Congrats, you’re a parent. In other words, you now have to be “on” and available and ready to troubleshoot the logistics 24/7 for the rest of your life. Cool cool.
But if you consider yourself an introvert—i.e., someone who focuses internally and needs alone time to recharge after being around other people—parenthood can feel extra daunting, and the range of kid-related social scenarios can leave you stressed, anxious and drained.
So, how do you navigate, protecting your own emotional needs while also addressing those of your child? First step: Deep breaths. Second: Read on.