Motherhood is by far the hardest job I’ve ever taken on…and there have been many days I’ve felt alone on this journey.

I remember when my oldest was born. I would get together with other new moms with children about the same age. We would share all the wonderful things our children were doing, especially all those development milestones. There was a little girl born just a few weeks after my daughter, and I remember her mom sharing something that her daughter was doing that my child had yet to accomplish. I started wondering, is there something wrong? Why isn’t my child doing this yet? Hindsight (and four children later!) I realize there was nothing ‘wrong’ with my child…within a few weeks, she was behaving the same as that child and I just needed to be patient. Just as I often fall into the comparison trap with the way I look and my fitness journey, I have a tendency to fall into the comparison trap as a parent too.

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