Being a parent is demanding especially of young children and teens.We get busy and overwhelmed with everything that needs to get done; work, home, errands and life. I’ve been a parent for eight years and I can say its a roller-coaster of emotions and experiences.
I’ve learnt quite a bit;
- There is no ‘alone’ time and privacy is out of the window especially for mums because they follow us everywhere.
- Sleep is short. Generally you wake up early before them and go to bed after them.
- Social life will be affected a bit, you’ll be content just being at home. I mean it saves you the stress of carrying strollers and changing diapers outside.
- I appreciate my parents more because I realize the sacrifices they made for me as I began to do the same for my children.
- My patience has grown
- I need to consciously take care of myself to appropriately care for my children/family. It helps me give back energy and love.
- Asking for my Children’s advice is good, they love to hear questions from me e.g. ”what dress they would prefer I wear”. Seeing that their opinions matter gives them a sense of belonging and grows their self-confidence. I take their advice, so they usually ask for mine in return subsequently.
- I started talking with them, not at them. Finding a good time at the end of the day when we can communicate and discuss randomly, like where our next holiday will be after the lock down, or finding out why they like the Roblox game.This routine paves the path to discussing more serious stuff like morals and God.
- The world has become a scary place, and I remind myself not to ponder too much on how they will survive in the future.Taking a day at a time is important
- Trusting my guts works. No one knows my baby like me. We can read up stuff but always choose what best suits you.
Being a mother is one of the greatest gifts God has offered me and I am grateful for such a blessing. These are some of the many things I’ve learnt and keep learning.
Are there ”mum” lessons you have learnt or wish you knew earlier , leave it in the comments below . It might help someone or a fellow mom.cheers
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