Professor Mom

Chronicles the life of a mom, teacher, and writer trying to stay sane amid the chaos of daily life.

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Omaha Mama's picture Omaha Mama

What a haunting post. I call it my "mama bear" mode. When I feel fiercely protective and just want to keep my kids safe in the den. For me, one of the biggest changes in perspective has been towards things that were always so fun as a teenager and young adult. They suddenly become terrible death traps to the mother of a young child. Playgrounds, lakes, swimming pools, the balcony at a muscial production. Too high, too dangerous, too much. I was never such a fearful person, until I felt that worry about my own child falling, drowning, etc. It sort of makes me feel like a crazy person as I sit here and type it!


Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

I *know* what you mean--especially about the pools. I'm terrified about pools and drowning, but I never had been as a child. Now it's my #1 phobia...


Sweet Pea Chef's picture Sweet Pea Chef

I have chills. I cannot even imagine how I will be when the boys are teens and I have to let them go out and about in a car, alone...


Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

I know--it's easy to get bogged down with worry. There is so much we can't control--that's the scary part.


Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

You're so right, Marti. Growing up is a process, and sometimes I need to remind myself of that. I'll look at my kids today and think--oh no, what if they are still doing x,y,z when they're 16? But of course (hopefully) they won't be.

It's still so stressful, though...!


Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

That's so good to know, Marti--I love getting that type of perspective! Thanks...