Why is it that when I talk to other mums at the moment it’s all doom and gloom? Is it just the age that our toddlers are all at (almost – just over 3), or is it that being a parent is really not that much fun?
I know there are some mothers out there who thrive on the chaos that is being a mother. They take it all in their stride and seem to have the answers and the ability to stay calm in high stress situations. But I don’t know any of them! Perhaps us mums that struggle, stick together as a support mechanism? I know that without all the mums I have around me I would go totally insane.
If it’s not trouble with childcare (or lack thereof), it’s child behavior, sibling tension, partner neglect (in both directions), lack of sleep/energy/autonomy, financial strain, boredom or anger management.
Last week I managed to flick through a week old edition of Sunday Life and read the article about the pros and cons of being a parent versus being a child free couple. The outcome was pretty bleak. Don’t get me wrong – I love my children more than I could have ever imagined loving someone, but I never thought the day to day of being a parent would be so hard.
I’ve been back at work for just over two weeks now and I am slightly ashamed to admit to people how much I am enjoying it. There is an interesting debate going on in the comments of this post by blue milk. I find it really fascinating how passionate us mum’s can be in defending our choices.
While I do love being back at work, I also find it so rewarding to come home to see my ever changing little family and how they appreciate me so much more as a result!