So each morning I arrive outside the school classroom (Little A has started Prep) and see happy, smiling faces from children and parents alike. Do I look like this? I don’t know, maybe I do but I definitely don’t feel like it! Inside I am stressed and tired and it’s not even 9am. My busy day stretches out in front of me and I need coffee. Up until baby number 3 I didn’t even drink coffee, now that tells you something!
No matter how early I set my alarm it’s a rush to get us all into the car and to school on time. How will we ever manage when I’m back at work?
My mornings consist of breastfeeding, getting breakfast for all three kids and myself, getting more breakfast and more again for Little A and Little S (seriously how much Weet-Bix can one child eat?!), getting everybody dressed, hair perfected in the daily changing requests, teeth brushed, lunch packed, bags and hats ready to go and off we go. Sounds simple but throw in “I’m afraid to go upstairs by myself, I can’t dress myself, I don’t want that breakfast/that underwear/those clothes/ those shoes/ that hairstyle – whatever! Little S currently can’t stand her car seat or the car in general and screams. It’s 8.30am and already 30C. We’re finally in the car and there’s more fighting and crying, then traffic and parking.
Finally we arrive at school, I’m sweating and exhausted but everyone else looks calm. My three year old has screamed from the car to the classroom as she doesn’t want to walk and doesn’t like her assigned seat in the double pram. Parents give me pitying smiles as I pass.
All it takes is one conversation with another mum to realise I’m not alone! Another mum reaches out – “how’s your morning?” I talk about stress and bad behaviour and she smiles because she knows. She may as well have come from my house as hers is the same.
Thankfully I realise I’m not alone, my family aren’t crazy and hopefully my neighbours don’t judge me too much!
Reach out to other mums (and dads), let them know they are not alone – we are all battling the craziness of family and kids.