Is there anyone out there who embarks on parenthood with the idea it will be super-chill and stress-free? Or better yet, anyone who finds parenthood to be super-chill and stress-free? The reality for many of us is that, in some of its most intense moments, parenthood can be totally and utterly terrifying. The good news is that it can also bring you more love and gratitude than anything else ever has. Either way, if you know someone you know manages to be one of those totally zen parents who never gives in to the fear, please point me in his or her direction so I can become a loyal follower and attend any and all spiritual retreats that he or she headlines.
Still, I think most of us would agree that the perks of being a parent far outweigh the challenging stuff. The fear starts early for many of us, and doesn't typically let up. In my experience, kid-related worry and anxiety only changes shape, morphing into age-appropriate concerns. Take a look at what moms had to say when we posed the question of what’s been their scariest moment since having kids (and then feel free to join me in trying to figure out how to hug Internet strangers through my device).