When Parenting Pushes Beyond The Limits

These last couple of weeks have made me question whether I can successfully fulfil the role of being a parent.

Patience is not my thing, I’ve since discovered after owning two small children. Nor is sleepless nights, early starts and constant crying (whinging is also just as bad – nails on a chalk board).

Although this is all part of the job. Sometimes nothing we can do as parents will make a blind bit of difference to how they sleep and behave. Sometimes it’s just luck of the draw.

There’s no amount of tea or caffeine to make up for the loss of sleep. There’s also no amount of early nights to make up for it, because the baby can sense an early night.

I’ve been close to throwing in the towel in the midst of these unhappy and tiring days. In fact, I did throw in the towel. The towel, some toys, a fish slice.

Once the towel had been thrown it was quickly handed back. Reminding me that my role is full time (over and above the standard working hours) and it’s also permanent.

I must be failing somewhere ‘what am I doing wrong?’ I ask myself and anyone within earshot. Nothing. Getting a grip and accepting this is my life now, is all that is needed.

Riding out the hard days (weeks) for the best days, the best smiles, the best laughs. And reminding ourselves that it all comes good in the end. Especially when the end is an evening in pyjamas, sipping wine.


It’s not their fault, even when you’re convinced they do it on purpose.

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  1. September 19, 2015 / 10:42 pm

    I felt like I was reading something written straight from my head. Motherhood is full of trials and emotions that I never knew existed! I am visiting from Facebook ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. September 21, 2015 / 12:29 pm

    Yep I’m with you on this one. Being tired makes everything a million times worse. You look like you’re doing a fab job so I wouldn’t worry too much ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. September 23, 2015 / 12:44 pm

    I don’t know how you cope with 2. I’ve had my nephew as well as Max on a few occasions recently and it’s been really hard.

  4. Kayla
    January 4, 2016 / 6:28 pm

    We just entered the terrible two stage with our second child so I know what you mean. What gets me through is remembering that these phases are temporary. Great post, and you’re doing a good job!

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