Friday Funny: When You’re All Grown Up…

Published on January 25, 2013 by in Friday Funny

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*Thinks every mother ever*

Infants are utterly helpless and dependent on you. They have no ability to self-sooth, no self-control, can’t modulate what they feel; it’s not easy for babies. Life is an ocean of sensory information that comes in continually; infants’ minds are working overtime to help them categorize, sort and interpret all of this data. (That’s part of why babies sleep so much; their brains are processing what they’ve experienced up to that point, and begin converting data and patterns from short to long-term memory). A baby’s experience of the world is often overstimulating.

Parents, on the other hand, are adjusting to entirely different lives. Once a baby is born, you are no longer the most important person; someone else now needs both of your love, support and attention even more. I’ve been told by many parents that having a baby is humbling, inspiring, and forces your ego to take a back seat. Parents’ experience of the world can often be overwhelming.

So what happens when an overstimulated baby and an overwhelmed parent get together? Honestly, that’s where some of the funniest stories can come from. That’s why I love this little comic!

This collision of overstimulated and overwhelmed will always be one of your richest points of practice as a parent. When you’re tired, raw, emotionally drained and sick to death of a needy, crying child, how can you be with that moment? How can you hold yourself under those circumstances? What do you use to anchor yourself? These are important questions to consider while things are calm, so that maybe – just maybe – you’ll remember to connect to your anchor when the proverbial shit hits the fan, so you don’t get swept away by the frustration or intensity. Personally, I think the dry humor approach of this cartoon mom is hilarious…

What happened the last time overstimulated clashed with overwhelmed?

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