There are some days when I feel like I really have my life together. I will be on top of the housework and will come up with cute activities for Little Knight to do. We’ll play all day and I’ll get a healthy tea cooked for when Mr Knight finishes work. After Little Knight goes to bed I’ll get a good workout in before we relax in front of the telly.
And then there are the days when getting dressed feels like an achievement. Little Knight will throw her food on the floor and I’ll be so exhausted from being up with her in the night that I’ll just let the dirty plates pile up. I make several cups of tea throughout the the day but probably drink just half of one. I take a pizza and waffles from the freezer and throw them in the oven for tea.
But that’s ok, isn’t it?
These days used to get me down and make me feel like I was doing a rubbish job but now I keep telling myself that you can’t be ‘perfect parent’ everyday. It’s just not going to happen. Children are hard work. And I only have one! I just need to accept this and try to strike a balance. Give myself a break!
Next time you’re having a not-so-great day, try not to get frustrated and just accept it for what it is.
There are a few things I do to try and make the harder days more bearable.
- When I can I try to prepare some food for the freezer so that I have back up options when I don’t have the time/energy to cook. For example if I have some vegetables that need using up I throw them together, call it ‘Winter Soup’ and chuck it in the freezer.
- I have a list of different activities saved in my phone for when I need inspiration. For example, cornflour dough or the bubble machine.
- When Little Knight has a nap, I grab a hot drink and watch Modern Family. Forget the housework for a day and just look after myself.
- When the weather permits, just get outside. 10 minutes in the fresh air can make such a difference.
Please make me feel better about serving frozen waffles and tell me I’m not the only one! Do you struggle to strike a balance?
Thanks for reading,
Knight Mummy x