To all the mums and dads out there who had little sleep last night and feel like they’ve been hit by a bus this morning, you are not alone.
We are all in this together. From one parent to another we should all be supporting and looking out for eachother. Having children is one of life’s biggest challenges. It’s fucking hard. It’s messy, it’s tiring and mentally draining.
You’re a good parent. You should never doubt that. You may not have you’re shit together most of the time, but that’s ok!
My first tip, stop comparing yourself to other parents. We all do it differently because all of our children are different. Little Jimmy down the road might be sleeping 7-7 every night but little Susie next door still wakes for a bottle at 3am. It doesn’t make Jimmys mum any better that Susies mum. It’s just how it is.
My second tip. Stop worrying that you’re child is going to spontaneously combust if you feed them the wrong thing or all they want to eat that day is a bit of toast. They are humans. We all have down days. I know some days all I fancy is pizza. Then the next I want to eat a crate of vegetables. Life’s all about balance.
My last little tip for today. It is ok to feel like you are trapped sometimes. It doesn’t make You ungrateful for what you have or a bad parent. You have a child demanding every ounce of your existence. That’s tiring! But this doesn’t mean you can’t break away from it for a while. Make some time for you even if it’s just a bath with the door shut or a lone shopping trip. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. You deserve to feel like a normal human from time to time!
We all have down days. God knows I do! Just don’t bottle it up. Let it all out. Scream, cry and have a temper tantrum, drop a few F bombs. No parent would judge you. If they did it’s because they obviously aren’t brave enough to let their shit out to air. Better out than in hey!