Parenting is a tough job, I’m not sure if it’s the toughest job, but definitely very challenging.
Some of the toughest days are when children are unwell, and we are sick as well. We wish we could just lay on our bed and close our eyes after a drowsy dose. But reality is, we need to attend to their needs.
My friend just shared that caring for her children is physically more exhausting than her day job. She sits at her desk all day and she takes her meals in peace. Being with her kids, she needs to be on her feet most of the times and mealtime is often a battle.
While some have to wake exceptionally early to prepare a healthy breakfast for their kids, some sleep extremely late having to coach their kids academically, tuck them to bed and complete their household chores.
A mom told me she left her job to take care of her kids, but her kids are often misbehaving, there’s very little sense of achievement when she’s with them. She wonders if she has made the right choice to leave her job.
Often people tell me I have experience working with kids, but honestly, nothing can really prepare us for being a parent. Our children are unique individuals who develop at their own pace and in their own ways.
The list goes on and no, we can’t quit. There is no one size fits all way of parenting, what works for me might not work for you. It’s normal to feel drained and lack of confidence in your parenting style.
Speak with some other parents, your family or friends, you will realise you are not alone. Also, you can write to me when you feel overwhelmed in this parenthood journey. Sharing our experiences can sometime be a reassurance that we are actually on the right track.
“Asking for help isn’t a sign of weakness, it’s a sign of strength. It shows you have the courage to admit something and then allows you to learn something new.” – Barack Obama