There. I said it. So whatcha gonna do about it?
We all know being a parent is hard. Some days can be bliss but other days can be downright hard. Today was one of those days here. It was like the kids were on some kind of mission to do every single thing they could to annoy me. And I really did not like them one little bit. Here's how our day went just so you can see where I'm coming from:
The kids discovered the 10 or so sauce bottles left over from a fundraising BBQ we'd had for our ABA group and proceeded to open and empty out every.single.bottle into the container of wheat we keep for the chooks. I didn't discover this until they came round the book filthy dirty and I smelt the sauce on them. Cue screaming banshee Mother. Actually, I thought I was remarkably composed compared to what I normally am. I have been known to completely lose my cool and smack (yes I know - I'm not particularly proud of this fact either. It's not really the way I want to parent!) This time there was a fair bit of yelling and then I sent the kids off to their rooms so I could have time to calm down.
At lunchtime, the kids took great pleasure making towers with their crockery and cutlery and letting the towers crash to the ground. This also involved lots of yelling and shouting while I tried to get Gideon to sleep.
Jacob managed to get the food for his sea monkeys wet and crushed up the packet on purpose. When I told him that he wouldn't have any food for his sea monkeys and that they were going to die he screamed at me. Huh? Why am I the bad guy when he was the one who crushed up the packet?!
Next on the 'annoy Mummy to bits list' was flinging clean washing from the basket around the couches and then proceeding to drop the basket off the couch onto Gideon's head while they jumped around the couches.
Later that afternoon, I found the kids outside again squeezing out the sauce bottles they had already taken the lids off. They had also painted the car with said sauce as well. Seriously, what is with that? They got in so much trouble for doing this before and then they do it again?!
After that they used the shade sail over their wading pool as a convenient 'slide' to put anything they could get their hands on down (watering can, buckets, outside toys, dustpan, you name it!) This would have been fine apart from the fact that there is a slope with metre tall blackberries at the end of it and we had to retrieve it all from the blackberries.
When Chris arrived home we discovered that the kids had been digging in his pots of carnivorous plants and pulled out/destroyed an entire pot (we've already covered most of the pots with cloth so they can't do this!) Very mad Daddy here.
So, you can see, we've had a super day here ;)
You're probably wondering why I'm writing this post. I guess it's to point out that being a parent is damn hard work sometimes. We don't have to pretend that every day is awesome and that we love being a parent. Because sometimes it's not. Sometimes I don't like being a parent. And sometimes I don't like my kids at all. But regardless of what my kids do, I still love them. I may not like what they do sometimes but at the end of the day, I love them and I love being their Mother. Now I think I shall go and look at my peaceful, sleeping kids so I can remember them that way ;)