on to the street my son’s high school is off of. It’s nearly 5:30pm and I’m headed to go pick up my son from water polo practice. I’m sitting at this light and all of the sudden, a fire truck comes racing through the intersection, flying towards my son’s school. My heart starts to pound. I can no longer see where this fire truck has sped off to. And in my mind, I’m praying that fire truck is not going to my son’s school. Then every thought of how my son could’ve possibly ended up hurt at practice races through my head. Maybe he was under water too long and loss consciousness. Maybe he some how smacked his head on the pool deck and cracked his head open. The thoughts just kept rolling through my head. Then the light turned green. I made my left hand turn and I could no longer see the fire engine. Now I’m thinking my thoughts are confirmed. The truck turned in to my son’s school. I turn in to the school looking all over for the truck. Where could it be? Alas, no sign of the truck. All appears normal. Then my son comes out of practice and drags his tired, teenage body, to the car. I can breathe. My heart has stopped pounding. I feel better now that he is with me. > Who else goes through this? Who else feels this way? How many of you mamas deal with these emotions? It’s like a new mom checking the baby monitor every 5 minutes, just to make sure their baby is breathing. Guess what new mamas...this feeling never goes away! You will be checking the figurative “baby monitor” their entire lives. For some, they handle it nicely. For others, much like myself, I consider it legit anxiety. I am constantly fearing the unknown with my children. What if they get lost in a large crowd, what if they get hurt at school, what if...what if...what if! The what ifs just keep rolling in! .
QOTD: are you a helicopter mom, and do you deal with the anxiety I described in today’s blog? How do you handle it?
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