Why do you feel the need to justify yourself to anyone?
If you are truly comfortable with what you are doing then a comment from someone you haven't interacted with in five years should be like water off a duck's back. If you are doing what suits you and your family best right now, that is all that matters.
No need to martyr yourself or apologise.
Good to see some writing about experiences with caesareans. But please don't generalise. I too have delivered two babies by caesarean sections. I have had no changes to normal sensation around the scar. I have also never experienced incontinence. Not immediately afterwards and not now 13 and 16 years later. I also generally refuse to enter into any discussion about why I had caesarean sections or why both of my children were breast fed for a total of 7 days each before being weaned onto formula. Women waste too much time and energy worrying about how their children will be born and fed. Neither matters.
Give me my teenager and tween over a baby and a toddler any day. Unclenching and relinquishing control over everything is difficult but also freeing. By the time they are teenagers you know them much better than when they were toddlers and you know what works and what doesn't for each child. Ultimately you do your best with each child, but you don't really control how things work out for them.
This is a great article, which will help destigmatise Borderline Personality Disorder. It's just a pity the title/headline is stigmatising and clickbaity. Before the reader even gets to the article it implies a selfless mother who has given everything is then treated inapropriately by her daughter who lives with this heavily stigmatised illness. Surely the talented team of Mamamia journalists can find something kinder to draw eyeballs to this important piece of writing?
Why do people care what people outside their relationship think? As long as both partners are happy with the division of labour and childcare and are happy in the relationship, who cares what comments a random person makes. Don't martyr yourself, and sure correct them, but it's such a waste of energy getting upset about this. Nothing good comes from hanging your sense of self and your happiness on external validation.
Beautifully articulated. Unfortunately we need to accept that we have no more control over whether our friends and family get the Covid vaccine than the strangers we walk past in the street. And just like the antivax stranger, convincing them to change their mind is going to be near impossible.
None of these opinions communicates underlying abuse. So none of them are wrong. And as for unpopular - it would be interesting to see a list of 'popular' opinions. It would be hard to come up with one because what seems 'popular to one parent will be wildly unpopular to another. These are just different parenting approaches. What works for one child and family, is a disaster for another. No need for any of us to be justifying what we are doing, to each other as long as what we are doing works for us, our child(ren) and our family.
You know your kids and your family best, so do what you feel is right for them. There is no need for angst or defensiveness over whether debit cards are right or wrong for kids. For some kids they will be perfect, for others a disaster. Make a decision for your kids and just get on with it. You don't need the rest of the world's approval to parent your kids.
This is better than the usual passive aggressive, infantilising fare that has been served up by women on social media on this topic recently (think the excruciating documentation of the woman trying to teach her husband to feed his dog) This is direct and honest and because of that may actually get some positive response. Well written!
Thank you for highlighting this problem. I am privileged and can afford private health insurance, which has over the last fourteen years covered tens if not over a hundred thousand dollars for private hospital admissions to manage the Bipolar 1 Disorder I live with. Just one of the five different medications I take daily, costs $35 per week. Thanks to the high standard of psychiatric care I can access, I live a happy, highly functioning life. But not everyone can afford private health insurance. At the moment good quality mental health care is means dependent in this country, and it needs to change.
Could not agree more. Breast feeding propaganda can be immensely damaging to new mothers and the benefits of breast over formula feeding are overstated for most babies. This recent Thought Food article may be of interest to any new mother who is struggling with breast feeding and is being told by pro breastfeeding organisations to 'just keep going' : https://anitalinkthoughtfood.com/2020/08/10/the-breast-is-best-myth/
@bittersweet I am sorry you had to go through that, and it sounds as though walking away was the right decision. Ultimately everyone is responsible for their own mental health, and no one else can force someone or persuade someone to take that responsibility seriously if they don't want to or if they are just too unwell. Early diagnosis and appropriate treatment give someone the best chance at achieving insight and taking responsibility. Sadly, stigma surrounding mental illness - especially those extending beyond anxiety and depression - can get in the way of people seeking help, and if they do and don't get the right care they need early on it can make them resistant to seeking help later.
The comparison game is a slippery slope in any aspect of life, but nowhere more so than when people compare one mental illness with another. It's tempting to base opinions on how you interpret social media or the way people look and sound, but we have no idea what someone else is going through.
It is also all relative. As someone who has experienced symptoms of severe catatonic depression, mania, psychosis, and panic attacks as part of Bipolar 1 Disorder, to me it can feel as though if mental health were a popularity contest depression would be equal if not a close second to anxiety, but psychosis and the mental illnesses featuring it would not even be admitted to the contest.
Comparison will make you miserable. But remembering you are not alone is important. And other people are writing and talking about what depression feels like. You may like to check out this article I wrote for Mamamia a while back: https://www.mamamia.com.au/...
Thank you for reading and commenting. It's so important for the people who have these illnesses to comment. I couldn't agree more with you. If you enjoyed this piece on discriminatory language, you may also be interested in https://anitalinkthoughtfoo..., which deals with the role the media plays in vilifying our most vulnerable mentally ill. You can also find this piece on mamamia at: https://www.mamamia.com.au/...
Well said. We do have a long way to go, but will get there if we continue to generate open discussion. Hearing from people who have a mental illness, especially a complex mental illness is so incredibly valuable. Thank you for reading and commenting.
Thank you so much for taking the time to read and comment. You are so right in saying it is often easier for people to jump to conclusions without considering that an undiagnosed, untreated or poorly managed mental illness may be at least part of the equation. Of course it's not always the case, but I feel strongly we at least need to rule it out. If we dig deeper in a lot of these cases we may well come up with the immense short comings of our public mental health system. If you enjoyed this piece, you may also be interested in: https://anitalinkthoughtfoo...