NO SH*T! People with kids are basically insane.
A few years back, a study made headlines after revealing that childless couples in the United States were happier than those with kids.
Do you remember that? I do. It was reported a few months after I had my daughter. I remember thinking… “oh shit, what did I do?!"
The study concluded that parents in this country suffer from anxiety and stress due to a lack of policies supporting them. On average, an American parent reports being 12 percent unhappier than a non-parent in America. It was the biggest gap of the 22 countries surveyed. Damn.
Anyway, like I said, I never forgot that report; and I never could have guessed how much it would totally rock my world.
As my daughter approached 6-months-old, I found myself overwhelmed by the same anxiety the study talked about (UGH - I hate foreshadowing). Working 40 hours a week, going back to school to get my MBA, and having a baby under one was damn near impossible.
I was ALWAYS tired (my eye bags had eye bags), my paycheck was basically being direct deposited into her daycare, and I didn’t even get to see her for more than a few hours a day during the week. I kept going back to the study in my mind; I was becoming one of those unhappy people. F******k.
That’s when I decided to flip the script. I would not become a statistic. I would find my happiness and balance WITH children. A few months later, I started Snarky Tea. (Still searching for that whole happiness and balance thing).
Starting this company was my attempt at spending more time with my kid while following my hustle and encouraging women with humor. I know this isn't the perfect option for everyone and honestly, some days it feels like the worst f**king option for me.
Then I remember that no matter what our work/life status (work from home, stay at home, in the office, nightshift, student, badass single mom) being a mom is hard.
But it doesn't mean we're doomed to be totally miserable. At the end of day (most days), I'm glad that it's the choice I've made and the path I'm on. And I have to tell you, when I get a sticky fruit snack kiss and an "I love you mom", it's totally worth it.
Not another statistic (but still really tired)
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