Add to my things to do list (which doesn't really exist) I have to blog with the topic of "Being a mom is tough".
Amanda Grace is 16. How did that happen!? Daniel will be 12 in 3 weeks. And the little boy I watch will be 2, yes 2, in two weeks!!!
I will first talk about the little man, Robert. I have been his Nanny since he was 8 weeks old. I have him from 8:15 am to 4 pm, five days a week. It's been like starting all over, a change of life baby. Except I didn't get the sleepless nights until just recently when we got a dog.
I am 46 years old and trying to keep up with an almost 2 year old has been a challenge over the last month. He has gotten so busy all of a sudden.
I look at him every day and think about all of the things I have done wrong with my two children. I try not to think about it too long because the enemy will lay the guilt on pretty thick.
I use to think that having a toddler was SO HARD. But to be honest, each stage is hard. When they are little, it takes a lot of patience and physical energy. When they are pre-teens, it takes a lot of patience and a lot of patience.
I have recently said that I am not sure how any of us make it out of the "middle school" years (about age 10 to 14 or so). And then I add 'some species kill their young'. (Kindness doesn't come easy for me. Honesty, well that's another story. I will tell you like it is).
When they hit 15, your bedtime suddenly moves from 10 pm to...LATE. Amanda's activities run late and she always needs a ride somewhere.
So when you have a teenager you need patience and...
Sleep? No that's over rated. I am happy with six hours on a good night.
Naps? Well that only works if you watch a soon to be 2 year old.
Less sleep? Do you see where I am going with this?
If you have a little one, rest up because one day you won't be sleeping much. Oh yes, I guess you can compare it to having a newborn.
With each stage there are things that I have loved and things that I have...not loved. I always thought "this is so tough". Then we moved on to something else and I would look back and say "what was I complaining about?"
Little children, little issues. Bigger children, bigger issues.
I could ramble on for hours about our struggles with teachers, homework, AD/HD, bullying, etc but it really comes down to one thing...
BEING A MOM IS TOUGH.
But it is my greatest accomplishment. It's really the only thing I ever wanted to be. Young people have such pressure when they hit high school. What do you want to be when you grow up? I never wanted to be anything but a mom. I went to college and got a teaching degree in Art. But I never had any desire to do that. I worked in the insurance business for seven years. But my heart was always at home. The only thing I ever really wanted to be was a Mom.
I LOVE begin a mom. But...
BEING A MOM IS TOUGH
|September 2013 (I need a better picture).|