It’s amazing how as a child, things just get done for you.
Things that are done for the simple objective of helping to keep you happy and healthy. Things that, at the time, you don’t realise or appreciate because they just occur, out of love for you.
All you know is that hot meals appear in front of you when your tummy starts rumbling, blankets and cosy sheets make their way on to your bed when the weather gets cold and a magic cleaning fairy visits your house and clears away the evidence of food fights and muddy football matches in the dead of night.
Once you have kids of your own, you gain new found respect and acknowledgement for all of the effort, energy and thought that went into memories and moments making up your childhood (thanks mum).
Often, by the time you realise how much effort actually goes in to caring for a family, and helping to keep them happy and healthy, it’s because you’re the one doing it. (The cleaning fairy thing is croc by the way. I left the muddy clothes out for ages and she never showed.)
Just as an FYI, you should know that this post is sponsored by Dettol. But all opinions expressed by the author are 100 per cent authentic and written in their own words.
I’ve always thought that parenting was fundamentally about “keeping them happy”. As flippant as it sounds, it’s true.
Healthy, well-fed, nourished, stimulated, socialised kids are happy kids, and I, like any parent, just want my kids to be happy and to grow and develop into their best. I’m not talking about the huge life changing decisions parents often make for their kids. I’m talking about the everyday little things that mums and dads all around the world do, just for the ones they love.
Currently my life, as some would already know, is ruled by small people. I’m okay with that. In fact, I’m in love with that.
It doesn’t mean it’s not exhausting and difficult at times but it’s also pretty awesome. That old saying is true, you stop living for yourself and start living for someone else from the minute that baby is placed in your arms, and now, with a 2.7-year-old and a 10-month-old in tow, every minute of my day is focused on them.