As long as you live under my roof, you’ll do as I say.
Did you clean your room?
Don’t ask me WHY. Just do it.
I’ll treat you like an adult when you start acting like one.
I don’t care what “everyone” is doing. I care what YOU are doing!
You’ll thank me one day for this!
These are just a few of the things my mum said to me and nauseum growing up, and I’ll bet you also heard a few of these ‘mumisms’ growing up too.
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At the time, we rolled our eyes or cried into pillows at the frustration of it all, but when you put those awful teenage years behind you (and they were truly awful) and really start to listen to what our mums say, you soon realise that most of the time their advice is pretty spot on.
And some of it stays with you for life.
It wasn’t until I gave birth to my own daughter that I started to understand exactly what this motherhood business was all about.
My husband was away and missed the birth, but my mum didn’t. The hospital called her (I was in too much pain) at 6am to tell her that I was probably going to give birth in the next 45 minutes. Somehow, despite being more than 45 minutes away she got to the hospital in 30 minutes. It’s these superhuman acts of love that sum up what it is to be a great mother.
Motherhood is one of the most rewarding, baffling, amazing, fulfilling, nail-biting and gut-wrenching experiences you can ever throw yourself into. Some days you’ll wish it away and at other times you want each stage to last a lifetime.