25 Things Your Mom Never Worried About

My mom, circa 1969

It is no secret moms today are more stressed and depressed than the moms who raised us in the 70s and early 80s. They cared about their children and were concerned about their wellbeing, but didn’t make themselves sick with worry over every aspect of their children’s lives. I usually dismiss people who think their lives are busier and harder than everyone else’s (unless they really are) so while I loathe saying this, I’m afraid it may be true — motherhood is harder on us.

Here are just 25 things that can keep us up at night
which likely never, or very rarely, crossed our moms’ minds:

Stranger Danger

What our friends thought of us

What our friends’ parents thought of her

Our emotional wellbeing

Recycling and protecting our environment

The degree to which we thought our teachers were fair

Our online presence

Her online presence

What college we would go to

Virtual violence

Botox and boob jobs

Being Snack Mom


How we were getting there

How we were getting home


The score of our game

If there was ink in the printer


Global Warming


Being our friend

Finishing our homework

Being a great mom — they just were

Disclaimer: I’m not saying our moms shouldn’t have worried about some of this stuff, I am just saying they didn’t, and they, and I will argue, we were better off for it. “Worry is like a rocking chair: it gives you something to do but never gets you anywhere” – Erma Bombeck


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Author: Karen Latimer

Dr. Latimer is a Family Physician and Wellness & Parenting Coach. She works with parents who want to feel more confident when helping their children and coaches young adults to help them better navigate college life and transitions. Contact her at drkarenlatimer@gmail.com to learn more. She is the author of two Audible Originals, Take Back the House -- Raising Happy Parents and Worry Less, Parent Better. She is also the co-founder of the app that makes your life easier and puts social in a healthier place -- List'm.


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