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Sarah - posted on 01/12/2013 ( 8 moms have responded )

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My mother always said being a parent is the hardest job.....I do not find it hard. I enjoy being a mother. Unlike my parents I will listen to my child instead of thinking she needs to be punished for every little thing. It's not hard unless you make it hard. [there are exceptions though...thing you cannot control.] but that's my ranting

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Holly - posted on 01/16/2013

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You'll change your tune... Every single year it gets harder. I enjoy the hell out of it and find it to be super rewarding but every single year it does get harder. I started out super easy but as they get older and you add more well things complicate. Not saying it's bad at all but the first time your child is looking at your eyes in terror because they are vomiting uncontrollably and you can't help them aside from comforting words. Or when you drop you child off for surgery and you have to sign something saying you acknowledge that they could die. Well you will realize it is indeed hard... not a traditional hard but it'll make you age faster every single time something like this happens way. Doesn't take away from that it's one hell of a ride though. I just now know why my mother had grey hair so young.

S. - posted on 01/15/2013

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@Michelle the teenage years are the WORST :( I swear my older is embarrassed by me for no reason, she talks to me and everyone else around her like crap and NEVER knows what she is doing. I can not wait for her to turn back into the child I brought up again instead of well .... a teenager. Give me babies any day!
@gina I am sorry to say it gets worst. Damn hormones!

Gina - posted on 01/15/2013

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OMG! Tell me about it! I have 2 daughters,ages 7 and 3 and I'm constantly pulling at my hair to get them on the same page as me. My 3 yr old has such a strong personality already that it's a contant stuggle. She's hit that stage where "she can do it herself" no matter what it is and has a melt down if I even think of offering her any help at all,lol. And my 7 yr old thinks she's goin on 17- with the attitude to match...She and I were both on the verge of tears just a few nights ago because she adimently(sp) refused to eat her dinner!

It's not always this bad, most days are great, we just want you to be aware that not everyday will be rainbows and sunshine. Some things are goin to be a fight,there just no way around it.LOL

Michelle - posted on 01/13/2013

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That doesn't mean that you will find it easy. When you children hit their pre-teen and teenage years, everything that you thought you were doing right goes out the window.

With a 4 month old, parenting isn't hard, it's when they get older and find that they can talk back and have an opinion that it gets hard. You always have to be 1 step in front of the kids to try and stop the attitude before it takes hold.

S. - posted on 01/13/2013

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Sarah it is so true that we learn by our parents mistakes now there's no way I bring my kids up the way I was. We also learn by other people's and we also learn by our own mistakes too. I don't think any of us get it 100% right we just have to try our best.

Sarah - posted on 01/13/2013

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Well my daughter is only roughly 4 months. But I am not out to be just her friend. What I am meaning is. I do not want my child feeling left out all the time like my parents made me feel. I am not saying it's always going to be easy, but my parents were super strict. They made being a parent hard on themselves by being really hateful. I was literally alone all the time cause my parents couldn't tolerate the immaturity of kids. But my meaning is I will do more for my daughter then what has been done for me. I do not want her to ever feel like I did. That's my point.

S. - posted on 01/13/2013

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When I had my 1st at 19 I use to think exactly the same! Now she's 13 and teenager it's a totally different story and now I'm 32 with 3 kids its a different story too. I love being a mother but sometimes it IS the hardest job In the world and Michelle is 100% right it is the most thankless and the most rewarding job.

Michelle - posted on 01/13/2013

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How old is your child?

It may not seem hard now but it will get harder. You sound like me when I was a teen and fighting with my parents. You always say: "I'm going to be the best parent and be my childs best friend"

Yeah, reality hits and you realize that your parents did a good job.

ETA: I say parenting is the most thankless but rewarding job. It's tough because it's 24/7 for the rest of your life!

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