Parenting can be pretty rough, but we rarely see that because most people only talk about the good stuff. It can leave a parent feeling lost and alone. 

Wouldn’t it be nice if we could share all the details as a way of supporting one another?  

Introducing In Real Life, a new essay series from CATCH in which parents tell their stories in hopes others will find comfort in their experiences.

We are not posting the names of the authors of these essays because they include parts of their children's stories, and those are theirs to tell.

Our first author writes about The Work of Worrying Less. When you are the parent of a child with mental illness, the fears are never-ending. In her essay, a mother gets real about her concerns and shares her plans to worry less. Read more.

If you'd like to tell others what's going on In Real Life, we'd love to hear it and share it. Contact CATCH.