Hey introverted mama: It's ok!I'm an introverted mama with four extroverted children and an extroverted husband. And on countless occasions, I've beaten myself up trying to live the social, extroverted lifestyle my young family craves.
Feeling sad because I'm not "fun mom". Wondering if there's something wrong with me because I don't get excited to host play-dates, attend birthday parties, or crave alone time away from my children. I often felt extreme shame about my introverted personality, and have worked tirelessly to fake being an extrovert.
But most recently, I've come to realized that who I am is who I am, and I have nothing to hide. I am an introverted mama, and it's not a bad thing (in fact, I think it's an amazing thing).
Here are a few things I used to shame myself over, but now refuse to feel guilty about.
1. It's OK...
To every once in a while hire a babysitter so you can leave the house for a few hours to recharge. Dine out alone, shop a bookstore, or go for a solo jog.
2. It's OK...
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1. Sleep deprivation.
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