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In honour of Mother's Day this Sunday, I thought it would be fun to ask our little ones what they think we mums do all day. Naturally, we had to be prepared for some brutal honesty and expected the mundane - shopping, hanging with friends, housework. Some of the answers weren't exactly what the mums were expecting!
Read all about it in my article on Essential Kids here: http://www.essentialkids.com.au/health/relationships/the-truth-about-what-kids-think-their-mums-do-all-day-20180511-h0zycr
To all the mums out there, have a wonderful Mother's Day. May the children behave, may the partners clean up (to our standards), and may the bubbles flow!
This could be a brave article, or a stupid one, I'm not sure yet. I'm hoping it doesn't bring out all the haters.
I've was inspired to write it after reaching the point of pure frustration with other parents commenting on well-behaved kids as being boring or lacking 'spunk'. Give credit where it's due, without a sucker punch in the throat.
Big thanks to Claire Orange and Dannielle Miller for their contributing comments.
If you dare read, the link is HERE!
The one thing parents should do more of?
No, it's not drink. It's not sleep. It's not travel, even though the photo above may sway your mind that way...although we'd love to do more of all those things.
This article was spurred by a recent trip from hell on a plane ride home from Queensland. The parent was an enthusiastic, engaged and involved parent. Not the usual qualities of someone who would generate enough frustration in me to write an article.
You'll have to pop over to Essential Kids to find out what this mysterious thing is that us parents need to do more of!
Be warned: you may disagree.
There have been more than five parenting moments when I wished the ground would have swallowed me whole, but I had to narrow it down.
These were when my kiddies were little. When I cared about what other people thought, how they judged my parenting. Now my children are older, and I am wiser (or just plain fatigued), I am happy for others to pass judgement on me and my parenting ways. I'm more confident in how we raise our children and more sure of the reasons why we do the things we do.
Always good to look back and have a laugh at yourself though.
My article can be found on Essential Kids:
I'm a big crier. I used to wonder if it freaked my children out but now I think they need to have emotion modelled to them.
I want my children to grow up and know it's okay to feel strong emotion and to display it. Vulnerability and imperfection do not equal weakness. The only way for me to teach this is to show it.
My regular Essential Baby column discusses how displaying your emotions can actually enhance your relationship with your children.
Happy New Year!
My latest article on Essential Baby was inspired by a recent sand-filled getaway. Love the beach but don't always love everything that comes with it. Sand in cracks anyone?