An A-Z of moments that make being a parent worth it

being a parent worth it

Being a parent is TOUGH. Why do we all do it?, we wonder…and then why do we continue to do it multiple times over? Well amidst the carnage, chaos and challenges of parenting are many, many sweet moments that raise us up and keep us strong through the tough times. Here – in a tribute to those moments – fellow bloggers unite in an A-Z of moments that make being a parent totally worth it.

A for Arrivals:

When you first meet your baby! Nine months of waiting and finally they’re here!! And more beautiful than you could ever imagine. – Emily from A Slummy Mummy

B for Bond:

I love seeing my boys playing together and cackling like best friends. It’s an amazing bond they have. – Maria from Suburban Mum

C for Cuddles

Because those squeezes last thing at night make every parenting stress disappear. – Natalie from The Waitress, The Chef & Our Brood

D for Daddy

After a long day with the girls, when daddy comes home and they run to the door our team is back together and I feel I can take on the world. – Laura from Dear Bear and Beany

E for Emotion

They have the ability to reduce you to tears one moment and make you laugh or swell with pride the next all in the space of minutes. – Clare from Emmy’s Mummy

F for First smile

When you’ve had a pretty exhausting day on your own, but then you get yourfirst smile off your baby and suddenly everything is ok again. – Alex from Lamb and Bear


G is for Giggle

The first time you hear them giggle it melts your heart and make all that was wrong ok. – Jessica from Beauties and The Bibs

H for Hand Holding

From those first days were they grip your finger to the days when you think they are too big and they suddenly grab your hand – Sarah from Boo Roo And Tigger Too

I for I love you

When they say I love you mama! simply the best! – Aby from You Baby Me Mummy

J for Jokes

Because toddlers and children have a unique sense of humour. Which makes them comedy gold! – Lizzie from First Tooth

K for Kiss

Because all it takes is a snotty peck on the lips from your little one to disperse any anger, annoyance or frustration. – Dave from The Dadventurer

L for Love

Because whenever I look at him and feel that love all my worries fade! – Lauren from Trainee Blogger And Mother

M for Matriach

You don’t understand how much you rock as a woman in till you’ve had kids and nailed a really tough day! – Laura from The Unsung Mum

N for Nailing potty training

For poo and potty training are a parent’s worst nightmare. – Emma from The Cheshire Wife

O for Oh let’s wake them up again!

Because no matter how hard a day it’s been, whenever I watch them sleep I miss them like crazy and want to wake them up again! – Leslie from Messy Blog

P for Pride

… when you see them change and develop. I love the buzz. – Steph from Mental Parentals

Q for Questions

When they learn to talk, so many questions, so much to explore and learn, it truly is a magical time listening to them soak up so much new knowledge. – Sadie from Tiaras and Welly Boots

R for Required

Since becoming a mum, I’ve learnt what it really feels like to be 100% needed by someone. Like inside out, head to toe really needed. And as tiring as it sometimes might be, it feels wonderful to have these little people depending on me every single day. – Liz from Hart of the Munckin Patch

T for Touch

When as babies they come to climb and touch you. Because they want to be with you and close. – Clare from Mumsy Midwife

U for Unconditional Love

I think even when you are feeling your loneliest as a parent you can be safe in the knowledge that your kids will always be there when you need them. – Chantelle from Mama Mummy Mum

V for Vision

I found that my vision of everything changed when I became a mum. Kids have a way of making you look at life with a completely new set of eyes! – Liz from Hart of The Munchkin Patch

W for Wine

and sitting down at the end of the day with some! – Fran of Whinge Whine Wine

X for X-ceptional awe

Although they can drive you absolutely CRAZY, there are also just as many moments when you sit there totally in awe of the little person or people you have made and the things that they can do and say. – Talya from Motherhood: The Real Deal

Y for Yes it’s mummy!

That moment when you haven’t seen them all day and you come home or collect them only to see that incredible look of mad excitement and surprise of yes! it’s mummy! never fails to get me. If only you could bottle it! – Talya from Motherhood: The Real Deal

Z for Zzzzzzz

Because whatever they do to drive you mental during the day, they will always look adorable when they’re asleep! – Lucy of The Parent Game

What moments would you add to the above list?

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  1. This is a great way for sharing some blog love:). Love the alphabet style, this list of moments probably just about covers all of them;). I will def go trough the posts..(but need a bit more time:)

  2. Such a cool post!

    I’m definitely guilty of ‘oh, their asleep let’s wake them up’! I spend all day praying for a 2 hour nap but then when it happens I miss him so much

    #coolmumclub xxx

  3. What a fab idea for a post! It’s made me quite emotional too. It’s so important to stop and remember so many reasons why being a mum is the biggest privilege we’ll ever have….in amongst the chaos of every day life. Thanks Talya for such a great reminder and to all the ace contributors too. #coolmumclub X

  4. Aww I love this, sums everything up perfectly. Parenting is hard but all these moments make it totally worth it xx #coolmumclub

  5. awww this is so sweet, I loved reading it. you are so right these moments make parenthood worth it even though we are yet to nail a few because my baby still isn’t potty trained #coolmumclub

  6. Oh absolutely to all of these. However cray-cray they drive us, the good by FAR outweighs the bad..
    Sending a huge #coolmumclub HIgh Five, getting excited about our blogfest catch up! xx

  7. This made me really smile, thank you. I would say that the giggles is my number 1 thing. Right from being teeny tiny, to a little lady at 4 years old- the giggles get me every time, and I think they always will. #CoolMumClub

  8. This is such a fab post, I’ve heard it said being a parent is the hardest job you’ll love, so true. I love watching my two play like besties, running up for hugs and cuddles, I just love watching them sleep – but hell yes they can drive me to distraction – but they are all mine!!!!

  9. Aww love it. It is the little moments that make it all worth while. The worst day is forgotten after a cuddle and a cute I love you. Or when you see them sleeping! #coolmumclub

  10. I love this! It’s nice to read something positive that highlights all the goodness of being a parent! #coolmumclub

  11. I love this list! Such a gorgeous reminder of all the little moments that parenthood absolutely magical. The last one in particular – that moment when you look at them fast asleep at the end of the day and you find yourself wondering what on earth you were getting so wound up about earlier anyway. The moment when Daddy comes home is one of my favourites too – partly because you have a second pair of hands but also I love seeing the joy on the girls’ faces when they see Daddy. Beautiful post. #coolmumclub

  12. So lovely to capture the special bits in this way. The hand-holding is number one for me. I still squeak when a little hand reaches out for mine. Thanks for hosting lovely xx #coolmumclub

  13. Love this, isn’t it funny how even though these are thoughts from different parents we all feel the same, beautiful x #CoolMumClub

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