Parenthood has a way of bringing the best and the worst out of you.
It is a journey much like a roller coaster ride… you can go up and down, sometimes without warning. And it is definitely not for the faint-hearted!
Having been in this ride for close to 11 years, I have had my fair share of triumph and failures, joy and tears.
The grass is always greener on the other side.
A working mother might envy the life of a stay-home mother.
A stay-home mother might think working mothers have it easier.
Which role is better? Or easier?
“Mommy, don’t scold me…”
“I’m sorry, Mommy… I’m sorry…”
These are words spoken by my boys to me. Words that brought a pang of guilt and pain to my heart.
They are words that made me stop and think. Words that made me question, “What have I done to these little ones in the midst of my rushing through a hectic pace of life?”
Mommy guilt. We all have it, don’t we?
When we thought we should have done better as a mom.
When we serve instant or hawker food to our kids out of desperation and lack of time to prepare more nutritious meals.
As we enter Term 4 of the school calendar, many are feeling the heat of examinations.
Sometimes we all try too hard to be perfect.
Sometimes I try too hard to be perfect.
Now that our three kids are older, our schedule is slightly more manageable. At least I have an hour at noon each weekday, when I’m all alone at home sans kids! Yes, one precious hour!
Although our schedule is different now, most days I still feel quite breathless looking after 3 kids without a helper.
“Why is he so quiet?”
“Don’t be shy…”
“Don’t you know how to greet your elders?”
“She is SO shy!”
How many of us are guilty of saying any of the above to a child? Your child, or anyone else’s?