Top 10 Worthless Worries

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Moms worry.  A lot.  I tend to be a worry wart and have to constantly remind myself to calm down, take a breath, and not ‘borrow trouble' by worrying about things that will likely never happen. 

Looking back, it’s funny to think of some of the things that I worried about excessively – even shed tears over – that turned out to be fine in the end

Today, I share my Top 10 worthless worries with you.  And please, help the rest of us out by sharing some of the things that you have worried about that wasted your time. 

1.  Not being able to give birth.  I admit, that I thought for a long time I was not going to be able to actually give birth.  I was terrified of the thought of pushing twins through my vagina.  What if I turned out to be a complete anomaly that was unable to give birth?  What if the pain was too much to bear?  What if the babies wouldn’t come out and got stuck?  Oy vey!  Obviously, all turned out well in this category.

2.  That my children wouldn’t be able to read.  I kept my kids home until kindergarten. So when they got to kindergarten they were slightly behind, and I had all this anxiety thinking that they would NEVER learn to read.  Again, given time, they have all learned to read, and read well. 

3.  That my kids would hate me.  I have since realized that our teenagers WILL ‘hate' us from time to time.  And that probably means we are doing a good job!!  Plus, I know that they love me more than they hate me.

4.  That one of my children would never, ever potty train.  Oh, the stress.  During that time, it felt like such a big deal – like I was a failure as a mother, and of course I worried that something was wrong with my daughter.  Then one day, she was potty trained. Just like that.

5.  That I would forget or lose my child.  Even now sometimes, I am constantly checking the back seat to take count of the kiddos.   I used to have nightmares that I left them somewhere.  Talk about panic.

6.  That they would never get better. When my kids were little and would get a fever, I would get so incredibly stressed out because I thought they were never going to get better.  I would literally stand over them 24/7, taking their temperatures constantly, and calling the doctor a zillion times just to make sure that everything was okay. And then, they would get better.  Truth is I have always worried a bit too much when my kids are sick.

7. Switched at birth. Before I went in to have my kids, I would give STRICT instructions to my husband to STAY with the baby the entire time.  Since I had C-sections, I was terrified that a nurse would take my baby out of the room and accidentally switch them.  My poor husband was the most awesome tag-along, nurse stalking dad in the hospital.

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8.  That I would poop on the doctor during labor.  No explanation needed.  And it didn’t happen, or if it did – I didn’t know about it. And really, by the time you are knee deep in labor – who cares, right?

9.  Driving on the interstate with the kids in my car.  This one STILL gets me.  Whenever we have a long trip planned, on the interstate – I go into panic/worry mode.  Maybe it’s the big trucks, or the speeds that people are driving.  But I would take back country roads over the interstate any day of the week – even if it did take an extra 5 hours to reach my destination.

10.  That my kids aren’t happy. Last, but certainly not least – is the nagging worry that my kids won’t be happy.  Every mom wants her kids to be happy.  As your kids become teenagers, it’s harder to tell if they are happy about ANYTHING at all, and all I can do is hope and pray that when they snap out of their hormonal funks, they will look back on their childhood and be happy about it.  No mom wants to be the one responsible for their adult children seeking therapy! 

What are some of the things that you have worried about?  What is your advice for other moms that tend to worry a lot? 

What do you think?

Top 10 Worthless Worries

Stef Daniel is the 40ish year old, experienced (meaning crazy already) mother of count ‘em…4 daughters (yes, she takes prayers) who have taught her nearly E.V.E.R.Y.T.H.I.N.G she needs to know about raising kids and staying sane. She hails from a small town in Georgia where she lives with her family in a red tin roofed house (with just ONE bathroom mind you) on a farm - with tons of animals of course. One day, due to her sheer aversion to shoes and her immense lov ... More

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10 comments

  1. april says:

    I am worried about three things one is on this list the other two are not. Number one is that my twins will be switched at birth which is on the list. Two is that they may not make it since I am a small person. Three is that they will have the same mental disability as my daughter or one that is worse.

  2. Brandy.Lee says:

    As a mother of two,yes i can say i have some of these,for the driving one,just when i got out of the hospital form having our baby girl there was this *** **** speeding and all most hit us and it scared me

  3. Stacy says:

    The poop. Definitely the poop. This was an ongoing joke throughout my pregnancy…my husband would exploit my fear of pooping during labor every time we would tease each other… when i was winning an argument, he would counter with, "you’re going to poop during delivery!". Truthfully, you really don’t care when it comes right down to it, but not 5 minutes after delivery, holding my beautiful son in my arms, I looked up at my husband and said, "See. I didn’t poop." Nailed it!!

  4. Brandy.Lee says:

    i am the same way with both of mine,still with my son being only 23 months i still get worried

  5. KATHLEEN says:

    I am always worried about my son not breathing when he sleeps. I know this is normal when he is an infant, but even now at 17 months I still worry and check on him if I wake in the middle of the night. Just can’t help myself.

  6. This has to be one of the some amusing articles I have read on awhile, # 7 made me actually laugh out loud because I could just image my husband being the nurse stalking dad.

  7. emi285 says:

    I think all mothers have worried about one or more of these things listed…I sure have. The one that strikes closest to home for me is worring that my child would never get better. Samantha is now a healthy, chunky, 3 3/4yr old, but she was born a month early. On top of not nursing well, jaundice, and weightloss, we discovered when she was a month old her left kidney was deformed and so were her ureter tubes. She was in and out of the hospital until she was two. There were times I just wanted the world to go away, and was convinced she would never be better or normal, but by the grace of God she did. It was hard, but she is a fighter and beat the odds!

  8. alisha says:

    I have some of these same silly worries, like switched at birth or not being able to give birth. This is my second pregnancy I just dont know how people have lots of children. I worry too much about all the possibilities. Their health and problems that can arise. With my first pregnancy I thought worrying would be over after I had her and seen her but no then other worrys come about. I now know a mother never stops worrying…

  9. keranichole says:

    and i also always thought id lose my son the oldest one, i always had dreams while pregnant that i misplaced him lol

  10. keranichole says:

    my biggest worry…honestly nothing of topic but after i had my second son for some reason SIDS scared the crap out of me, he was colic, so i was up all night either way but the worrying about SIDS thing had me checking on him every 5 minutes…i hated that i was that scared and worried though i know i shouldve have been but that was my biggest worry, with my 3 yr old i wasnt like that so it was new and odd to me.

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