It's confession time.
Don't get me wrong, I love being a mum. I've always wanted to be one and I'm delighted that I have two adorable children who I love dearly.
However, in the last few years I've learned that motherhood isn't all smiles and rainbows. Sometimes, it's pretty hard!
Sometimes, it's just about survival, about getting through the day with you, and your kids, in one piece.
Here are my 5 facts about Motherhood that you didn't expect:
1. Sometimes motherhood is boring.
It can just be so mundane to do the same thing day in day out. Of course my two children are not boring themselves (oh no!) but the daily menial tasks of parenthood can be.
For example, I never thought it possible to have to do a load of laundry every day for possibly the rest of my life.
I confess, I find some aspects of parenting very, very, very boring.
2. Sometimes I don't share.
Yes, sometimes I eat my food in another room to the kids so that I don't have to share it with them. Yes, I'm talking about chocolate.
That's not to say I don't feed my kids. Trust me, they are both very well fed and occasionally have chocolate themselves. But they are NOT welcome to my chocolate. Not all the time, anyway.
3. Sometimes I do share.
Um, by eating their chocolate. I promise this is when they've had too much though or the treat isn't appropriate for them!
Yes, sometimes I eat chocolate or treats that people have bought for my daughter.
I hope our friends aren't reading this.
4. Sometimes I tell white lies at dinner time.
For example, when my daughter won't eat the dinner I have lovingly prepared for her, I pretend to call her best friend's mum and then I tell my daughter that her little friend is eating the same thing and loves it. For some reason that does the trick and she's soon munching away!
At some point, she's going to be old enough to ask her friend the next day what she had for dinner, but this is working for me now!
5. Sometimes I tell white lies before bedtime.
Sometimes, if she's clearly over tired but won't go to bed because she wants to watch telly, as soon as Ben and Holly is finished at 6.45p.m. I quickly grab the remote and turn the telly off, saying that was the last program on until tomorrow.
Who watches Sean the stupid sheep anyway?!
Another example: If she refuses to clean her teeth, I tell her they'll turn yellow. But this is kind of true? Right?
I mean, I don't think the above makes me a bad mum? Just a slightly crafty one perhaps!
Have you got any parenting confessions to make?
Or, um, any survival tips?!
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