Some Days Parenting Looks Like This

Today is B’s birthday. Instead of it being a lovely family day with nice surprises for Daddy along the way, he sits in a coffee shop somewhere while I have just about managed to stop myself from crying because I  was almost at the point of hyperventilating. Why? Because A wouldn’t eat her breakfast or her lunch or listen to a single word we said. Because frustration had reached a pinnacle and B and I bounced off each other making our anger and desperation worse. A is now fast asleep, down for a nap, while I sit in her room focusing my thoughts on this blog post. Today, this is what parenting looks like for me.

Parenting frustration
My eyes are sore from crying so much and my chest is tight. I haven’t cried so hard in years.

I’ve cried so hard because I’m tired, I’m hormonal and because I feel horrendously guilty for shouting and letting my frustrations take over.

We don’t have many days like this but frustration is my biggest hatred when it comes to parenting. We rarely give ourselves credit for still being new parents. Every new thing A learns, we’re learning too. She’s learning how to deal with the world around her and we’re learning to deal with her. We finding our feet being Momma and Papa Bear and some days are fricking hard. So hard that we forget to give each other credit for how good we actually are.

‘She’s only three,’ tends to be my go to line when I try to reign in my frustration and feelings of parental inadequacy but how many times can we play the same old tune before one or two chords snap.

I’ll admit that both B and myself have dealt with our fair share of frustration today and I often wondered if we’d get to a stage where we can’t take it anymore. I’ve been approved for a year maternity leave from my job and B admitted today that he’s worried about how I’ll cope with A and a baby when he sees my frustration levels rise like they have today.

Well, I have to admit that that felt like the biggest punch in the throat. Do I come across like a completely incapable parent? Am I prone to days like this? Lord knows I’m not. But I’m not going to say that it’ll never happen again. Today is one of those days when no one has listened to anyone. A ignores us and we fail to notice what she needs or wants. Does that make us bad parents or A a bad child? Hell no, but that doesn’t stop me from feeling like shit.

Shit for shouting at my daughter. Shit for trying (and failing) a timeout with her. Shit for questioning whether I’m a good mum or not. Shit for blaming myself for ruining B’s birthday.

It doesn’t stop me from feeling like some days are harder than others. It doesn’t stop me from wanting to run away and wish that I was in a coffee shop somewhere sipping a Dark Mocha (to be fair he’s picking up his mother who’s coming out with us for dinner for B’s birthday but left a smidge early. If it was me I’d get a coffee too).

So, here I am sitting in the semi dark while my daughter, who I hope is too young to understand my frustrations and anger, dreams of Shining Armour and Twilight Sparkle.

All I can really say, is that some days are F**king hard. Frustration is such a f**ker but I’m not going to berate myself for feeling it or not yet knowing how to deal with it.

Today has started out that way. So, I’ll go clean up my face, wipe away these tears.

When A wakes up, we’ll start again and forget this morning.

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13 Comments

  1. Some days are a bitch and recently every Saturday has been one for me. What is life if y our days off work suck? ?!! It will pass x you are right to write though. Xx

    1. That’s how we feel since we miss our little one so much when we’re at work. We live for the weekend to be with her and don’t want to miss anything. But we’d gladly miss these tantrums and mood swings 🙂

  2. Sorry you’re having a tough day. It’s not been a good one here either. I just took the baby out in the sling for a walk to get a break. You’ll find your own way of coping when you’re on maternity leave. This time of the year is much harder I find. I hope the rest of the evening is a big improvement for you.

    1. I can’t wait for my maternity leave to be with my two kids but I’ll admit, days like this will definitely make it harder and I know they will happen. The rest of the weekend was actually really nice. We were probably all in such a horrible mood and bounced off each other but isn’t that what family life is like 🙂

  3. I am well past the toddler days but still get days like this! I tend to take the disagreements personally & let them get in on me, whereas my husband can just brush it off. I am learning to move on though.

    1. Absolutely and I’ll be honest, we’ve had some brilliant day since then. It was “one of those days” were we all seemed to bounce off each other and make each other cry 🙂 We’re all allowed bad days and sometimes its easy to forget that even toddlers have bad days

  4. Oh honey I am totally with you but its impossible to not be frustrated at times, especially when tired, especially when you try everything you know how to do and littles still don’t make sense, some days nothing works and everything fails but that doesn’t mean you are failing as a parent. My son is almost six and I still have a what the shit days and cry, mainly cause I feel guilty that I have got frustrated and shouted. Its hard then juggling feelings of OH etc. But you care enough to cry, to write a post, to start new day fresh. You are doing amazing xx Thank you for linking up to #KCACOLS We hope to see you next Sunday x

    1. Ah thank you so much jade. I’ve had a few close calls similar to that day since then and I’ve had to remember how I felt sitting on the chair writing this post. I cried ore from the fact that I felt horrendously guilty and sorry for taking my frustrations out on A. She’s such a good kid, she didn’t deserve that.

  5. We all have these days, we just have to learn to be a little kinder to ourselves. I know this is easier said than done because today I have been there. I became that shouty mum and then spent the rest of the day trying to get past the guilt! Parenting is so hard! #KCACOLS

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