What do you like most about being a Mum?
My favourite thing about being a Mum is watching the kids develop. It is like a constantly opening flower.
I am amazed at what they are that I'm not and I'm pleased as punch when they are the things I am. I am delighted that they got to be athletic even though I'm klutzy. I am amazed at Liam's musicianship when I found music a chore. I love it when they do well at spelling, one of my schooltime fortes and I nearly jumped for joy when Liam nominated my favourite, science, as his favourite subject.
I love the way Dimples is sensitive to social justice issues. His concern exceeds that of many adults and I wonder if he will become the crusader I wished I was but never quite became.
I nearly fainted once when the Princess watched a little girl parade past us in a ghastly get-up and turned to say "That's just wrong"and I adore the Tomboy's casual approach to life. ( not to mention that it makes her easy to deal with in a house full of "artistic temperaments")
I suppose I'm just endlessly fascinated with them.
What do I find most difficult about being a Mum?
I don't like to be unpopular, which is part of the job description. Fortunately I haven't needed to be unpopular too often because they are generally pretty sensible kids but all the same, it's not easy.
I also struggle to be consistent, being easy and tolerant when I'm happy and stress free, cranky as all get out when I'm not.
What advice would I give to the mother of a toddler?
My favourite advice, which nobody ever listens to is: s/he will go to the toilet when ready and not before so save yourself the bother about toilet training.
A cranky, whiny or otherwise difficult child probably needs a good sleep.
You can't make a kid into what you want them to be.
Don't get too over earnest or serious about it all. If you love them to bits you don't need to over think.
Happy nearly Mother's Day!