Karen Bongiorno | Moms and Worry
Karen Bongiorno is a writer, researcher and mom. She recently completed a series of practical guide books for mothers. They give an overview of motherhood, offering encouragement, knowledge, inspiration, organization tools and resources to help mothers handle the full-nest years.
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Moms and Worry

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When we become Mom, our emotions are amplified prompted by our inherent instinct to protect our children. We understand our babies’ vulnerability when we first hold them in our arms. We’re struck with love and an overwhelming feeling of responsibility for keeping our babies safe. We take on new sensitivities; we’re challenged with new struggles and are are surrounded by new stuff. We have new ways of feeling satisfied as we begin new routines, navigate new routes and situations. We undertake new roles. It can be overwhelming.

When my first child was born, I had no idea of what being mom would be like. I’d done all the “right” things during my pregnancy: I’d read books explaining my baby’s weekly natal development. I’d eaten foods to provide my growing baby the right vitamins, protein and minerals. I had baked my own healthy snacks, taken neonatal vitamins and given up caffeine and alcohol. At each of my ob appointments, I’d brought a list of questions to be answered to make certain my baby-to-be was growing properly. My husband and I had taken Lamaze classes and even baby CPR classes. I’d followed the books, doctors and experts advice to ensure my baby-to-be would be healthy when she entered the world.

But when my daughter arrived, I was bewildered, not knowing how I “should” proceed. I had no idea of what to do next! Certainly, I loved my baby and would care for her but where was the instruction manual that would assure me that I was on the “correct” path to raising my baby to be healthy, happy and well-adjusted?

In the delivery room, “Worry” showed up as an uninvited guest. Then at home, “Worry’s” two close cousins; “Overwhelm” and “Disorder” arrived to keep us company, adding to my confusion and unease. This is why I wrote my book – to help you control, manage and avoid these troublesome “guests” or feelings as much as possible.

Of course, there is not a definitive path we can take as mothers which guarantees that we will not worry or make mistakes while raising our children. My hope is that my book and website will help you navigate the world of being mom as smoothly as possible so you enjoy motherhood without feeling as though you are constantly worried or under stress.

Children grow quickly. Each stage they enter brings new fun, thrills and concerns to us as moms. I’ll help you with what to watch for and manage at each stage so you find your way through the upheaval of emotions and the labyrinth of complexities inherent in being Mom. My hope is you find and create your own meaningful path to raising your child/children, filling your journey with love and happiness.

Write to me here; send me your questions and comments. Let me know how you are doing! 💗

Karen Bongiorno
karen@karenbongiorno.com
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