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Tips for mums

on November 7, 2012

Today’s post is dedicated to a new friend I met recently; I suppose it was serendipity that we became friends because I’m sure her intention at that point was just to engage in small talk with me so that I do not feel out-of-place. We soon realised that we had a lot in common and yesterday’ she posted a message on Facebook because it was her mum’s death anniversary. The content of this post is not about death and all that; it is about how to make your life easier as a mum. I read the following tips somewhere and thought it might lighten your day. Here goes:

Tips for being a Happy Mum:

1. Admit that you don’t know everything.

2. Believe you know everything you need to know.

3. Surrender to the fact that you will eventually  repeat every mum cliché ever spoken.

4. Play

5. Forget “right’ and “wrong”, and aim for the happy and sane medium.

6. Remember, this too shall pass.

7. Listen more than you talk.

8. Find some perspective and hang on to it.

9. Have a drink and relax.

10. You are entitled to hate being a mum once in a while.

Thought this is not the exact list that I read; I have amended and added a few of my own. I had a laugh when I read the original list because it is so true. Don’t get fixated with what is the right thing and the worse thing you can do is to criticise other parents because you will never know when your child is going to play up and you end up suffering their fate!

I only have a mere 10 years of parenting experience but from what I have learnt and what I have observed so far; this is how I see it. Parenting is a very personal and experiential journey; every day is different and everyone does it differently. There is definitely no right or wrong way to get things done. The keynote here is: Love your children and show them in ways so that there is no doubt in their hearts that you love them. And because you love them, make sure that you have raised them in such a way that after you are gone; your legacy lives on with them.

To end this in the light note that I intended: I leave you with this e-card message; read it, believe in it, and commit it to your memory so that on the days when you feel tired or defeated; you can call upon this quote and see the lighter side of things! Enjoy your children; not everyone was given the privilege of having them.

“You can’t scare me; I’m a mum! Seen it, Smelled it, Heard it, Changed it, Cleaned it!”


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