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Parenting + Depression

Parenting is hard. Depression is hard. Parenting with depression is hard. Depression came first for me. I had been in a daily battle with depression for over 15 years before I even became a mom. I never stopped to think about how parenthood and depression could potentially be a really lethal mix.


I mean...getting out of bed everyday is the first challenge I face when I open my eyes in the morning. But I do it. I have to. Black women always do what they gotta do. No matter the toll it takes.


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My oldest has seen me at my lowest. She’s wiped my tears many times. Never knowing why I was crying but hugged me anyway. I had no idea why I was crying.


Depression is tricky like that. You’re just sad sometimes. No explanation. I realized that if I wanted a full life, I had to combat the depression. Not let it consume me. Not let it control me. Instead control how I managed it. Control what I could control.

My children deserve the best version of me and so do I. For a long time I allowed depression to control every decision I made as a parent. I would give my child her tablet, put on Boss Baby, and curl up in my bed.


She would quietly sit there watching her show not even knowing that I was barely hanging on. I did the bare minimum. I was emotionally disconnected. Not completely.


I knew I loved her. I knew I was grateful for her. I knew I wasn’t appreciating her. I knew I wasn’t being the best mom. I wasn’t even being the mediocre mom. I was being the bare minimum mom.


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I wanted more. She deserved more. She deserves more.


She deserves to feel safe and secure. She deserves to express herself without the fear of being judged. She deserves a trauma free childhood. And I'm committed to giving her that.


I’ve heard so many stories similar to mine, and witnessed struggling parent-child relationships first hand as an Educator.


If we encourage open and healthy dialogue, we can cultivate a growth mindset, increase mental strength, and build the desired unbreakable bond with our children. We can break generational curses.


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