Tuesday, November 10, 2015

No One Said It Would Be Easy

When I held both my boys in my arms for the first time it was like a fire was ignited inside me. I was overwhelmed by that euphoric feeling of love and amazement of the miracles they were. Some people think that newborns are hard and are happy to fast forward to the next stage. Me, I could keep having babies and be content with the nursing, wake ups through the nights and the twenty diapers I had to change throughout a twenty four hour period. It's the stage I am in now with my almost five year old that I feel is challenging. This is not easy, and this is what they all warned me about.

My four year old, Chase, is a lot like me. Let's call that problem number one. Problem number two is he is almost five. There is eye rolling, crying for no apparent reason, screaming, foot stomping, throwing toys, not picking up toys until told for the tenth time, refusing to share with his brother, biting his brother, hitting his brother, laughing when he is reprimanded, and simply just being annoying. Yes, I did just say my child was annoying. Don't you dare tell me you haven't thought it once about your little princess or prince!

Some Most days I feel like I just can't get a handle on this mommy thing. I can keep my cool for only so long then all of a sudden it is like a balloon popping. Blood rushes to my head and suddenly I am vomiting out of my mouth with words I regret the moment they spill off my lips. I am not intending to hurt my child, it is the very last thing I would ever intentionally do. I am not perfect and being a mother is the hardest job I have ever loved. Some days I do it with grace and others I cry wondering how the fuck to do it right. More importantly, will I ever get it right?!

One moment we are doing something so amazing and fun, the next it all goes to hell. I yell, I cry, I hide away feeling incredible guilt. In those moments I feel like the worst mother! I close my eyes and say I am sorry and promise to be better and try harder. I pray to God to give me strength and forgive me. I pray to be better. I do try, EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. I would like to say that each day gets a little easier, that I become a better mom. Truth be told each day is different. I do try and I will continue to try but not every day does it get better. Some days it just gets worse.

It is not every moment that I am baffled at this thing called motherhood. Most, but not all. I do love being a mom, I can't imagine my life without children in it. The four year old monster boy is also very sweet. I may have painted a picture of the ideal bratty child, he is not that. What my son is reflects a typical toddler. There are so many amazing things about this child. He can talk our ears off with stories and ramblings of nothing, yet he can make them sound so alluring in his little voice. He is a wonderful helper, always eager to do something for mama, daddy or his grandparents. He is artistic, the boy loves to play with paint and create a project. He is adventurous and curious, he loves a good walk in the woods.  He is has an electrifying energy that I envy. At the end of the day, no matter how awesome or ugly it has been, he always wants to cuddle.


I seem to have been struggling the past couple of weeks. Parenting surely has its ebbs and flows to it as we all know. A few months ago we had a rough spot and I was feeling out of control with my own feelings and most days down right helpless. I was angry at myself for my reactions and shitty parenting skills. No mother wants to harbor feelings of guilt and shame.

So of coarse when my husband went away for a weekend this summer and I was home alone with the kids  I found myself getting lost in the wonderful and evil world of Facebook. I came across this ad for a free seminar on parenting. It came with promises of helping you learn to stop yelling and be a better parent. With a few beers in me this seemed to be screaming my name. So why the hell not right?! I signed up and the next night I was going to be on my way to being a better mom.

The next night I sat at my computer eager and ready for the live webinar. I had my pen and paper out to take notes and was even a little nervous. I felt like I was right back in high school taking that important test that would allow me to graduate if I passed. This webinar had a live chat feed so you could see all the comments from other parents who think they too suck at this parenting thing. I was suddenly in a sea of other moms who were desperate to change their ways and be a better mom. There were several "I do that's" followed by "I am crying right now". I never participated in the conversation but truth be told, I was crying too. Nothing like a live webinar to make you feel even shittier than you already do!

After the webinar I attempted to use the strategies suggested and make some changes. It wasn't long before I realized that it was just like high school, I was again failing the exam. I was envious of this woman who promised to help all us moms parent better and without yelling. I was also pissed off that she could successfully do it. Oh, and for a small fortune you could sign up to get regular advice to help you be successful at parenting just like she was. This pisses me off to be honest. We are surrounded by parenting books and those who are "qualified" to tell you what you are doing wrong and how you can fix it. To me each family is different, each child is unique, and no one should be allowed to judge or throw stones at how one parents unless they are causing harm to a child. I am not saying that some parenting books do not contain some useful information, what I am saying is no one can say they are an expert at parenting someones child. Sometimes we are looking too hard at the big picture. We can always try harder yet are our expectations unreasonable? Maybe it is that we expect too much from ourselves.

This is part of my problem, I envision a mother I thought I would be rather than accepting the mother that I am. I am not the best mom, nor am I the worst one. I am the mom God gave me for these children. No matter how bad of a day I have had one thing will always be certain when I close my eyes at night, I wouldn't change one thing about my life. I wouldn't trade a moment of what I have been given. I struggle, just as many of us do, and that only will make me better and stronger. I am a mother to two amazing creatures, for this I am blessed.

I want my children to grow up and always know that I love them. More importantly, I want them to feel my love. I am not perfect, but I am trying and will never stop trying. My children may drive me absolutely batty at times, I may swear under my breath and occasionally yell a little too loud, but my love for them is the truest and most honest thing that I have to give them.

This parenting thing is hard. It can down right suck the very life out of you some days. It is also the most amazing ride I have ever been on. There are bumps and roadblocks. Mountains to climb and waters to swim through...but the destination is all the same. No one said it would be easy. But it is sure damn well worth it!


13 comments:

  1. Such a raw and honest post. I could not agree or relate more, my friend. Parenting is by far the most difficult thing I've ever had to do.

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    1. Thank you friend. I needed to write this post. I was having a shitty week and felt like a shitty mom. I know there are ups and downs and writing about the ugly parts is just as important to me as writing about the awesome ones.

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  2. "There are bumps and roadblocks. Mountains to climb and waters to swim through...but the destination is all the same. No one said it would be easy. But it is sure damn well worth it! "

    AMEN! We DO expect too much of ourselves, all of us! I even wrote about it on a different topic today. You are doing a GOOD job. No one is perfect. Screw the webinar!!!

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    1. That webinar sure did strike a cord in many moms in the coarse. We can't rely on webinars and books, we need to rely on our gut. We do the best we can and that accounts for everything!

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  3. This was a beautifully written post and I can completely relate. My sons are 3 1/2 and 5 years old. There are some days when they pull me in 3 different directions even though there are only two of them! I look and photos of when my boys were younger and I miss those days with a passion. But even with as hard as it is now these days are cherishable too. And someday you will look back and think "thank god its over, but how I wish they were that small again."

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    1. They are tough ages for sure. 3 is definitely when things start to get challenging.
      Exactly, soon they will be in high school not wanting to spend any time with me...I dread that!

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  4. Don't judge yourself. You are doing a great job. When my boys were younger I dwelled on everything being perfect and drove all of us crazy. I had to calm down and just take it one day at a time. They really do grow up so fast and before you know it they'll be hanging out with their friends and you'll miss those days when they were young. We sure do. I plan on writing a post about this same subject. I hope to have it up by tomorrow. I hope you can read it. #manicmondaybloghop

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    1. Thank you for your kind words. One day at a time is the best way to live. It can all change all too quickly. The amazing times weigh so much more than the bad ones!

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  5. I honestly think that all those parenting books and webinars are crap. I bet you anything that they have had those days and they continue to have those days with their children. No webinar or self help books are going to change that. I have a 5 year old who acts the exact same way and I just take it one day at a time with him. There are days when he's exceptionally good and then there are days when I want to have someone haul him away because he's being a typical 5 year old. Take it in stride, pretty soon that little dude will be heading off to college and you'll want him back as your little boy again.

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    1. Yes Stephanie! Thank you! They are complete crap! I couldn't agree with you more. I will never buy a parenting book and that is for sure the last webinar I am doing.
      This is a tough age...but it is also so much fun! Good days and bad days, they all can't be perfect :)

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  6. This is such a wonderful post! I have a four year old as well and oh boy it can be tough some days! I love how you have laid it all out there!

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    1. Thank you so much!!!! I needed to write this post with honesty. So glad you liked it!

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  7. I love your honesty in this post. My three-year-old son has become (even more of) a handful and at times it's overwhelming. Sometimes I feel like I'm succeeding; other times I'm ready to pull my hair out. We'll all get through it (I hope)! Thanks for sharing at the Manic Mondays blog hop!

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