I also know why that elephant in the book wanted "just 5 minutes peace"! And there's that solitary cup of tea, once again stone cold. Forgotten.... because it's mine. Would I let my kids food go cold, absolutely not (in fact Josh is king of having his dinner heated up again and again because he's a really show eater) but if it's me, well I can just go by the wayside, I'm not as important.
Or am I?
Some nights, days, weeks, are extra tough. That’s motherhood. It’s not always easy. Of course there are many joy filled days, full of laughter and things going according to plan. But some days you're crying in the downstairs toilet, hiding, because you just want one moment alone and even that gets interrupted with the kids coming in to join you. Speaking for myself, those days I feel like a failure for not being able to muster up the enthusiasm that those Cbeebies presenters have (what the actual fuck are they on). Yet being like this, you often miss the achievements you have accomplished that day; the kids are fed, clothed, warm, loved. The shopping has been done, the dinner is on, the house is vacuumed. You are actually owning this motherhood malarkey but you can’t see the wood for the trees because some days it just all feels a bit overwhelming.
Why is it that sometimes we simply can't recognise that we are doing a grand job! And when we have those toilet crying moments, were we’re doubting ourselves, we need to cut ourselves some slack. It’s not always easy to take a step back and gain some perspective; it can be a lot easier said than done.
When you're a Mum, someone else is always the priority; the kids, the other half, even the damn cats. And you often end up at the bottom of the list, by which time you're too exhausted to even think about yourself. But it's important that you do. You are important because you are someones entire world. And that someone doesn't care how clean the house is, or if they're getting homecooked dinners every night. They simply want Mummy smiling and singing Old McDonald. And if one warm cuppa a day makes you smile, that's something to aim for! - 19 minutes ago