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The secret rage of motherhood: ‘I never imagined that my child could be both the trigger and target of my anger’


by Mairead Heffron
22nd Sep 2021
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In this powerful essay, Mairead Heffron talks about the taboo of anger fuelled by lack of sleep, the endless demands of a toddler and a baby and the sometimes-hollow feeling of a long day alone with tiny children. 

Good therapy helps. Good friends help. Pretending that we are doing better than we are doesn’t. Shame doesn’t. Being heard does.” (Anne Lamott – Mother Rage Theory and Practice) A memory from when my son is three: I’m three times his height and weight, engaged in an absurd tug of war over a piece of wood (I want to burn it in the fire, he wants it to be a boat). It begins with disagreement,...

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