As mothers, I think there is so much pressure to be on your game every damn second of the day.
Sometimes this is my face when I wake up realise I have to parent. That’s okay!
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If you complain, you’re not grateful.
If you clock watch till bedtime, you’re not enjoying your children.
If you take time out to do something for yourself, you’re being selfish.
If you are not making fantastical, themed lunchboxes for the kids every day, you’re just slack.
If you’re having one of those days where you could quite easily down three bottles of wine and run around in circles with your shirt over your head, then you’re just a bad mum.
Well, I am having one of those days. My house looks like I’ve been robbed by a gang of toddlers, I couldn’t get to daycare fast enough this morning and I want to call the boss, tell them I’m not coming in today and then sleep until next week.
But my boss is actually a two year old, and a baby, and they quite frankly, don’t give a damn about my excuses. So i’m continuing on with my job, and if I don’t shout from the rooftops how much I love changing poo explosions and cleaning up the same toys 23 times a day, please forgive me.
If you don’t love your regular job, that’s okay. In fact, its almost expected. If your keen to get there each day, and go about your day, loving every single part of your job, good for you, you magical working unicorn! But I’m pretty sure most of us just don’t feel the same enthusiasm.
In a regular job, you check the clock, and you count down to the weekend.
In a regular job, you have bad days. Sometimes you are over it before the day even begins.
In a regular job, you get over it and you fake a sicky every now and then.
In a regular job, you sometimes check out and sit and gossip and/or Facebook for majority of the day (and to my boss who is reading this, I obviously, never ever did this 😏)
It’s assumed that everyone in a regular job hates Mondays, and spend the whole week wishing it was Friday.
But if you do any of the above as a mother… You are a terrible person.
Motherhood is on the same level as a full time job. So why do we get judged for feeling those same feelings that people in the workforce feel?
The only difference is we get paid in kisses, not cash. And we never get to clock off, we are on the job 24/7!
Not being deliriously happy in every.single.moment of your parenting life does NOT mean you don’t love or appreciate your children, it means you are human! It’s the most rewarding job, but it’s also the most challenging. And you are doing the best you can. And that’s the most important thing.
(And if you are doing the working mumma thing…. :O You are my hero. I don’t know how you do it, you deserve a medal… and all the wine!)
You go, Mumma.
Shani Archer – The Awkward Mummy