Outrageous Motherhood ~ In the Beginning
by Linda Meredith
No, motherhood doesn’t come naturally. Have you been living under this myth? Need to break free? Mama’s know this instinctively that this whole motherhood gig isn’t coming naturally the moment their baby emits its first cry. Fear, terror, panic all flood our very being, and can someone just tell me what to do!
Not to forget the moment when you realise you’ve zero clue what this black poop is! Just where in the motherhood magazines covered this one little number?! Flip, they didn’t! Then your senses become overwhelmed and you feel like the word “Failure” is a flashing neon light attached to your forehead. Well, at least I certainly did.
It’s at these crucial moments that shame enters the room and we begin to do whatever it takes to make it seem like “yeah, sure, I’m all over this motherhood gig.” (Not) And it gets even scarier when we realise our partner has even less of a clue than us. Just how ARE we going to feel we belong in this sacred group called Motherhood?
If I told you the first step was to throw out any rule book your heads made-up, your mother is dishing out, your mother in law is pitching for just how comfortable are you going to feel? You won’t. That’s the reality we live with in society as it tells us only product x,y,z will make your baby happy OR god forbid you need to bottle feed…
We need to remember the essence that unites us is love. We are women first, mothers second, and we can work the motherhood part out as we go along, We need to become Outrageous Mothers. Take up the challenge to be a mother who is bold with her decisions to discover the best way to raise her child, one child at a time.