I have been single parenting FULL-TIME for nearly 2 years now. It has been the most difficult lifestyle that I have ever and will ever encounter…..that’s doubtful, but it’s been tough. I feel sorry for myself. I mean, violins and New Orleans melancholy bands and all. Though parenting is a Blessing, there are quite a few hardships we face. Here are 7 of them….
1.) Children have no chill button…they cannot be slowed down or turned off all of the time, when we want them to.
2.) They talk….when you do not feel like giving a response.
3.) That migraine that you have may have been induced by some psychedelic over the top, bright cartoon colors, or that sound barrier breaking screech that they release into the atmosphere….near your eardrum.
4.) I can relate to the mom on “The Amazing World of Gumball”, when she is angry, more times than I can count.
5.) It is not a matter of “maybe”. They WILL frustrate you to the point of tears.
6.) If I am annoyed with my child, I will not think yours is cute. Do not fish for a compliment. (talking about the falsely child obsessed mom, in front of me at the grocery store, who thinks her kid is doing something cute, and nearly gets offended when I ignore it and continue to look at the “Women’s daily” magazine while waiting to be checked out.) Shoot, if we are having a great day, your children may be oblivious to me. My thinking: “We see eye to eye today…nothing is going to ruin this!” I get tunnel vision.
7.) Children are some scary little things. “Mommy! Johnny puked all over the floor at school!” Me: “DO NOT…WALK THROUGH MY HOME WITH THOSE SHOES, PUT YOUR BACK PACK AT THE DOOR, AND GO JUMP IN THE SHOWER!” (Followed by everything getting sprayed down with a whole can of Lysol) ” How close were you to the puke, how many feet, inches? What was the circumference and radius of the vomit? Was it chunky? Was it smooth?” <Parents have no chill button either>