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What I’ve Learned About Motherhood At 19

Im 19 years old, and I am not a mom.

When I began interning for Suburban Misfit Mom last May,  I figured it would be a great way to gain experience in the field of journalism. However, besides learning what it takes to build a brand from the bottom up, communicating with people I didn’t know before, and being surrounded by women who all have a passion for writing, I have had the amazing opportunity of learning several valuable lessons about motherhood.

Working for this site has put me in contact with many moms with completely different perspectives about motherhood. I’ve talked to Moms from the city, moms from the suburbs, moms from farms, single moms, young moms, experienced moms, etc.

Reading through each of their articles has given me vast insight on what it’s like to be a mom, to put your needs second, to dedicate your life to taking care of someone else and raising them to be someone that they can be proud of.

I’ve learned that being a mother is not a walk in the park, is not something you can half-ass, and comes with a whole lot of chaos.

I guess what I really want to say is thank you, mom. Thank you for the opportunities you have given me, for dealing with all of my craziness, and most importantly the unconditional love you have surrounded me with.

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