Why bother reading this post? Why bother finding special time for the kids? Why bother going out to somewhere new? These are things I grapple with regularly. It seems like hard work doing something new where the benefits are uncertain. This morning I have been reading about the wonderful Bradley and I have also listened to the chat by the young royals. This reminds me why.
There is no manual that tells you what parenthood is going to be like. Children are precious but they also need to be independent even though we don’t know what their lives are going to hold. They have to live their childhood, and that includes the boredom over the next few weeks alongside the exhilaration of trips out and holidays.
We need to prioritise our mental wellness so that we can ‘contain and manage’ our kids emotional ups and downs. You don’t have to feel that you are mentally unwell to do something to maintain wellness. That would be like only exercising each time you hit a certain weight. Better to keep things topped up regularly if you can.
Our social media society can make this harder due to the perfect family images that are portrayed. There were just airbrushed models but now the whole of life appears airbrushed as well.
In July I have attended 4 parent sessions to listen and share some of the realities of parenting. It is inspiring and energising to hear from other parents and to know that we are not alone. We laugh, we listen and we chat. This is a safe space. No one is given judgement or even direct advice. Everyone’s situation is unique and you only share what you want.
In August I will run another 3 parent sessions and I know that they will help me to keep calm and play more with my kids. I will be able to weather their emotional rollercoaster or if do lose it (which will probably happen at least once) I have somewhere to go to move on from it! (With ☕️ and 🎂 😊)
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