Tuesday 17 September 2019

'It's so important to get real about what it's actually like to be a parent' - Louise McSharry on parenting hurdles

Louise McSharry
Louise McSharry
Louise McSharry with son Sam, left, and husband Gordon Spieren with Sam
Gordon Spierin and Louise McSharry at Electric Picnic 2017
Louise McSharry at The Marker Hotel’s Presidential Suite to launch the new range of advanced skincare technology treatments to the hotel’s award-winning spa. Picture: Kieran Harnett
Louise McSharry at the Irish launch of IT Cosmetics at Arnotts Beauty Hall. Picture: Brian Mcevoy
Geraldine Gittens

Geraldine Gittens

2fm’s Louise McSharry has admitted that she “absolutely felt alone” in her first few months as a new parent.

McSharry’s son Sam was born in October 2016, a time when McSharry says she felt like she was “falling at every hurdle”.

The DJ, who is now expecting her second baby explained that the more honest parents are to each other about their struggles, the better.

She explained: “I think it's so important to get real about what it's actually like to be a parent.”

“I absolutely felt alone in the first few months of my son's life, and was convinced that everyone else was getting it all right, while I was falling at every hurdle.”

“It was only when I found some like-minded mams to chat to about what we were experiencing that I realised we were all struggling.”

She added: "These days, I still feel like I'm falling at occasional hurdles, but I know that other people are too, and at the end of the day if I'm doing my best then that's all I can do. The more honest we are about this stuff the better.”

More than half of parents in Ireland feel like they are failing within the first year of parenthood, according to a new study by Waterwipes.

While more than 44pc of parents feel as though they can’t be honest about their struggles due to fear of judgement, with 53pc of parents admitting to putting on a brave face rather than being honest about their reality.

Single-minded parenting manuals, flawlessly filtered Instagram feeds, film and TV, and advertising can contribute to these pressures, the parents surveyed reported.

Some 888 parents in Ireland with children aged three and under were interviewed for the survey between February 26 to March 19 last.

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