I’ve been a bit slack in the old social side of blogging, I’ve just not got around to doing a lot of the things which have been requested. I am excusing myself by saying that I do have 3 kids under five to cope with. Anyway, I was tagged by Jo of Slummy Single Mummy to answer a few questions about what Motherhood means to me and to be honest I really enjoyed reading her post so I cant really refuse that sort of request can I? Here goes….

Describe motherhood in three words
Challenging, tiring and fulfilling

Does your experience differ from your mother’s? How?
I’m older than my mum was when she had me which means that I think I am probably a bit more confident in the way I deal with certain scenarios. The major difference is probably that I am a mother to 2 boys and a girl, she had two girls. In my opinion boys are definitely different to girls in many ways, not least when learning how to change a nappy! The other thing I’ve noticed is that my children seem to have far more toys than I remember having. I don’t think she spent the majority of her life picking them up.

What’s the hardest thing about being a mum?
The lack of peace and quiet and time to yourself. I cant even go to the toilet alone and its a 24 hour a day job. Its really difficult not to feel a little bit fed up about the realisation that in about 20 years time I might get a decent nights sleep and a bit of time to myself. Putting everyone elses demands in front of your own can be a little bit demanding and challenging at times.

What’s the best thing?
I love it when I am in a different room and I hear the sound of childrens laughter echoing throughout the house. It’s wonderful when they reserve a smile for me and when they tell me they love me. My heart nearly skips a beat when I see them doing more and more independent stuff, like driving the little cars in my picture!

I also quite like the opportunity to play with plastic swords, water pistols, Lego and Playmobil.

How has it changed you?
I think I have become a lot less self-centred. I’ve also become a lot less self-conscious, well you cant really be, can you?

What do you hope for your children?
I’ll be honest; I want them to be happy and healthy above all else, but there is a tiny part of me that wants them to make a success of their lives and not ‘want’ for anything. I’m also looking forward to their weddings when I’ll be able to treat myself to a nice outfit.

What do you fear for them?
I worry about illness and things getting them down. I also have a slightly irrational fear generally about homelessness and it would be my worst fear that any of them ended up in that situation.

What makes it all worthwhile?
A smile and a kiss in the morning and at bedtime and hearing them have their ‘secret’ conversations about what they are enjoying at any one time when they think I cant hear.

I’m a terribly nosy person, that’s why I enjoy blogging and reading about other peoples lives. I’m supposed to tag five people now so these are the people whom I’d love to hear more about, but if they wish to retain their thoughts I wont mind too much! Annie, Jo, Nova, Jax and Wendy


5 Responses

  1. Caroline 18th March 2012 / 3:19 pm

    Great post. Definitley true about blogging and nosiness going hand in hand 😉

  2. Emma x 18th March 2012 / 7:59 pm

    I did this today too 🙂

  3. The mum of all trades 18th March 2012 / 11:32 pm

    Aw this was lovely. I love hearing their conversations as well when they think I'm not listening.

  4. Slummy single mummy 19th March 2012 / 10:24 am

    Thanks for taking part – I&#39;m really pleased you did as they are great answers. Even though my kids are 9 and 16 noiw they BOTH still barge in when I&#39;m trying to go to the toilet in peace! <br /><br />I also really liked the bit about the fear of homelessness – I have a similar fear, that feels irrational to me, about drug addiction and eating disorders. <br /><br />Thanks again x

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