Happy International Women’s Day! Hereby we introduce you a beautiful story of FLEX alumna Anna Petrosyan, who shares her parenting experience and provide tips for young mothers through her blog (http://momproved.com/).”
I am Anna Petrosyan, 22 years old, almost a holder of Master’s degree in European Studies (graduation in May), FLEX alumna of 2008 and most importantly, a Mom, a mom of a bright little human being. Out of all successes and accomplishments of mine, I believe that my son is the biggest achievement in my life. I believe it is quite a challenge to give a birth to a little human being into this world, help him grow, love him, care for him and create with him.
Before my son was born, I thought I knew everything about parenting. I was sure what was right and what was wrong: I had read books, articles, seen movies, attended classes for future moms. I thought I was ready. How foolish of me….When Vahan was born, I realized that I didn’t anything! My mind went blank, panic and fear was all I felt the minute we were home. I kept thinking how I am going to keep up with this huge responsibility of taking care of this tiny human being who just cried and cried, confirming how bad I was at being a mom.
After a while it got better, I learned and felt and listened to my instincts… even better, being a mom got inspiring, fun and creative, at the same time accompanied by many challenges, fears and difficulties. Quite often, I felt the urge to write, to share with other moms, to exchange ideas, maybe learn from them or just get the feeling of not being alone on this journey. I literally got addicted to this group on Facebook of Armenian parents (mostly moms though), where we expressed our worries, ideas and shared experiences. It felt like I am a part of some kind of a mother’s tribe and that I wasn’t alone at this new road of parenting. It got inspiring and I started my own blog (www.momproved.com) about parenting and motherhood, its joys and challenges. I wanted to share, help, advocate those who soon would become mothers and simply wanted to create something valuable and continuous, something that mattered. Maybe one day my own children will read and finally understand what it was like when they were babies. Another reason for starting this project is my own journey on attachment parenting, which is quite challenging for our society. Through my writings and ideas in this blog I want to break some strongly-rooted stereotypes, show that there are other ways and methods other than our grandparents had, or our mentality holds on to. And most importantly I want our moms to know that there is no right or wrong, it is not a competition of the best mom, it is a journey and, in fact, very important one for our future, and I want to encourage us- moms to be a community, a team of supporters and advocates of love and attachment.”