Gold Coast mum, Amy-Lee Mangold, recently shared the struggles of parenthood in a Facebook post that has since gone viral.
Amy-Lee is a single mum raising her 19-month-old son, Theo, and admits that “It’s OK not to be OK”.
Here’s what she had to say…
“It’s OK not to be OK.
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Today I had a break down.
Being a single mum is tough. Being a single mum to a 19 month old that doesn’t want to sleep is even tougher.
I have next to no support around me. I have my son full time, his dad has nothing to do with us.
Today after I settled my son from his tantrums and popped him in front of the TV, I went to my room and cried.
Oh I cried so much. This isn’t the mum I want to be. I want to be full of smiles and happy all the time, but life has got on top of me.
Normally I don’t tell anyone when I’m struggling this much. But today I did and it made a difference to express how I felt.
Remember to not bottle up how you feel. Talk to someone. Anyone. Message me if you need to.
I live on the Gold Coast so if there is any mummies on the Gold Coast that are doing it tough, let me know and we can catch up and talk and laugh or cry!!
Just remember it is OK to not be OK, being a mummy is tough work.”
“I didn’t expect much reaction at all to be honest, maybe a few comments and some more likes. I know people don’t like to talk about how they feel,” she told Kidspot.
“I couldn’t keep up with the comments but I tried my hardest to write back to other mums who commented if they were doing it tough.
“I was surprised by the private messages I also received of mums who don’t have much support or feel they can’t speak up without feeling like a ‘failure’ – something they are definitely not!”
We have previously shared a similar touching post telling mum’s to just be kind to themselves, ““To the mom hiding in her bathroom, needing peace for just one minute, as the tears roll down her cheeks..” read more here.
- Here’s what NOT to say on R U OK day!
- To the mum hiding in her bathroom, needing peace for just one minute..
For those of you experiencing feelings of depression, please contact Beyond Blue on 1300 224 636 or PANDA on 1300 726 306 OR Lifeline on 13 11 14.
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