There are so many things you have to think about when you’re a Parent.
Here are the basics….keep our kids fed, clean, and LOVED. Simple right? Wrong!
But what about all those other things. Keep them entertained, Keep them happy, Educate them – not just the 1 + 1 = 2 type thing, but also with values and morals. We have to protect them, to not let our worries, our complicated lives be evident in theirs, and allow them to just be Children without a care in the world. We have so many ideas and resources at our fingertips now, such as inspiration from blogs (Thank you World Wide Web) and books. We can take our children out for fun activities. There is so much to do, we want them to have and experience everything they possibly can…but also I find, there is so much pressure to do and have all these things too.
What about us? Can we do all of these things keeping our children’s lives stable and balanced as well as keep ourselves fed, clean and warm? Nevermind entertained, happy and educated?
How can we entertain our children with all those fun, creative activities when we need to do those mundane things like food shopping or going to pay bills, how can we sit and play a game, when dinner is begging to be cooked in time to feed our little ones before a meltdown hits? What if we are internally suffering and everything we have to do is difficult? When Mummy wants to do something for herself, like shower alone or get a very long overdue hair cut, and this does not wash well with a child of almost 5 (well, maybe it’s just mine), how do we do it, where do we fit in?
Parenting is not an easy job, it is challenging, relentless, and exhausting. It’s even worse when you are isolated, living away from your forever friends and family….BUT it is extremely rewarding. I know, it’s a real cliche, but it’s totally true.
Our life and our Love for our children, so close, yet so far apart. We want to be with them always, never want them to leave us, but at the same time, we just want to be alone sometimes too.
It’s all about Balance.