A woman has told of her regret at becoming a mum after missing her ‘old life’ which was once full of alone time and ‘watching Netflix‘.
The new mum of a 10-month-old baby took to British parenting forum Mumsnet to lament that she couldn’t ‘shake the feeling’ of regret even though her little one is ‘lovely, sweet and ‘independent’.
Sharing more insight into her prior ‘peaceful’ life, the woman added that she was much happier alone when she could work from home, have dinners and travel.
The mother-of-one said she doesn’t like parenting because she fears the ‘constant sense of responsibility’ as well as always having to entertain someone else and be ‘alert’.
Other parents sympathized with her state of mind, adding that ‘it will get better’.
The mum explained: ‘My baby is ten months old. I love her more than anything in the world.
‘I constantly worry about something bad happening to her. She is a lovely, bright, happy, sweet, and quite an independent child.
‘But I just can’t shake the feeling that I regret having her. I just want to go back to my old life. I had a quiet, peaceful, unexciting life, and that’s what I like.
‘I’m a very introverted, self-contained person and I was always happy just being by myself, working from home, watching Netflix in the evenings, enjoying nature, having dinner out now and again. Maybe a holiday once in a while’.
The woman seemed despondent over the fact that these privileges were ‘obviously all gone now’.
Being new to parenthood, she urged fellow parents to reveal their experiences and let her know if things would ever improve.
She continued: ‘I don’t like parenting. I think it’s mainly the constant sense of responsibility, constantly having to entertain a baby, never being able to just sit and relax and do nothing all day, always having to be on alert.
‘I know having an older child will bring its own difficulties, but I’m wondering if I’ll enjoy it more once I can reason with her a bit and she can entertain herself more?
Almost 200 comments poured in, as other mothers kindly consoled the poster.