Mummy guilt. We all struggle with it. That little voice in our head that tells us that we’re not doing a good enough job and reminds us of the many ways in which we get things wrong. None of us are perfect. None of us live up to the ideal of parenthood that we aim for. We’re just ordinary people, with our faults and our flaws, muddling along in this challenging world of parenthood as best we can. Trying to ignore that little voice that says we’re not enough.
#RockingMotherhood is a fabulous tag created by Pat at White Camellias. It’s all about finding and sharing ten ways in which we have this crazy journey called parenthood nailed and kicking mummy guilt well and truly up the backside. I’ve seen quite a few posts sharing the reasons why bloggers are #RockingMotherhood and loved reading them. Now it’s my turn to join in, thanks to the lovely Sarah from Mum & Mor who tagged me in her post. Here are my ten reasons why I’m a fab mummy and totally #RockingMotherhood
1) Not a single day goes by without me telling my children just how much I love them and how precious they are to me.
2) Since the day I first became a heart mummy, I have discovered a strength I never knew I possessed. I have learned how to be strong for my child when I am sick with fear inside. Handing over my daughter to a surgeon and knowing he was going to stop her heart has been one of the most frightening things I’ve ever had to do. To be able to calmly sing my child to sleep on a theatre trolley and hold my tears back until I was out of sight was incredibly hard but I knew I had to be strong for her. I know I can be strong if I have to be.
3) I am happy to have a poor night’s sleep if it means my babies feel safe and secure snuggled up with me in my bed. I quite like the snuggles too if I’m honest!
4) My children’s needs come before anything else. I will go without if necessary to give them what they need.
5) We spend lots of time out and about together creating memories and having mini adventures. I want my children to grow up with a love for the great outdoors and to be able to find beauty in the little things around them.
6) My girls are polite, kind, friendly, loving and happy little girls. They can be little imps at times (as can all children!) but they can also be utterly delightful and a joy to be around. I have learned so much about love and forgiveness just from watching my children and their approach to the world.
7) Hubby works long and unpredictable hours and is often away working on events – I am on my own with the girls a lot. I’ve got very used to juggling everything myself. Most of the time I do a pretty good job of it.
8) I keep a journal for each of my girls and each month, I write them a little letter in it for them to read when they are older. It’s my way of remembering the little moments and reflecting on the little milestones and the things we’ve done together each month.
9) I am always trying to learn from my mistakes. I am far from perfect and my short fuse is probably my biggest challenge when it comes to parenthood, but I am always trying to find ways in which I can learn a little more patience and manage those challenges in a better way.
10) I make up silly songs for my girls. We have songs for drying off after a bath, songs for changing nappies, songs about tidying up, songs about Jessica, songs about Sophie – whatever we do, I can make up a song about it!
Mummy guilt is a force to be reckoned with and finding ten things wasn’t easy. It’s been a good reminder that I’m not doing a bad job at this parenthood lark though!
I’m tagging the following bloggers to share the reasons why they’re #RockingMotherhood if they would like to join in:
- Jenni from Odd Socks and Lollipops
- Laura from Dear Bear and Beany
- Katy from Hot Pink Wellingtons
- Kim from Northumberland Mam
- Gemma from Life is Knutts
- Thank the blogger that tagged you and link to their blog.
- List 10 things you believe make you a good mother (this is just a guideline. It can be more or less than 10)
- Tag 3 – 5 bloggers to join in the #RockingMotherhood Tag.
- Grab the #RockingMotherhood badge and add it to your post or sidebar.
Looking forward to reading your answers if you do decide to join in!