By Ana Bethencourt Yrausquin
Myth #1: You have to be Wonder Woman.
Let’s face it: we have a tough job as women. We feel that we have to be everything to everyone. We have to be the perfect wives, the perfect moms, the perfect professionals, the perfect friends. We feel called to advance in our professions, lead fulfilling personal lives, and prioritize our marriages, children, and other relationships. From a young age, we are told: “You can do it all. Lean in.” Those who don’t have children yet are told that the “reproductive clock” is ticking. At the same time, those who have children are told: “Cherish every moment! They’ll be off to college before you know it!” (Meanwhile, as you struggle to find your keys in your purse while holding a crying baby and grocery bags, you feel like crying, “but, how?!”) Millennial moms feel pressured to breastfeed exclusively and to limit screen time, all while trying to take care of themselves and not “let themselves go.” On top of that, women tend to have insecurities from comparing themselves to other women who seem to have it all together. Social media certainly doesn’t help. So how, just how, are women supposed to do all of the things and do them well?