Chronic childhood ilness
--Having a DP who is a doctor and their commitment to their job that comes before everything else[/QUOTE]
Substitute vet for doctor and I reckon it's a fairly good comparison.
Moving away from home to the other side of the country where you know no one. I did it at 18 and then saw my mum do it at 50 something and it was harder for her than it had been for me.
Being physically/emotionally isolated.
For things I've experienced that I think you need to experience to understand:
Social anxiety / agoraphobia
As things I don't imagine I can truly understand without experiencing them:
Almost anything to do with raising children! I can empathise with people on what I think it's like to experience the sleep depravation, insecurity that you might be doing it 'wrong', the different challenges each age brings, having a child with developmental problems etc, I don't think I can really KNOW what it's like until I experience it myself.
I agree with Pp who said migraines.
I didnt go though gender dissappointment, but I feel as though I understand someone who has, because I knew before kids that I would have really struggled if I didnt get to have a girl. I would have been devastated. So even though I never experienced it, I feel as though I can try to put myself in the shoes of someone who can.
I think I am a pretty empathetic person, but I feel like some things are easier to understand than others. @siansmum, I have two asthmatic children who have had some serious attacks, & I read your story on here & think of you often. I could never understand or imagine what it was like to lose your beautiful little girl xx 💗
I've had a few people tell me that having 2 under 2 or whatever is like having twins... No, it's not! I'm not saying that that situation doesn't have its own unique challenges that I don't understand, or that it's not bloody difficult, but it's not the same as being pregnant with two, giving birth to two, caring for two newborns and starting your life as a parent as a mum of two.
Pregnant for the first-time?
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