Nothing tests your patience like becoming a mom. As amazing and joyful as babies are, they are also really stressful. When you combine the challenges of raising a little one with your raging postpartum hormones, it can add up to mood swings and bursts of mom anger. Keeping yourself calm, cool, and collected isn’t always easy, but luckily you don’t have to go it alone. There are plenty of ways your partner can help with your mom anger and make life a little easier for the both of you.
In my experience, moms just seem to be wired a little differently than dads. They seem to be programmed to stress out about the littlest things when it comes to their babies, and be hyper-vigilant about anything that might hurt them. Although those instincts can end up benefitting their babies and keeping them safe, they can also leave moms feeling burnt out and drained and prone to snapping. To me, mom anger isn’t a sign that you’re a cruel or bitter mother— it’s a sign that you’re working incredibly hard to do your best for your kid, but maybe it’s time for a little breather.
Here are seven ways your partner can help manage your mom anger that you might just want to print up and hang on the fridge.