OVERCOMING NEW PARENT ANXIETIES
By Leah Jennings
The words “new parents” and “anxiety” seem to be synonymous. If you Google the phrase “parent anxiety,” you’ll see titles such as “49 Parent Fears and How to Ease Them” and “Top 10 Fears of New Moms.”
WHAT FEAR TELLS YOU:
Parenting in this generation looks a lot differently than in generations past. Instant access to all kinds of research tells us what we’re doing wrong. This overload of information leaves us feeling stressed and afraid we’re unable to properly care for our children. Most new parent anxieties are centered around the same themes:
“I’M NOT GOOD ENOUGH.”
Blog and social media posts are constant reminders that the world is full of perfect parents and we’re not among them. We often wonder if we’re reading to our children enough, if we’re socializing them enough, and if we’re doing enough to aid in their physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual development.
But the truth is: You are more than enough.
God has entrusted you with this child for a reason. Trust that He will lead you in his or her upbringing. You are everything your child needs . . .
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