I believe there’s no perfect parent and that isn’t just a statement to let myself off the hook for my bad parenting moments. No, it’s to declare parental solidarity because the reality is, none of us are perfect. All we are is just a bunch of parents doing our best.
I have three kids under 13 and I can honestly say they can be damn hard work. From the moment they wake up, to when I drop them at school, then again when I pick them up, right up until bedtime, they are ‘on’ like a broken light switch you can’t turn off.
They’re ‘on’ at each other, they’re ‘on’ at me, or I at them and when their dad’s home he gets his turn.
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In fact, it seems our household is ‘on’ all the time, that is until someone cracks it and more often than not, that person is me. Quite frankly I got sick of losing it over the smallest of things, so much so that I thought there must be something that I, as a parent, must be doing wrong. Surely kids shouldn’t be bickering and fighting all the time or have this many issues with everything this often?
So I questioned myself: Am I too old for this parenting business? Perhaps I should’ve had kids younger? Is my discipline not tough enough? But I’ve confiscated everything from toys, phones to party invites… Am I being too hard on myself? Maybe I’m spoiling them too much?