Dealing with your worst moments as a parent

Dealing with your worst moments as a parent

Have you had a moment when your whole world falls apart and you question whether you should be allowed to be a parent? A friend of mine knocked on my door this morning distraught and in tears. She had gone into work and had a niggling feeling she had forgotten something. Then as manager, she was told someone had left a baby in their car. She was astounded that this had happened and wondered how someone could do such a thing. She went down to the car park and as she neared the car she realised…it was her car. She had left her baby in the car and it had been 20 minutes. Fortunately, the baby was safe and well. Now, we could be quick to judge here. “How could she leave her baby in the car and forget?” “What kind of mother is she…?” In fact, as she sat with me she kept saying, “I can’t believe I did this” “What kind of mother does this?” “How could I do this?” “I love my baby girl more than anything…” The reality is she is a wonderful mother. In fact, she is one of the most wonderful mothers I know. Here’s what happened in the nine days prior: On Wednesday, Thursday and Friday her baby was sick. Despite numerous trips to the doctor, she still could not find out what was wrong. Baby screamed day and night. On Saturday and Sunday the screaming continued so this wonderful mother decided she would go to a different doctor. Although her baby improved a little, she was still worried and stayed close...