Well. I’m not. Is that a surprise? I hope not. Nothing makes me feel this more than when EB says ‘You’re not being nice, mommy.”
One should never be that touched by what a 3-year old says but sheesh, raising this girl has proved to be well, uh…a challenge. And you know what? That DOES surprise me because I thought I would rooooock in this parenting thing. I thought that since I had so many siblings and was a nanny, babysitter, teacher and mentor to children that raising them would come fairly easy to me. Lies, y’all. All kinds of lies.
Haha, I’m finding my place in the parenting world and last week I wrote a post that received a lot of buzz. I guess when you title a post Our Marriage Was Fun Until We Had Kids, these things happen. But look – if you know anything about me, you know that I’m all about keeping it SO real when it comes to publicly talking about parenting. I am not the Pinterest mama who will provide you with craft suggestions. I don’t even like doing crafts.
But parent or not, if you want to know the truth behind kid wrangling and want to know about those topics that many parents shy away from because they don’t they are appropriate, you’ve got me. I will always talk about things like how lonely motherhood can be and the importance of talking to your children about race.
I made the mistake of reading some of the comments in those posts and people think I’m an awful person for complaining. How dare I feel anything less than love and total admiration for my children. They can suck an egg. I don’t ever want to live a life where I can’t be honest with how things make me feel, even if said things aren’t so fluffy and rainbow-filled. My pretending that life and parenting is perfect and wonderful does nothing for those that struggle. I like to use my words for good, for laughs, for insight but also for also for healing and understanding.
Make sense? I hope so. Thanks for those of you that support the mission. It means so much to me. I’ll continue sharing a few of those kind of posts here. That way when you see adorable pictures like this and videos like that, you’ll know about the OTHER side. 😎
And while we’re at it, do you mind sharing my post of book suggestions that feature Black characters? I did it in honor of Black History Month, but really I think that it’s great for kids of all backgrounds to see and learn about different races and cultures all year long. And it can start as early as infant-hood.
In the meantime, I’m hanging in there. Surviving by a sleep deprived thread, but surviving nonetheless!