It’s really hard to have all the answers all the time. And nothing will make you feel even more desperate and alone than when you receive a message like the above picture when you type in your situation to Pinterest. I mean, when Pinterest tells you you’re on your own, you might as well go pop open a pudding cup and sit in the closet and bellow.

I’m coming out of an incredibly challenging last week and a half of parenting. Granted, my challenges are minuscule and short-lived compared to some of the challenges I know you other moms face or have faced, but in my world it was the most desperate, lost, frustrating, guilt-ridden, and exhausting week and a half so far. I’ll try to make it brief since KatieSpeaks is supposed to be a humorous blog and this was NOT a humorous week and a half. I cried several times every day and didn’t know how I was even going to be able to make it through the day until my husband came home from work. It all stemmed from a sick baby who is also going through separation anxiety. She cried. A LOT. I cried. A LOT. And she wouldn’t sleep. So I couldn’t sleep. And that’ll do something to a person. She would even cry in my husband’s arms and frantically look for me, so I was absolutely overwhelmed by being the ONLY person who could care for her 24/7. It gave me a whole new appreciation for the struggles other moms go through since this week and a half was unlike anything else I’ve gone through as a parent.

It showed me even more how as moms we don’t have all the answers. Something that worked the first time around as a parent might be laughable with your second kid. It’ll leave you searching for answers.

In case you didn’t know, the internet has all the answers. Sometimes as a parent you just need to sit down and Google some of life’s tough questions in search for the best advice:

How to get my kid to not pee in his shoe…

Who sells 3T Olaf underpants…

What will probiotics and antibiotics do when given at the same time…

How to make an angry diaper rash go away…

What to do with a head of cabbage your husband accidentally bought instead of lettuce…

Carcinogens in children’s bath soaps…

Carcinogens in pre-packaged foods…

Carcinogens in other things I’m not thinking of right now…

Differences between organic mac and cheese and Kraft…

Healthy snack ideas…

Does the serving size of pudding cups apply to adults or children…

Can pudding be considered part of the dairy food group…

Is it worse to have a male or female OB/GYN…

Who sells extra small toddler soccer apparel…

How much water consumption is normal for a household…

Suggested sleep schedule for 8 month olds…

Will I ever sleep again…

Should my three-year-old be using fluoride toothpaste…

Does filtered water filter out fluoride…

Brain-eating amoebas…

Secondary drowning…

Safest sunscreen for children…

How long past the expiration date is _____ good for…

IBS…

Strange lumps…

Suspicious moles…

Should a wasp still cause my entire thigh to swell up…

Signs of allergies in dogs…

How to get paint out of your dog’s hair…

Quinoa recipes…

How to get your kid to eat quinoa…

Coupons for Coco Roos…

What to do when your kid is afraid of monsters…

How to get your kid to sleep in his own bed at night…

Do bribes hurt your kids long-term…

Daniel Tiger lyrics…

Sigh…the questions are endless. The good thing is, if you post your questions on Facebook, someone usually has the right answers…or at least some good suggestions (that don’t require disclaimers) to get you on the right track. You might even get to post that picture of that gaping wound, that hairy mole, or the bright red rash on your kid’s stomach that you’ve been dying to share with your entire friends list.

The other good thing is that God is always there. Never doubt that. In fact, get in the habit of asking HIM for help first instead of Pinterest or Facebook! He loves having that kind of relationship with us — He’s our Father and he loves to have dialogue with us. Call out to Him. Ask Him for strength in the middle of your insanity. Ask Him for supernatural patience, clarity, peace, and insight into the situation you’re dealing with. You can also try asking Him for a milkshake to help you cope 🙂