Parenting is hard work.
13 April 2018, by We Are Family (606 views)
I underestimated how hard parenting is.
I love my child dearly and parenting him has turned out to be both more wonderful and more rewarding than I could have ever imagined but also much much harder than I ever thought.
It's hard, testing work and it's difficult to navigate.
One of this things I feel most stupid about in retrospect is just how hard it is to put and keep boundaries in place. I always looked at parents who didn't bother with them and thought they must have a screw loose, because from the outside it looked like much harder work letting their children run rings, demanding whatever they want.
I naively imagined it was a simple as putting a rule/boundary in place and then simply sticking to it so everyone knows where they stand and harmony would abound right?
Turns out they do this stuff anyway! - the demanding, the procrastinating, the "that's so unfair".
They have a relentless energy and drive to push and keep pushing for hours on end; and it is our job to either crumble and give in (and in so doing get five minutes peace..) or to hold fast and keep that boundary in place - hopefully from a place of calmness... (yeah right!)
It truly is a test of stamina. Why did nobody tell me?
So it's actually a lot easier to not do this work and I realise now why some parents do occasionally cave in, because some days we just don't have the strength in us.
We just do the best we can.
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