Describe motherhood in three words. Tiring. Scary. Wonderful.
Does your experience differ from your mother’s — how? I’m sure we had very different experiences! My mother raised my sisters and brother as a single parent. When I was born she went to work and my father took care of me. The opposite of me and mine! We also parent in quite different ways, which I think is in part due to the different times that we had our children in.
What’s the hardest thing about being a mum? Having to keep going when I’m really tired or unwell.
What’s the best thing? My children growing into their own people, becoming individuals and showing their kindness and creativity. The fantastic, uninhibited imagination of children, and when they share and play together.
How has it changed you? It’s changed me a lot. I care more deeply about things. I consider things more carefully before making a decision. I have become a happier, kinder person in order to set a better example for my children.
What do you hope for your children? I hope that they will find people that love them and things they enjoy and that they will be happy in whatever they do.
What do you fear for them? I worry that my mental illness may affect them as they grow up, that it may cause them to resent me for not being as good a mother as I could be, or worse that they will suffer as I do. I worry that society’s traditions and ideals will drag them down.
What makes it all worthwhile? Cuddles and kisses. The faith that my children have in me, even when I’m doubting myself.
I’m tagging any parent that would like to give this a go! If you’d like to read the original meme, it can be found at more-than-a-mum.com