Everything is perfect


I saw one of those “quotes of the day” on Facebook the other day that read: “When I’m with Mummy everything is perfect.” I groaned and probably made a gagging face.

I must have had five or six conversations this week, with different Mums, about feeling guilty about not “doing enough” with their second, third or in one case, fifth child. We have access to millions of things our own parents didn’t: toddler groups, soft play, messy play, swimming, kids mornings at the cinema, craft ideas on Pinterest, baby music classes, sensory classes, sign language for babies, football for toddlers, rugby for toddlers, oh I could go on for eternity.

But the result of these wonderful itineraries are the perfect images of childhood and parenting that we see on social media, and the horrible feeling that everyone else is stimulating their child so much more than we are because we’re knee deep in laundry (literally) or trying to sort the bathroom cabinet out or matching up tupperware lids or bagging up old clothes or rearranging the toy storage or rustling up food and snacks fifteen times a day or looking for lost keys.

All I could think about was that silly Facebook quote and how suddenly it made sense. I think the little ones just want us to step away from Facebook and Pinterest, put our phones down* and smile happily into their little faces as they find a bug on the floor or they master a new karate chop on their brother.

I have touched on this before in my post “Lazy Pig”. But as half term looms, and my only solid plan is to visit Poundland for party supplies for BUB.2’s fifth birthday party next weekend (I dream big), I am going to remember that silly little Facebook quote and try to hold on to the fact that children aren’t looking around wondering why Clara is fluent in French or Luke plays junior badminton or Minnie has stronger collection of googly eyes and fuzzy pipe cleaners in her craft drawer.

They’re just looking at Mummy looking at her phone and wishing she was looking at them.

*Without my phone I would go mad, MAD, I tell you. I just should probably hold onto it for dear life a little less.

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  2 comments for “Everything is perfect

  1. June 13, 2016 at 6:52 pm

    Yes, they certainly want our time and attention and even as teenagers they do. When my girls were toddlers, we didn’t have mobile phones – that makes me sound SO old! No Facebook or Twitter to distract us, but equally, there wasn’t the same pressure to be constantly doing things with them and then to do those things better and then EVEN better, because someone else did it better than that! The worst we had to deal with was Gina Ford and I think she’s still floating around too, so you even have to deal with GF angst ON TOP of Pinterest, or PISS as I call it: PInterest Stress Syndrome. Hang on in there! You’re all doing a great job 🙂 Alison x #AnythingGoes

    • Lisa
      June 14, 2016 at 8:35 pm

      GF angst! Love it. I ignore her completely. And Pinterest terrifies me. Thanks for reading! x

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