Not All Superheroes Wear Capes

There are definite struggles when you’re a parent. Whether it’s your first child or your sixth, the worry is still there with each and every one of them. There’s a guilt that you feel that you’re not doing quite everything that you can, but you also know that you’re doing your best – even if some days you need some extra reassurance from a partner, friend, family member or even just a stranger on the internet that you’re doing brilliantly. On the hard days, it’s good to just sit, gather your thoughts for a while and think about all of the things that you’re doing on a daily basis that are absolutely awesome.

You’re Caring For Another Life

It’s hard enough taking care of yourself, but to stretch it to another person … and then potentially more if you are thinking of expanding your family … is something that should not be taken for granted, but so often is. There are those among us who don’t know if and when they’ll be able to have a child, but thankfully there are places like to help those who are unsure. It shouldn’t be a matter of waiting to hear about somebody else’s struggle to get to the point of having a child to realise that your situation is another person’s ideal, but it so often is the case. Having to take care of another little person is a massive responsibility, and those who get the privilege to do so aren’t recognised enough.

You’re Juggling Your Time

Being a parent is a full-time job. You are constantly on somebody else’s time, never your own. Children don’t specify what days they’re going to be ill, when they’re going to have a temper tantrum or what time of the day they want to be awake until. The whole day is theirs to decide, and that means that your day is theirs to decide too. It’s not like you can program them to wake up at a certain time, or be hungry at another time that is convenient for you. You have to juggle your needs and responsibilities around theirs, and you know what? You’re totally brilliant for doing that, and you’re doing a great job.

You’re A Gazillion Jobs In One

You’re not just a parent. You’re a teacher: your children will be learning so much off of you on a daily basis. You’re a nurse: when they come to you with grazed knees and snotty noses, often it’s just your cuddle that will make the whole situation better rather than a trip to the hospital. You’re a taxi: okay, so an unpaid taxi, but you’re a method of transport all the same to events that only increase as they get older … maybe chauffeur would be more appropriate? You’re an entertainer, a therapist, a chef, a cleaner, a constant in their lives that they won’t get anywhere else and so much more besides. You’re adaptable, you’re fantastic and you’ve totally got this.

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