Being a Mum is hard. It can be absolutely exhausting, both physically and emotionally. There are periods where our children are absolutely gorgeous and well behaved. Periods where they sleep well, eat what we give them and give us endless joy.
But there are also periods when they are just plain hard work.
So what has gotten me through all the difficult periods?
I repeat the following mantra to myself over and over again:
This too shall pass
Repeating these words to myself keeps me sane.
The periods where my son is constantly upset, cranky and hard to manage can last anywhere from days to weeks on end. I want to bang my head against the wall.
But it is just a phase. He is busy growing and developing. Everything new he is learning can be overwhelming for his little brain and this is just him acting out. This too shall pass.
The periods where my son refuses to nap, refuses to sleep at night or wakes up at 4am can feel like an eternity. I feel sleep deprived, emotional and at my wits end. My back kills me from rocking and patting him. I snap at my husband. I canít get anything done. I feel that neither of us has slept in months.
But it is just a phase. His little body is growing, his teeth are coming in and he is afraid when I leave him. This too shall pass.
The periods where my son just cries and cries for no apparent reason, which causes me to cry and cry alongside him, as all I want to do is make him feel better and I canít. He wonít let me leave his side but nothing I do seems to work. We are both completely frustrated.
But it is just a phase. He is suffering from separation anxiety and the world around him is just plain scary. This too shall pass.
Throughout all the challenges I have already faced as a Mum, and for all the challenges that I will surely face in the future, I hold onto this mantra like a babyís fist holds an outstretched hand. Because I know that for every period of challenge, of sleep deprivation and massive tantrums, there will be longer periods where my son is happy and settled. These are the moments that make being Mum so unbelievably incredible and worth it.
So next time you are feeling overwhelmed and upset, remember these words. This too shall pass. I hope it helps you as much as it helps me!
Do you have a mantra which gets you through the difficult parenting moments? Please share in the comments, we would love to hear it!