It gets easier

Recently I was having lunch with some women who are slightly older than I am. Their kids were teenagers or grown. They were remembering how hard it was when their children were small and they were trying to work part-time. How childcare was always an issue – who, how much, when, was it worth it.

One of them turned to me and said directly, “it gets easier. It gets a lot easier.”

Sometimes you need to hear this every day during motherhood. Like during those first six weeks after a baby is born. If you can make it to six weeks, it gets easier. Then six months. Six years old is a breeze compared to six weeks old (16 is apparently a different story).

At some point, motherhood does get easier and you need to hear it less. But it’s nice to keep it close, to say it in your head or even to say it out loud when you need to. It gets easier. Say it now. See how it feels and then keep it in your pocket for when you need to pull it out.


3 Responses to “It gets easier”

  1. 1 Brandy March 13, 2010 at 2:18 am

    Hi, I love your post! I’m a new mother and i have an 8th months daughter. At times it made me feel so difficult to raise a child.I should be more positive. It gets easier! it will! Thank you so much for this post.

  2. 2 Dr. Bonet March 13, 2010 at 12:28 pm

    You’re very welcome. I’m glad it resonated with you.

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