Single mom parenting while managing life with mental illness. Real. Beautiful.
Awesome post! 🙂
Earlier, I was just thinking in relief, Hey, at least I showered finally last night.
Then in my head I heard the questions my family has asked. Not without merit.
“If you can’t take care of yourself, how can you be trusted to care for a child?”
“What is it doing to your child seeing you with all this anxiety and depression?”
“Are you sure you can handle it?”
There are many parents without mental illness who can’t handle being a parent and they bail out. Mental illness makes it harder, not impossible.
I don’t know if it’s in my female “nurturer” dna encoding or if it’s because my childhood ended around the time I was eleven and took on the role of substitute mom, housekeeper, budgeter, ‘cos both parents worked full time.
Could have been the fact I always had pets and the caregiver thing was imprinted.
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