"Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing." Albert Schweitzer
Like many first-time moms, I felt completely overwhelmed by the awesome responsibility of parenthood, and I struggled with insecurities and feelings of inadequacy. I felt the constant pressure of too much to do with too little energy, causing me to lose patience with everyone, especially my son. The chronic sense of failure would often have me reminiscing about my own childhood.
Even after I figured out how to navigate single motherhood, I was left surprised yet again. With my focus on balancing all of life's demands, I never thought about all of the happy moments my toddler and I would share, and how it would feel to experience them alone.