A Mother, what am I signing up for?

Mothers, you are bringing up tomorrow’s leaders.

We have just had the addition of twin girls to our family! These babies are long awaited and will be much loved. It reminded me yet again the work involved in being a mum and at times it is a thankless task and you can often feel under-valued….

It’s not always easy, it’s plain hard work! Especially if you elect to stay at home. It’s 24/7.  Here’s a job description I came up with…..

You will get tired, so you will feel grumpy and short tempered. Your hormones will be all over the place for years.

Jo with number three, Anna  (3 under 3/12) looking and feeling her most tired. At times there seemed like there was  no light at the end of the tunnel... But there was!
Jo with number three, Anna (3 under 3/12) looking and feeling her most tired. At times there seemed like there was no light at the end of the tunnel… But there was!

You will never enjoy a deep sleep again. Those sensors wake you at the tiniest noise, (when the children are teenagers you wait to hear that they have come home safely at the time specified).

There’s a lot of physical work involved – it is mundane a lot of the time.

Gardening skills are an advantage.

The washing is endless, it’s the folding and putting away that seems to get on top of you

Just when you think you’ve got it sorted, and the house is clean and tidy for an hour or two, it all goes to pieces.

If it’s quiet in the house there’s generally trouble.

You must have eyes in the back of your head.

You will never get a good go at cleaning anything, you’ll have to stop and start every few minutes when you have a baby or toddlers, or you’ll have to do the housework at night when everyone is in bed.

Being a good cook is an essential skill ( you can learn). You will have to think a few meals ahead.

Small people wreck your furniture and special things, and get into your makeup and squeeze out your expensive creams.

You must be a multitasker, good organiser and a taxi driver to all the activities and sports.

You must have endless patience and be ready to cuddle day and night and read stories.

You must be prepared to clean up after your children when they are sick and still be cheerful.

Be quick to praise and slow to criticise,

Never shout (or hardly ever, the children will end up shouting back)

Be the trait you want to see in your child.(Keep working at that. They seem to pick up your worst ones)….. Lead by example

Remain positive and have the ability to build self-confidence and empathy for others.

Be prepared to have your heart broken. Enjoy the good times, learn from the bad. You’ll be proud and humiliated. Laugh and cry, but do you know what?

It’s worth it all! It’s the best job in the world

Oh I forgot, be a good listener!

Jo Guy