Hey, Tired Parent of a Non-Stop, Non-Sleeping Child:
This newsletter is for you.
If you are a parent of a little one who is juuust a notch or two outside the temperament norm for their age, I know that you can feel pretty alone in your parenting journey. How often have you already wondered what other parents do to have a child who plays contentedly in their highchair? or who can sit quietly in a carrier while mom gets her hair cut? Or who can be laid down awake and just…falls….asleep (What is this magic?).
Then there’s always “that friend” whose three-month-old is already sleeping through the night while you get barely two hours before you’re up again. It’s a brutal truth that your road as a parent of a livewire is harder, less well-marked, and has fewer rest stops. While you may feel like you’re the only one on this road, you are definitely not…at all. I talk to hundreds of parents a month and they end up saying a lot of the same things:
“This is not what I thought it would be.”
“There’s so… much… crying” (your baby, but also you).
“I’m beyond exhausted.”
“My child isn’t like other children (or even like the other children I have).”
“It’s just a lot.”
“I worry that I just suck at parenting.”