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I love being a mum. It’s a job that I wouldn’t trade in for anything in the world. But it is hard too. Fitting in school, homework and activities, cooking healthy dinners, working, refereeing fights, making everyone share – I constantly feel like I’m battling to stay balanced and, like all parents, it’s easy to wonder whether I’m doing enough. Whether I’m making the right decisions. Whether I’m teaching my kids everything they need. Whether I’m there for them enough during all this busyness. And there are SO MANY decisions to make all the time!!!
My three wild little humans are at the most perfect age right now. Still little enough to give the best hugs and to still enjoy sneaking into our bed at night, but old enough to feed themselves and get themselves dressed in the mornings. They have independence while still needing me. They still come out with toddler-isms – T2 will ask me to ‘loud up’ the radio instead of turn it up. And E asks me to take her ‘tent-er-mature’ when she is sick instead of temperature. And it feels like T1 is never going to be able to pronounce ‘Dominos’ when he asks if we can get a take away (the day he stops calling it ‘Donimos’ will be a sad day for me). I’m scared about the years to come when they start needing me even less because I’m loving this phase so much. Then I worry about whether I’m making the most of ‘now’. This is the time I know I’ll always look back on as the best time of my life. I may need an awful lot of coffee to get through the day, but the days are awesome. I also know it’s the foundation for them – everything they become will be as a result of how they are treated now, how they are encouraged, how they are taught and what experiences they have. No pressure then!
I want their lives to be filled with special memories of this time. I want them to always look back fondly on their childhood and remember little things like snuggling up in bed with me to read at bedtime which is our favourite nighttime winter pass-time (the Quest books are our latest obsession – they are a bit grown up for my 7yos to do on their own but it’s a fun learning challenge to do together with a grown up). I want them to remember that we have big family bbqs every week where the kids play outside while the food is sizzling and then eveyone over-eats but somehow we all still make room for pudding. I want them to remember learning to ride their bikes at the park and then enjoying a picnic in the sun afterwards before kicking the ball around. I want them to remember their Sundays at the surf club hunting for crabs, and our evening swims together under the stars in our pool on hot summer nights…
But parenting is still hard. There are days when I snap or when I wonder if I’ve made the right decision. I shouted at poor E one morning when we were running late for school because she didn’t want to walk on the wet grass to get in the car and I couldn’t pick her up as I’d hurt my back. Today, I had to make the decision to send T2 to school even though he was complaining of a headache and tummy ache (his sister has had a vomiting bug so I was half expecting somebody else to catch it, but T2 has a habit of asking for days off and then miraculously being better ten minutes after school starts so I had to make the call – based on the fact he had no temperature – that he would be OK. By the time we got in the car on the way to school, he was fine so I made the right decision but it wasn’t an easy decision to make). Being a parent comes with the most AMAZING experiences, but it also bamboozles me all the time and has my head spinning. How do I know I’m doing the right thing? Haha of course, we don’t know we’re doing the right thing. We can only do our best based on our intuition, what information we have before us and using the techniques and coping mechanisms we’ve learnt during our time as parents.
We are all super parents!
The truth is, we are all pretty special. Parenting is a learning curve, and there will be days we do well and days we know we could have done better. But so long as we’re always learning and moving ourselves forward and striving to be better each day, we are doing the best for our kids.
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