“So much pressure…
To parent correctly,
To be a great wife,
To be an essential and vital part of society.
So much pressure to do more.
Limit screen time,
Potty train early.
So much pressure to keep up with these notions that your choices must align with what society deems acceptable.
Read the books,
Listen to the podcasts,
Attend the seminars and webinars,
And don’t forget to make time for yourself.
But don’t leave your children, you’ll be neglecting them.
But leave them enough so they’re independent.
Be tough on your boys,
But lenient with your girls.
No, not that much!
They will go astray.
The girls, not the boys.
The boys will be fine.
Boys will be boys,
But we don’t condone that behavior.
I mean, only sometimes we do…
When we see fit.
Who is ‘we?’
Who says these things and guides us?
How do we know who should be the ‘we’ we listen to?
So much pressure…
From a world that wants you to succeed,
But sets you up for failure.
So much pressure,
From a society that is always demanding more…
More of everything you’re already doing.
But less of your struggles,
Less of your complaining,
Less of your ‘inability.’
But not that much!
These are the messages we are forced to live by.
This is what’s bringing us down.
We don’t stand a chance.”
This story was submitted to Love What Matters by Suka Nasrallah. You can follow her journey on Facebook. You can purchase her book, Unfiltered Truths of Motherhood: Captive & Captivated, here. Submit your own story here, and be sure to subscribe to our free email newsletter for our best stories, and YouTube for our best videos.
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