Maybe you have professional training, but have moments of "what the heck am I supposed to do with this?"
Heck this was me! I recall bringing my first child home from the hospital and thinking I am not ready for this. I thought to myself “How was I to be entrusted with a child and his life dependent on me? Yes I have a Masters Degree + extensive training in working with children and families, but I was sure to mess up. I did not feel completely prepared for this!
Maybe you struggle feeling like your parents managed so why can't you?
Maybe you were blessed with a great childhood and parents who were incredible role models who laid a solid foundation for you. You were set up well, but then you came across a situation that you were not prepared for, such as working while parenting, going through a divorce, illness, having a child with special needs experiencing a traumatic event like a car accident, or having miscarriages or difficulty getting pregnant. Or even Covid and having to be home all the time and/or needing to do virtual schooling.
Or what if you weren't given the necessary modeling to establish a solid parenting foundation?
You may have experienced a challenging childhood perhaps with trauma, addiction, divorce, death, or even an absent parent. Your foundation was rocky and unstable at times. Perhaps your parents couldn’t provide you with the emotional support that you needed because in reality they couldn't offer it even to themselves.