November 30: Flash Fiction Challenge – Self-Care – New Mum SOS

Charli’s prompt this week:

November 30, 2017 prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story that includes self-care. Does the character need it? What does the character do? Think about how you can use this action to deepen a character or move a story. Go where the prompt leads.

New Mum SOS
The crying was relentless, but who else was going to do anything?
He was at work all day, he needed his sleep.
She was exhausted.
“It’s okay,” they all said, “just sleep when the baby does. You’ll be fine!”
What world did they live in? Self-care with a newborn…?  Impossible.
When was she meant to do the housework, the laundry, the cooking, if not when the little mite was taking his precious naps?
But after thirteen weeks of sleepless nights and little support from anyone, she was ready to muffle the cries with the pillow currently covering her head…

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  2. Charli Mills
    Dec 07, 2017 @ 02:36:40

    You express an empathy for the unsupported mother in your flash, and thus the irony of how does one take care of herself when she’s responsible for so much on her own. It captures the burden many young mothers face. And the frustration of being told advice that really isn’t helpful. Great flash!

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  3. Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist
    Dec 07, 2017 @ 00:15:23

    I’m glad to read this isn’t how you are feeling either now or in the past. Hard for those that don’t have a support system.

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    • Ritu
      Dec 07, 2017 @ 07:03:51

      I 100% agree Irene. It can be so tough for many mothers and when you haven’t been through it yourself, it isn’t always easy to empathise!

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      • Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist
        Dec 08, 2017 @ 22:05:03

        I remember going to a lecture that had a huge impact on me. As an example the case of a mother with screaming child loses the plot in a shopping centre. The suggestion was that rather than ring child protection services you should approach the mother and say something like ” it looks like you are having a bad day. Can I buy you a cup of coffee.” I have since done this a couple of times and not only has the Mum appreciated it but it made me feel so much better than the days when I would continue on with my shopping smarting over that dreadful woman.

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      • Ritu
        Dec 08, 2017 @ 22:49:33

        That’s such a great idea Irene!

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  4. Norah
    Dec 04, 2017 @ 06:40:22

    Oh no. It is so difficult being a new mum. Support is essential. It is so sad when a mum feels she just can’t cope any more. I was there with you. You placed the story in reality.

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    • Ritu
      Dec 04, 2017 @ 06:59:19

      Thank you Norah… each of us has our own struggles when being a new mum. Thankfully mine wasn’t this particular issue, but I had enough others! I was lucky to have a supportive family, but i know so many who aren’t as lucky…

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      • Norah
        Dec 05, 2017 @ 06:53:58

        It wasn’t my experience either, but I’ve seen parents come awfully close when they struggle with a difficult baby and lack of empathy from family and friends.

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      • Ritu
        Dec 05, 2017 @ 06:59:55

        Working as a teacher, you get to see all sorts… Families with new babies, parents struggling, even siblings… Babies are wonderful but they can be such hard work too, and we are not all blessed with perfect bundles who eat and sleep just like they’re meant to!

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      • Norah
        Dec 05, 2017 @ 09:24:37

        I wish someone would tell babies what they’re meant to do! No, I don’t really. We wouldn’t want them to be all the same. I’ve known parents who are so happy that they have a quiet, placid toddler who sits all day without a murmur. I’d worry. I’d rather a toddler be tearing around getting into things and learning about the world. It’s hard work for a parent, but it’s great for the child. 🙂

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      • Ritu
        Dec 05, 2017 @ 12:42:30

        I definitely worry if a child is not tearing around!!!

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      • Norah
        Dec 05, 2017 @ 09:25:24

        How is your teaching going, Ritu? You missed the parent teacher interviews. Is everything else going okay?

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      • Ritu
        Dec 05, 2017 @ 12:44:01

        It’s all very manic, being split between Nursery and Reception class. Though the children are so similar in age, their needs are very different, so switching from one head to another is not easy!
        And I have a formal observation tomorrow… so just want it over and done with to be honest!
        Thank you for caring!

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  5. robbiesinspiration
    Dec 03, 2017 @ 10:29:52

    Wow, Ritu, this is quite hectic.

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  6. JoAnna
    Dec 03, 2017 @ 03:17:26

    It’s good that you wrote this. People need to know how hard it can be. The days are long…. but the years are short.

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  7. Colleen Chesebro
    Dec 02, 2017 @ 18:50:34

    Oh, man do I remember those days. It was so hard and no one really understood. A powerful piece, Ritu. Well done! ❤

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  8. Erika Kind
    Dec 02, 2017 @ 10:41:16

    There are the moments when you cannot help it but to give in… lol!

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  9. anuragbakhshi
    Dec 02, 2017 @ 06:42:26

    Egad! Somebody stop her!

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  10. Reena Saxena
    Dec 02, 2017 @ 03:49:29

    A case of post-partum depression. Parental coaching teaches that one may want to throw the little bundle out of the window during the first six months, and it is perfectly normal.

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  11. OIKOS™-Redaktion
    Dec 02, 2017 @ 03:27:41

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  12. Michael
    Dec 01, 2017 @ 23:14:05

    I know that one well…

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  13. Annette Rochelle Aben
    Dec 01, 2017 @ 22:47:26

    Gee whiz, I can only hope I was not “this child” for my parents… God Bless you, woman.

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  14. vanbytheriver
    Dec 01, 2017 @ 22:23:14

    Ha ha…nice one, Ritu. And I was one of those moms who slept when the kids napped. I was lucky that the older toddler took her nap at the same time as the newborn in the afternoon. Somehow, it worked for us.

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    • Ritu
      Dec 01, 2017 @ 22:35:55

      I did too, but to be honest, I was lucky as I was living with my in-laws at the time the children were babes. If Hubby wasn’t there to help, my mum in law was a true angel, and I was given a lot of time to rest and recuperate during the first few months. And when I went to my parents, they were just as supportive!
      But I know a lot of new mums who don’t have a support network that actually helps them, driving them to distraction, with exhaustion…

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  15. Mr. Militant Negro
    Dec 01, 2017 @ 21:50:51

    Reblogged this on The Militant Negro™.

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