Parent24 chats to Megan
This real mom shares her experiences as a working mom of 2.
Megan is a working mom with a fragile grip on sanity who has found raising her kids to be the scariest thing she's ever done and spends her spare time as a trainee wine connoisseur and cat servant.• Are there any challenges you’ve found which have been particularly tough?
Wading through all the bullsh*t advice and well meaning people who know the perfect way to solve your problems. These usually involve some revolting recipe passed down from Great Grandma. I tend to parent by the seat of my pants and threw every parenting book I was given away.
• What have you enjoyed most about being a parent so far?
Watching a newborn baby grow into an independent person. It's the craziest thing having a conversation with my 5-year-old about how much she wants a pet dragon when not so long ago she was just saying her first word! Oh, and playing with Lego. Having children is a great excuse to play with Lego.
• Any tips you have for new parents, based on your own experiences?
You don't have to raise your kid how everyone tells you to. If you hate breastfeeding, stop. If you think your 4-month-old is too young for solids, don't give him any. Do what feels right for you, your baby and your sanity. If you feel like you can't cope, see a doctor about it! I've been medicated for PND and I can honestly tell you, there's no shame in it and it feels like the weight of the world lifts off you!
• Do you feel you have enough support?
Yes. I have the most wonderful fiancé and group of friends who have been absolutely life-saving. The community of moms on Twitter have carried me through some pretty tough times and I'll never be able to thank them enough. It's amazing how even a virtual hug can get you through a difficult spell. Do you know any awesome parents with a story to tell? Drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org . You can also chat to us on Twitter and Facebook.