I suddenly and unexpectedly became a parent 19 years ago and honestly it's been the best of times and it's been the worst of times. There have been times when I've thought what the $%^£ have I done. There have been times when I haven't liked being a mother or particularly liked the behaviour of my son. Don't get me wrong I love him deeply but there are times when children's behaviour is simply unacceptable.
I remember the moment when I suddenly knew what it meant, to me, to be a mother. My son was 2 1/2 years old and I was walking up the garden path after a long day at work. I could hear my husband and son inside just being father and son together. In that moment there was a deep seated shift and I became a mother.
I also share freely with people the wonderful magical times - the memories, the holidays, the laughter, singing loudly in the car together, lying on dewy grass in the dark of an early morning watching a meteor shower, just being together and now watching the man he is becoming emerge.
A couple of months ago someone said to me 'the days are long but the years are short'. This is exactly my experience.
I was delighted to find this TED talk about parenting taboos. What is it that parents aren't sharing? Are people entering parenthood with unrealistic expectations?
So make a cup of tea and and take 20 minutes to listen to Rufus and Alisa share their thoughts on parenting taboos.
And if I ask you to come up with one parenting taboo that must not speak its name what would it be? Let me know and it may feature as part of a future podcast episode.
Lots of Love