Oh it’s hard being a parent. You don’t need me to highlight the tough bits – tears, tantrums, poo, vomit, snot. More poo . Cold cuppa’s, spilt cuppa’s, lunch on the floor. Lunch in your eye, lunch on the dog, lunch in the dog.
Fights and rows and bickers. Can I sit in the front? Can I take my scooter? Why do we have to walk? I don’t need the toilet. I do need the toilet, I need it right now. I went to the toilet in my knickers.
I want juice. I want milk. I want a biscuit. I DON’T LIKE GREEN BEANS. Please, Sorry, Please. I beg my pardon. Mummy, who are you talking to on the phone? Can I say Hello? I WANT TO SAY HELLO. What are you doing on the computer? Is it Mummy’s work? Can I touch? Please. Sorry Mummy.
Are we nearly there? Mummy are we late again? Mummy did you forget my rabbit?
I don’t want to go to bed. I’M NOT GOING TO BED MUMMY. I need a drink, I need a story, I’m scared, I’m hot, I’m cold, I’ve banged my head. It’s too dark, it’s too light. I feel sick. My tummy hurts. Can I sleep in your bed?
Phewwwwww. However, you can forgive them everything when….
- They give you a cuddle and squeeze you really tightly like you are the only person on earth.
- You escape from the house and the black cloud lifts, and they wander ahead, without a care in the world, holding hands, and you think your heart may burst.
- They are asleep. And you can trace their still-baby face and watch them curled up like a cat.
- They squeeze into the non-existent space next to you and snuggle in.
- You are given the 15th scribble of the day and it still makes you smile.
- They tell you that they Love You.
- You listen to them pretending to be You.
- They knock you over when you walk through the door like they haven’t seen you for a year.
- They want to show you what they have made/mashed/rolled/built; with their face full of hope and you don’t know who is bursting with pride more, you or them.
- They hold your hand, voluntarily.
My children never let me down when it comes to smiles and joy, I hope I never let them down either. It’s hard , but I think I’m getting better.