Adventures of Motherhood

I am a harried mother of three kids who move at light speed and a husband who lives in a world of words. If that isn't enough, I teach in an elementary school as I slowly watch my hair turn gray.

Saturday, February 12, 2005

It's so hard to say no!

It's so hard to say no to my kids. Well I can say it very well, but they don't listen to me when I do say it. I really have the best intentions. (Ready for the excuses?!) I am a mother of 3, an English teacher in kindergarten and grade 2, a wife, housekeeper, cook, chauffer, etc. Some days I am just so overwhelmed with everything I have to do. I am tired. More tired than I have ever been in my whole life. When it's 5 pm and I'm making supper and one of my munchkins come calling, my good intentions just fly out the window. It's easier to stick to my guns with the 2 older ones. Zach will stomp his feet, say a "No Fair!" (hey, who said life was fair!) and slam his door. Dahlia has a shriek that will shatter glass. I have to admit, I particularly enjoy how she watches herself crying in the mirror when she has a tantrum. Can you say Oscar Winner! Noah, my baby, gets away with murder!! I can't help it. That face is sooo cute, the tears are sooo real and at 4 you still can't reason with him. Or maybe you can and he knows that he has me right where he needs me...in the snack cupboard, at the computer or the official channel changer. I want to be strong, not only for myself, but also because I know that they will benefit from not always getting their own way. It's hard being a working mother. We are apart more than we are together during the week. It comes back to being stressed and tired. Is a cookie or two before dinner worth a battle or harmony? Does that make me a bad mother? What do you think?

5 Comments:

At 12:18 AM, Blogger Terry said...

Wow, Firsties to a new blog. Hi, I'm Terry, a friend of Carmi's. Nice posts, sounds like you guys have quite the handful of kids, enjoy!

 
At 5:33 AM, Blogger Ms Mac said...

Never underestimate the power of a 4 year old! You may find that yes, he has you exactly where he wants you. All of my boys do, but sadly, I'm usually quite happy to be there!

 
At 10:57 PM, Blogger Gwen said...

I'm with you - a cookie or two before dinner never hurt anyone! There are bigger battles to pick than cookies.

I never thought I'd become an ernest blogger, but when I have nothing else to write about, there's always something to write about my child. Life is so rich with short people in it. Good luck with your blog.

 
At 11:44 PM, Blogger Christine said...

No, it doesn't. Sanity and motherhood do not get along. People tell you that parenting is difficult, but that gives you no clear idea of what it is really like. These tiny people are just starting out life - they have so much more energy than we do. (Any energy we did have they drain by making sure we don't sleep more than 4 hours in a row.)

 
At 4:06 AM, Blogger purpleelephant said...

Hi Morah Mummy. Christine at Mommy Matters sent me over here and I'm glad she did, you have a great blog.
Before I had kids I was already setting lots of rules, My kids wont be allowed to do THAT! They are going to do THIS everyday! I will never bribe my kids with sweet things. etc etc. But since I've become a mother I have realised that if I stuck to my ideals then I would always be saying 'No!' and our relationship would be so negative. Thankfully I have now relaxed a bit and I just stick to what I believe to be really important.

 

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