My most recent Net Galley read has been this new book, Confessions of a First Time Mum by Poppy Dolan. And I love it. Especially for the truths it tells about parenthood. How difficult it is to admit you’re struggling without feeling guilty and somehow like you don’t deserve your kids. How hard it is pull together your pre-kids and post-kids identities. How much of an impact parenthood can have on your relationship with your co-parent – how often you will both be doing your best to do the right thing for the family but find yourselves not always understanding what the other needs. How difficult and scary it is to meet other parents, and the unfortunate fact that just because two people have children of similar ages, they won’t necessarily love each other!
It is important for us to talk about the complicated emotions of parenthood, the fact that you can feel two totally conflicting things at the same time, and that it is not easy: feeling adoration and frustration at the same time. Isolation and completeness.
But with all this material, which should be shared with all new parents, is an engaging story. I found so much in this book to agree with and to feel relieved by. It’s never a bad thing to realise that you’re not the only one to have experienced something!