Mum truths #9 with We Made This Life

mum truthsHello! And welcome to this week’s edition of mum truths where fellow guest parenting bloggers come to the floor to share truths about life as a mum. This week we have Ali from We Made This Life to share her mum truths with us…

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Hi I’m Ali, a mum to three young children and I blog about our family life at We Made This Life. We live by the sea in Wales and are renovating our forever home. Life is always busy but full of fun!

Sum up being a mum in five words….

beautiful, exhausting, scary, wonderful, relentless (wow what a mixture!).

What did you wish you knew before having children?

There’s not much that I wish I had known but I do wish I had traveled more before I had children though. Travelling is so much harder with little people.

What has been the hardest thing in motherhood for you?

I find the hardest thing is how relentless it is. You get no time off, ever. Even when I take some me-time I’m always thinking or worrying about what the children are doing without me.

When things get tough in motherhood you……

take 5 minutes. When things get too much I try to escape to another room for a little breather. I’ll lock myself in the bathroom for 5 minutes or sit on my bed for 5 minutes peace. It always works for me, the little break does wonders for my sanity!

What do you feel guilty about as mum?

Everything! Mum guilt is continuous! I feel guilty when I send them to school and they don’t want to go. I feel guilty when I get cross with them. I feel guilty when I don’t feel like I’m spending enough time with them…the list goes on!

When was the last time you lost your s*** at your child/children?

It would have been either a morning trying to get them out of the door for school or an evening trying to get them to eat their dinner. They are both stressful times of day!

What makes you feel bad as a mum?

When they are upset or ill. I hate to see them suffering when there is nothing I can really do to help them.

And what makes you feel good as a mum?

It feels amazing to see them thriving and doing well. It feels great to see them come home from school with good grades, to see little chubby wrists because you know they are eating well, to hear them be polite to someone. Little things like this make me feel like I’m doing a good job.

The universal sods law of being a mum is…..

the baby will always wake up just as you sit down!

What is the greatest lesson being a mum has taught you?

To be a nice person. I want my children to grow up to be lovely people, to be liked, to be loved and be happy. The best way to show them how to do that is to be that person myself.

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