Introducing you to our fifth Featured Flogger!
Shari from Your Family Survival Coach is a mum of 3 and it was her radiant positivity that captured me most about her blog. I got to live vicariously through her life as she took off on a fabulous cruise sans children. (Lucky duck!) But I particularly loved this post she wrote just last week about the sweet side of raising a blended family.
For now, sit back and enjoy her post today. And don’t forget to leave lots of comment love, ‘k?
5 Undeniable Points of Parenthood Initiation
Before parenting, I can confidently say that I truly had minimal understanding of what raising children took … ignorant could be a good descriptor. My now three-time experience has proven to me that parenting really IS a roller coaster ride, pardon that tired old cliché, and the good times are grand whereas the lows, well …. not so much.
My philosophy on all this parenting shizz is pretty simple and my baseline is survival. Some days, just getting through makes Mum a champion and managing to scrape by is A-Ok. Of course there are better days that are sunny, happy, joyful and fulfilling and aha, how very cool would it be if the whole gig could be like that?
If you can learn from the misfortunes experiences of others who have walked the Mum or Dad trail before you, all the better I reckon and so if I were to disclose to you 5 things I’ve learnt – often the hard way – since becoming a parent, it’d possibly be these …
- There are times when it is certainly ok to cover your ears and eyes purposefully so as not to fuel your child’s efforts at attention seeking. Think along the lines of major supermarket meltdown. Of course, a backup strategy is to pretend that your kids actually belong to someone else. The more embarrassing the behavior, the bigger the chance that you could one day find yourself proclaiming loudly, “just wait until I get you home to your Mother, heaven knows what she’ll say!!”
- The scale of normal is a very long one indeed and what may be normal(ish) for me and mine may not be for you and yours. Truly, the concept of mainstream is all relative and provided the professionals aren’t knocking at your door, it’s probably all good.
- Some of the friends that you had PK (pre-kids) will be casualties of parenthood. It just happens that way. The friends you used to nightclub with may not want to spend as much time with you after little’uns arrive and you’ll find that’s ok. You’ll also discover that the new friends you make via the connections with your kids will often be genuine and keepers.
- Starting from the delivery itself shame and dignity are no longer in your vocabulary and it will be a loooong time before they swing by to visit, that’s if they ever come back!
- Laughing solves almost anything and your children will provide you with a lifetime of funnier comic moments than a stand-up festival and best of all admission is free ….. oh, wait that’s not taking into account expenses in clothing, food and education etc etc.
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