Ten years ago, I was a desperate mother knocked sideways from my career ambitions in medicine and academia due to embarking on a parenting journey. Frazzled, manic and sleep-deprived, I wondered how I could manage and how the hell I was going to be able to raise functional children. All the more laughable as I am a Child Psychiatrist whose long training and every-day work-life involves supporting the psyche and well-being of children.
Despite a decade of work and research in the field of children it was humbling to realize that commandments made from the ivory towers of medicine and academia were actually really hard to interpret and put into action in real life. Pre-children I had always felt confident that I would know what parenting was all about, I had dished out more parenting advice in my work than hot dinners, but suddenly reality hit, the nerves set in and I wondered: when it came down to actually parenting, was I up to it? How would this fit in with the practicalities of the day to day life of a modern day career woman?
Four years ago, I started this little blog and with the amazing support of parents like you, it mushroomed into an Amazon 5-star rated parenting book released last year. As the physical hardships of early years parenting dissipated and my career got back on track, I had thought that parenting might get easier, that there would be no more purpose for my blog. How wrong I was and I am still faced with crisis and child-related headaches and learning new things every-day from my children and their ups and downs!
This is not a “look at me the expert, and what a splendid job I’ve done” blog, not a “listen to me the expert, or your children will be mentally scarred for life” blog; but a blog in which I hope to honestly describe my personal take on parenthood and parenthood issues. It is primarily cathartic for me, but I hope that it will promote intelligent discussion and discourse on parenting related subjects from child-development to social policy and feminism, whether you agree with me or not.
I hope to provide information on a variety of issues that I have come across, but am happy to look into other interesting parenting issues, so if you have a burning desire to find out about something please engage.