In a world in which individualism is celebrated, it can be scary and vulnerable to admit that we need other people. But I believe vulnerability can be a strength, and so I would like to openly share that since becoming a parent I’ve never needed other people more. Without family and friends I am not sure how I would have coped with the intensity with which I have experienced the transition into motherhood.
It is strange that there can be a shame attached to needing and asking for help. Social interdependence is a self-evident truth of human life: relationships are the strongest predictor of our longevity and loneliness is as damaging to our health as being a heavy smoker. So why do some of us find it so difficult – embarrassing even – to rely on others? Continue reading “Parenting: I Can’t Do It Alone”