Habit of Happy Mothers #9:
Let go of Fear.
I’ll be the first to admit it: I am a recovering, albeit slowly recovering, obsessive worrier. When we moms have nothing to worry about, we sometimes make stuff up. I have had mothers bring kids to my office and point out rashes that I couldn’t see. This is how crazy we mothers can become. Of course, I don’t get angry with these moms because I am one of them. At least they brought their rashy kids to me. I, on the other hand, have jumped over my pediatrician’s head and ordered thousands of dollars worth of tests for my own kids for a whole lot less than an invisible rash.
But here’s what concerns me most: We are worrying more as time goes by. Sure, we have always worried about our kids’ health, but these days we have amped up the list of things we worry about (technology and social media are just some of the many new things that concern us). We worry more frequently than we have in the past and, most importantly, worry is crushing us. We hear the horror stories on the evening news. We worry about our kids getting bullied on the Internet or happening on a porn site. Around every corner are more influences on our kids to worry about.