The first major horizon is the birth, looming in the future as a life-changing event. After that, in the early weeks and months, each hurdle or milestone races by until suddenly your baby is starting preschool. It isn’t long until ‘big’ school approaches, and in this phase the real meaning of hard work begins to dawn. For some, it may be years since you’ve had a really satisfying sleep and for others, a relaxing hour or two reading a book or catching up with friends may be a distant memory. It’s become a bit of a cliché to say that parents must make time for themselves in order to be better parents, and yet amidst the never-ending hard slog of daily parenting, we sure need it!
* From Being Mummy by Anne‑marie Taplin
Last updated 01 May 2013.
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I push her on the swing, back and forth, back and forth. The creaking chains mirror my body complaining under the strain but persisting, determined to fulfil its role. I remember a day when pushing a swing was tedious...
Being a parent
is a bit like riding an express train, don't you think?
Hurtling from one day to the next, sometimes it feels like time just rushes by.
Parenting can be exhilarating, joyful, bittersweet, maddening or exhausting – sometimes a combination of all these emotions in one day! And then our babies leave home, flee the nest… it can be devastating, a blessed relief or both!
Parenting can also erode our sense of ourselves as creative people. Although a labour of love, raising children can be monotonous and isolating,
...that’s why we all need to express ourselves.
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