To put it simply, it's no secret that in between all the joy and wonder and snuggles, parenthood can be very scary. It might actually be easier to compile a list of things that aren’t frightening for parents than it would be to compile a list of things that are. Here’s what I was able to come up with: 1) socks, 2) anytime when my son is sitting comfortably on my lap at home, 3) newborn kittens. That’s it.
OK, fine, I’m being a little dramatic. I’ve always had a pretty low fear tolerance. Horror movies are not my jam, I avoid news stories about disasters and murders as much as possible, and I keep a healthy supply of pepper spray in my house and in my purse (any bad guys reading this should note that I will spray you in the face).
I could probably scrounge up with a few more non-scary things if you twist my arm, but my point is this: There are lots of things that parents, especially new moms, can be afraid of, ranging from the light and fluffy (teddy bear in the crib? GTFO. Those eyes might not be sewed on tightly enough) to the dark and terrifying (guns, crime, diseases, banana slugs, etc.).
As a parent, the fears that can be toughest to shake are the ones surrounding the health and well-being of my son. Ugh, I can barely scratch the surface on this one without getting all worked up about it. I’ll stop here and let some other moms speak for themselves when it comes to what scares them the most.