The Raw Side of Parenting

This week has been a challenging one, you guys.  Not for any particular reason other than the fact that parenting is just so damn hard sometimes.  Being a parent means that sometimes you will give all of your effort, love, commitment, dedication and courage, only to have it thrown back in your face by the very children that you hold so dear.  That’s not to say that there aren’t beautiful, blissful moments filled with laughter and love, because those moments are there (and they are there a lot; no cause for alarm folks!).  But the rough patches that we all go through with our kids is so incredibly challenging.

There is an emotional battle between our overwhelming love for our kids, and our need to guide and protect them, instill morals and values, and uphold the rules of the household, while our lovely darlings resist and challenge us every step of the way.

Parenting is as difficult as it is rewarding, as challenging as it is fun.  It is confusing, unpredictable, incredible and bizarre.  And sometimes it is just raw.


32 thoughts on “The Raw Side of Parenting

  1. And with every passing year, it gets harder because you know that the kid is one year closer to flying the nest. My 13 year old’s academic year ended yesterday, and I have not been able to stop hugging her because…

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  2. Trust me it is do worth it. My eldest daughter was a nightmare at times but she was never boring. I just had to learn to keep one step in front of her all the time. Now her younger sister was the complete opposite a little angel 😇

    If I could have one wish it would be to have just one day back with them when they were around Three and Five. My eldest daughter has two boys and my youngest a girl and a boy. I can’t believe how much harder boys are. I liken them To puppies 🐶 always rolling around.

    Motherhood is hard work but so rewarding too. 😇


    1. When I wrote that, I really just needed someone to talk to. But I so rarely get any adult interaction, so I needed to write to get it out! I felt so much better once I did. It’s so much better than keeping it all in. (I also had a good talk with my kids, and we had lots of hugs, so that helped too!).

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  3. So true. Totally agree. I think once we become parents we get this extraordinary strength that allows us to function without sleep, love unconditionally and protect that little miracle till our last day.
    My mum always said that no mater how old I am, I’ll always be her little girl and I start to understand this just now when I am a parent as well

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  4. As A mom to three young kids I cant agree more, some days I really have no idea how i’ll survive! Some days like today i spend more time yelling than I like and the toddler and the baby spend more time crying than i like, but we make it to bedtime each day and i know i am so very blessed and I love those three little people more than i ever could have imagined i could love someone!

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    1. I share your thoughts and feelings exactly. 🙂 I find that all the emotions and feelings that go along with motherhood are so much more intense than with any other aspect of life. When things are good, they are heartwarmingly wonderful; when things are hard, they are crushingly difficult. It is like nothing I have ever experienced before! ❤


  5. Thank you for this post. I am the happy mom; that’s what my kids have called me with all of my happy stuff but today was not one of those days. I experienced the very thing that you mentioned; my son and I had a big disagreement and it left me very sad. I have been trying so hard to guide them the best I knew how but I seems that it has only made him miserable; not my intent. This whole going to college thing is driving us all batty. I know tomorrow will be better, or maybe the next day but for right now 😦

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    1. It sounds like you are at a very different stage in parenting than I am, but it also sounds like all the emotions are still exactly the same. It hurts when our children hurt. To be honest, that was not something I ever expected in parenting. ❤

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  6. Hey, I just found your blog and this is the first things I read – I’ll definitely be checking out more of your writing. My son is still very young (9months) but what you wrote resonated with me in a way. He’s just started having tantrums when he doesn’t get to eat my i-phone cord or if I don’t let him tear down the drapes and I know this is not the type of thing you were talking about but it resonated with me nonetheless. I’ve felt rejected by my baby before and resentful and a whole host of other emotions I didn’t expect. Anyway thanks for this.

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    1. When I write, I always wonder if people will be able to relate to what I’m saying, especially when it comes to the challenges of parenting. Being a mom brings up more emotions (confusing as well as wonderful) than any other experience in life. I remember when my kids were 9 months old. It was a very sweet stage, but also incredibly frustrating at times. I totally get what you are saying. Thanks for reading and for taking the time to comment. 🙂

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      1. I can relate and I love that I am not the only one that feels raising tiny humans is hard. I think we need to suport each other as women and mothers more. Too often when it comes to parenting choices and experiences women judge each other.

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