Tales From A Twin Mom:
A Not-So-Perfect Mother on Mother’s Day
As Mother’s Day approaches, I can’t help but get a little emotional. Not because I am a mother, or because in an attempt to make me breakfast in bed, the kids trash the kitchen in a way that would make a professional housekeeper cry, but because it has been (and still is) a very strange journey. Strange. Yes, you read that correctly. It’s strange because at one point in time, I thought I had this all figured out. I knew exactly how I was going to raise my children. I had a list of things written down in my crazy little head about what I would never be caught doing. My kids would be well behaved, and they would verbalize everything. No need for tantrums or crazy fits. I would quietly whisper “use your words” in a Mary Poppins tone and they would do just that. I didn’t think that it would be very hard. It was just a matter of persistence and patience. Why some parents out there accepted fits and screams was beyond me! I was going to be the perfect mother. My children would love me all through childhood, and think I was the coolest mother during their adolescence. As young adults, they would come to me for guidance and a hug. It was going to be grand.
Oh, what an awakening I’ve had during the years. I have four children now, and not one has been raised the same way. Some accepted time outs, while others have given me smirks when they’re punished. The preschool/toddler years were a complete blur to me. I’m just lucky I survived, and they are still mentally sound-or so I hope. To my surprise, I was not considered the coolest mother during my eldest’s teenage years. There were no hugs or long conversations that led to sharing my wisdom about life. There was, however, a lot of eye rolling, mumbling under the breath and door slamming. I also remember some “You just don’t get it!” screams, selective hearing and oh yes, how can I forget the fact that I had raised a genius? Yep, he knew everything about everything. What more could I have asked for?
Here are the top 4 things that didn’t quite turn out the way I pictured it: