Motherhood has been such a learning curve that no amount of parenting books, youtube videos or even other peoples experience prepares you for. You just muddle through it and learn everything along the way, which is why I thought I would share with you 5 skills that my children have helped to instil in me.
1. I can survive on a few hours sleep. I have had a number of years practice living on only a few hours of sleep where I would have a screaming baby wanting milk, a screaming toddler too lazy to pull the duvet over them (this still happens now), and a screaming husband who talks in his sleep. No sleep, no problem, just getting a lot of coffee in me will keep me going.
2. Body Confidence. Being a mum to two little girls has really made me learn to be confident and comfortable with my own body no matter what the scales say, or the number of scars I have. I even constantly have an audience whilst in the shower or bath with the girls not wanting to give me 5 minutes.
3. Multitasker. I never actually realised how good I would be at multitasking until having to dress one child while going through a number book for the other, all whilst sitting on the toilet. It seems they assume you are sitting down doing nothing so its the perfect time to ask for help.
4. Expert Briber. I always said to myself I would never use bribes, but I have to say it is the best thing. With siblings, they either fight or spur on each other to do something naughty. By promising lollies, chocolate, or even going to the park if they behave works an absolute treat, and the list of bribes is endless.
5. Managing Fear. With having children there is a constant fear at absolutely everything; ‘Stay away from the road’, ‘Don’t run by the pool’, ‘Don’t talk to strangers’. With fear, I just have to manage it the best I can. Even if I get woken up some mornings with either 1 or 2 little faces staring at me only inches away from my face.