My daughter was born into this world butting into other people's conversations, as if she'd been doing it in the womb. To call her an extrovert is an understatement, and honestly, I'm not sure where she gets it from. My partner's somewhat the same, but not on our daughter's level. Being the complete opposite myself definitely raises a few challenges, too. In fact, there are a significant number of struggles of an introvert mom raising an extrovert kid — including having to put myself out there into the world as much as my daughter does, at times, and even when it's most uncomfortable — that I've just come to accept.
I've always been an introvert, though, in my younger years, I was able to pull the extrovert side of me (buried somewhere in the depths of my being) as needed. Looking back, I don't know how I did it. Parties, group gatherings, school projects — you name it — I managed to get through every instance with the ease a naturally outgoing person might automatically exude. Deep down, though, putting myself out there so boldly has always been terrifying. I'd much rather hide in the corner in total silence, or let others lead conversations, because when I try to put myself out there it never comes out right. It's just not me.
While I own my introvert characteristics and how awkward I may come across to others, raising a daughter on the opposite side of things can be supremely stressful. Not only does she force me out of my usual comfort zones, but I'm always afraid I'll unintentionally hold her back from reaching her full potential. For example, I don't want to be the reason she can't hang in groups. It's a lot of pressure to fight everything my insides tell me to do, and do what my daughter needs me to do. With that, here's some of the struggles introverted moms raising extroverted kids might have to deal with on the daily.