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Here Are What Moms Worry About the Most

Photograph by Katie Michelle Reyes

Let’s face it, one thing that's inevitable with this crazy important job of being a mom is worry. We worry about our children constantly, we worry about our parenting techniques, whether we’re doing anything right, whether our kids are going to be completely screwed up, we worry if we feed them the wrong thing or let them stay up too late, we worry about every single detail of every single day.

It cannot be helped! It is our job.

With that said, I wanted to get to the real, raw truth of this motherhood worry, and asked moms to share their biggest concerns in motherhood. Not surprisingly, there is a lot to agonize about in this crazy journey of motherhood…

“I worry that my baby won’t take a bottle when I go back to work. Right now, it’s all boob all the time.” – Debra C.

“My kids getting hurt by Chicago gun violence.” – Christie T.

“I worry a lot about balance. When I'm with my daughter, I'm preoccupied with work stuff. And when I'm working, I miss my daughter and want to be with her. I suspect this isn't super healthy!” – Sarah T.

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“My biggest worry is my kids will grow up to be assholes.” – Lauren M.

“I worry about the friends my daughter will choose. I know what an incredible influence friends are as a kid and I just want her to pick good ones, and be a good friend in return.” – Emily R.

Racial discrimination. Sounds deep but it is a constant fear.” – Brittany M.

“Losing my kids when we are traveling together. I do it a lot. It hasn't been an issue yet, but with a 4 and a 7-year-old, it's a real possibility in my world that they'll get lost somewhere across the globe.” - Keryn M.

“I always feel guilty that I won't give my kids the opportunities to live up to their full potential, or that they won't be happy or satisfied. They're just so perfect so it's a lot of pressure to take care of such a gift.” – Lenore D.

My biggest worry is dying and leaving her to fend for herself.

“I worry about my kids’ safety when they aren’t at home. I fear something will happen when I'm not with them to protect them.” – Liz B.

“That they will get seriously sick or injured.” – Carla W.

“My biggest fear is making the wrong choice for my child. Whether it be moving, vaccines, life lessons—I'm constantly like, 'Crap. Was that the right move?'" Noelle P.

“I worry about my kids growing up in this world full of hate. I worry that their sweet and kind souls will be trampled on.” – Katie R.

“I keep meaning to learn CPR because I’m terrified I won’t know what to do if my kid starts choking!” – Kelly R.

“My biggest worry is dying and leaving her to fend for herself. My mom died when I was young. I just want to be there for my daughter.” – Michelle T.

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“My biggest fear is my kids will never realize how much I love them and they'll grow up and tell me I'm not their real mom and disown me.”- Lauren B.

“I worry about her getting sick a lot, I worry about SIDS, I worry that she won't have friends when she's older, I literally worry about everything.” – Diana M.

“I worry often that I'm not as good of a mom as my daughter deserves. I worry if I'm engaging her enough and setting her up to thrive. I worry if I'm good enough.” – Nicole P.

“My current worry is weaning and losing our connection. It's time, we're ready and it'll be fine, but I never thought I would be one to sigh at knowing our nursing in the rocking chair times are over. ” – Katie T.

“I'm petrified that one of my children will be diagnosed with something scary—cancer, autism, something I don't even know about. I'm also scared of dying and leaving them behind. No one could raise them like me!” – Brittany R.

“I worry that something will happen to her that's completely out of my control, like a wreck, sickness or someone else's negligence when I'm not around. I wouldn't be able to live with myself.” – Meghan G.

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