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Monday, 9 November 2015

3 Ways In Which I Suck As A Mummy

Bad Mummy

Sometimes I worry that the nature of blogging means I might come across as some kind of Mary Poppins type mother...When I started this blog at 7 months pregnant with my first child I was determined it was going to be a space to be brutally honest about all aspects of parenting and sometimes I worry that in my keenness to share our fun activities, and updates on the boys development along with all the cute photos I've perhaps lost my way on that a little bit...

So allow me to remedy that.

Today I want to be very honest about all the aspects of parenting that I am a total failure at.

Of which there are many.

I hate feeling like I`m not cutting the mustard when it comes to mummy-hood, so I try my best to grin and bear these things and act as though I`m enjoying them...but just the sheer amount of hatred I have for them makes me feel like a terrible mother in itself and brings all of that good old mummy-guilt flooding down on me! And I can't even drown my sorrows in gin coz I'm pregnant...marvellous!

So what are they?


1. I HATE THE PARK!!!!!!!

Like...I really, REALLY hate it. 
My 2 year old son, bless his heart, thinks that the many parks around where we live are some kind of heavenly Mecca for small children - there are sandpits, swings, all manner of things to crawl though, and fresh air aplenty - what's not to love?!

Well I'll tell you what's not to love...there are sandpits (Hello sand in my shoes without the fun of sunbathing on the beach), there are swings (for me to worry about him running past while some maniac child is apparently trying to touch the sun with his toes), there are all manner of things to crawl through (those new expensive Next jeans I just bought you are not made for that!) and there's fresh air aplenty (OVER RATED BORING FRESH AIR! THERE...I said it! I think fresh air is OVERATED AND DULL! ).

There's also a deplorable lack of benches for exhausted pregnant mothers like me to sit on, too many other kids flailing about and making me panic, and ...well...for gods sake I just like my nice warm cosy house, I'm not into all of this outside malarkey - its cold, and its boring, and I want to go home. Ok?!

2. I HATE PLAYING!

Now this one makes me feel like possibly the worlds worst mother, every time my little boys ever-so-sweet voice beckons out "Mummy, do you want to play with me?"

I fear that deep down he knows the answer. But the thing is...it's just SO much effort. He loves to play with playsets and little characters, but he is ever so bossy and I never get to be any character that I want to be...I always have to be "The baddy" and I always have to do and say exactly what he wants me to - so why do I even need to be there at all?! I'm just like some kind of Playmobil-wielding slave to his every command.

Plus he never wants to play up on the sofa where its comfortable, it's always on the floor and my pregnant hip-pain suffering self really doesn't find that so easy to do these days!

3. I REALLY REALLY HATE CRAFTING!

I so wish I was one of those perfect Pinterest mums who could spend ages crafting and making beautiful keepsakes that will be treasured for years to come whilst whiling away the hours chatting and giggling with my child as we happily paint, sew and stick together.

But the reality is...just lots and lots of mess.

I hate mess.

 I hate glue.

I hate sticky fingers (Mine or anyone elses!).

I`m not very creative. I never even enjoyed craft at school when I was a child myself! I used to prefer to spend the time painting my hands with PVA glue and peeling it off rather than actually trying to make anything (I didn't have the sticky finger aversion back then apparently...)

My son, bless him, watches a lot of crafting videos on YouTube and now regularly asks me "Will you craft with me Mummy? Like the Mummies on YouTube do?".....AAAAARGH THE GUILT!

I could go on and on about my parenting fails, but let's face it...it's just making me feel bad! So I'll leave it here for now and save the rest (and ohhh there are many!) for another day! 

What do you consider to be your parenting fails and do they make you feel as guilty as I do?! Please share with me, and let me know I`m not the only one!

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26 comments:

  1. I love this post - I think so many women think they're bad mums at times, it's refreshing to actually see it written out there! My boy is 2 months, sometimes I feel I try and manipulate him to sleep too often, even when he's not tired, so that I can do my long list of chores! Then I feel bad that I should be playing with him and feel like a horrible mum!

    Sam (https://raisingmyminime.wordpress.com/)

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    1. Ah thank you, I`m glad you liked it! HA I definitely used to do that with my first too! With my second there's no point coz theyre never both asleep together anyway lol! xx

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  2. Oh I hate crafting too, we don't even own any paints or crayons and I'm always worried they will end up all over the walls or something. The only time my toddler gets to do anything crafty is on the two afternoons she goes to nursery xx

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  3. I hate crafting. I'm rubbish at it and I can't stand the mess. My little man is obsessed with drawing and painting and I just avoid it at all costs. He goes to nursery twice a week and he gets his fill of it there. I also don't play, I always seem to be distracted and getting other things done and also why does it have to be on the floor? You aren't a bad mum at all. I think the majority of us feel like this and Pinterest mums are a rare breed indeed :)

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    1. I wonder if they actually exist at all?! They're mythical, I`m sure! I think Pinterest is created by Dads trying to make us all feel bad ;) x

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  4. I think the Pinterest mums are in the minority but they still manage to make us all feel bad. I'm ok with the park but am terrified of the playground - he's mad for climbing the highest things and I'm afraid of heights which makes chasing my 19 month old up things which terrify me. Not fun!

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  5. Loved reading this! I can totally relate to every single one haha. I absoloutely hate the park. I get soooo bored, especially standing by the swing swinging Elliw haha x

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    1. Haha thank you! It is SO BLOODY BORING!!!! And they want to stay there for EVER too! lol xx

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  6. Ah i don't mind the park and playing, however crafting is not my thing at all. I always end up taking over wanting everything to look really good. I have learnt to take a back seat a bit though. I do hate glue and mess to though so i feel your pain. x

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  7. Oh I am with you on the crafting. However the park is great, it is just two mins from my house and it has a nice bench. Therefore I take a coffee and grab five mins peace whilst she plays!

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    1. Oh that sounds nice!!! I think I'd enjoy it more with coffee and a bench! Our park has ZERO benches, just picnic tables which are too far away from the play area to be able to see the child and full of people smoking...yack! xx

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  8. I don't do crafting or baking with them and I hate tidying up their toys so it rarely gets done. I am grest at getting out with them but my poor house gets neglected because of it. I am so far from a pinterest mum!

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    1. Lol!! We should start a new site - the Anti-Pinterest Mums! All about how to ignore your kids toys until they get so sick of falling over them, they clear them away themselves :P x

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  9. yeah! We have so much in common lol! I cant stand most crafts. It really does depend on what im doing but in general, it's not something i like or really want to blog about. Well done for a great honest post.

    Angela

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  10. I am with you on this. It is not the fact that you get your hands sticky when crafting, I just don't have the patience to sit down and do something or I never have any ideas to come up with. I am glad he gets to do this plenty of time in his creche though. We rarely go to the park. I can count on my fingers how many times we went to this year. But it is also mainly because of Chloe as she has 2 naps during the day and I prefer her having them at home properly as she wakes from ANYTHING.

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    1. Ahh bless, it can be a nightmare timing things with two! xx

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  11. Ha ha, I still love peeling off PVA glue, but now we stick to UHU glue pens. Much less mess. Thankfully nursery did the messy stuff with N. He's not really that keen on crafting.

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  12. Love this post have to admit I'm not keen on the park either

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  13. Oh I love this, I too wanted my blog to be of that nature but we put all our time into wanting to share the good, Remind to write a post next time Taylor craps up his back and rips my hair out ;) Xx

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