Parenthood can be such a joy, but such a challenge too!
One moment is blissful, the next full of stress;
As fast as you tidy, they’re making a mess,
Some days you feel in control; on others just muddling through.
Weekend mornings with snuggles in bed: life seems quite sublime.
But when it’s a week day: no chance to be lazy;
Rushing here, there and everywhere, the atmosphere crazy:
“Quick put your shoes on!” “Get out of the house!” “Good heavens, is that the time?”
When siblings play nicely, it’s lovely to watch – what a beautiful bond they share!
What fun they are having there playing together;
But it can change just as quickly as our summer weather,
And end up with bickering, fighting and pulling of hair.
Going out as a family can be such a joy – what a great way to spend the day!
Let’s take the kid’s scooters for them to use;
But fifty yards in and they suddenly refuse
To ride any more; leaving you to carry them the rest of the way.
Meal times are brilliant when the food is enjoyed: well done for clearing your plate!
And then there are times when try as you might,
You can’t even persuade them to eat just one bite,
And their favourite food yesterday is now the thing they seem to hate.
And finally bedtime – time to wind down as another day comes to an end;
Bathtime and story-time, big hugs and a kiss;
Now please settle down: but the children resist,
And find reasons to delay sleep whilst sending you right round the bend.
In spite of the challenges, I wouldn’t change anything – I’m lucky these kids are mine.
The sound of their laughter brings me so much pleasure;
The fun moments bring memories that I’ll always treasure;
And the tough days can often be eased thanks to chocolate and wine!