Parental Paradox: Understanding our Love/Hate Relationship with Motherhood

Parental Paradox: Understanding our Love/Hate Relationship with Motherhood

Thanks to the talented Emily Pardy for today’s blog post! Emily is a counselor and founder of Ready Nest Counseling in Nashville, TN. Ready Nest Counseling helps couples prepare for parenthood by caring for their relational wellness as they transition through conception, pregnancy, post-partum, and infertility. Emily has written for multiple parenting publications including Thriving Family magazine and ParentLife magazine. She has her Masters in Marriage & Family Therapy from Lipscomb University and is the author of For All Maternity, a humorous memoir of her own journey into motherhood. Emily resides in Nashville, TN with her husband and three rambunctious daughters.

 

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Parenthood comes with many paradoxes. You may have tried and tried to conceive, only to instantly sense deep doubts or dread once the pregnancy test turned positive. You can pray all evening for your screaming baby to fall asleep and then miss them desperately a mere minute after they are tucked in bed. You might plan a getaway with your spouse in an effort to escape the humdrum of domestic daily life, only to find yourself filled with worries and anxiety steering your heart back home.

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Simplicity in the Christmas Season

Simplicity in the Christmas Season

I’m bringing back a post from last Christmas because the message still rings true, so it bears repeating. Included are minor updates to reflect the current year…

Having a two-year-old at Christmas brings a new and unexpected perspective to the season. All the flurry and busy of this time of year is slowed and reconsidered through the eyes of my little one. He brings a simplicity to the wonders I’ve come to take for granted. I know his view on Christmas will change as he ages and so I want to capture a few lessons from this time, documenting what he’s teaching me as he experiences Christmas for the first time.

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