Should children be grateful to mums?

I had a sudden memory of me railing at my mother many years ago probably as a sullen teenager.

“You can’t expect me to be grateful. I did not ask to be born and I did not ask you to adopt me. You did it because you wanted to”.

I stood outside school this afternoon watching children with their offerings for their mums for Mothering Sunday. Bags with little gifts and very individual cards. Some brandished them with pride and others had them hidden ready to “surprise” Mum on Sunday.

Ah yes, Mothers’ Day the one day of the year when it is possible although by no means guaranteed for Mum to be put first.

I get my mum more now that I am one.

I think most of us sign up for the motherhood deal not really knowing what it entails and then some of us just have sex and go “Oops” when the penny drops that there is a bun in the oven. Or maybe I just hope that is the case or else I am up for the worst mum in the world award.

Maybe it is just me but there are some aspects of being a mum I do not like one bit.

Having to be vigilant about the children all the time so that you really don’t have time to care for yourself too.

The parenting police and constant research surveys telling you loud and clear you are doing it all wrong.

The way that ear wax can appear in ears and stains on jumpers seconds before the school run begins.

The way you constantly have to remind them what should be pretty basic like “Please flush the loo” and “If you could clean your teeth, it would make Mum really happy”

The obsessions with all things gaming that I get approximately not at all.

The things you find under sofas and drawers

The monotony of school runs

Looking back, I have this sepia image of myself as a good girl. The sins I admit to are ..

Hiding poo in a wardrobe once – yes really.

Ironing the stairs for mum and leaving the iron there so that my Mum fell down and had a bad arm for life as a result

Obsessions with stamp and doll collections.

Breaking two valuable ornaments and gluing them together and painting them with a kid’s paint set to hide my crime

Moodiness – some things never change!

Not introducing Mum to friends at Cambridge. I did not mean anything by this but it hurt her.

Dear Mum

You took on someone else’s baby when you were in middle-age and could have given yourself a much easier ride.

You said on your deathbed you had spent too much time cleaning. As you know, I feel this already.

You cooked the most amazing meals on a daily basis.

You went out and cleaned for other people so that I could have little treats.

You always bought me a gift after dental appointments.

You told me I would never be lonely so long as I continued to read books.

You taught me to aspire.

You fought my corner however powerful the authority figure.

You introduced me to Cointreau on the Rocks.

You were amazing and it might be a little late but I hope you know that whether I “should” be or not, I am very grateful.

Somehow I have to work out a new way so that I am good enough to be your daughter.

And suddenly Mum is my ear saying “They won’t come knocking on your door. You’ll have to get out there and do something about it”

Once, twice, three times a lady – that was my Mam.

Should Children Be Grateful To Parents

Winnettes

5 Comments

  1. Su Tyler March 28, 2014 / 5:52 pm

    Lovely post – I read this while having a break from writing my own post along a very similar lines. 🙂
    I suppose it’s this time of year that makes us realise quite how much they did and how much we miss them.

  2. Mummy Bear March 29, 2014 / 4:23 pm

    What a lovely honest post. You’ve really hit the nail on the head in so many of those departments. I certainly appreciate my mum more now I’m a mummy…

  3. Kirsty March 14, 2018 / 11:59 am

    Your mum sounds like a wonderful woman. I think it is impossible to truly appreciate what mums do until you are one. As for being grateful. Perhaps kids should be when they are older but I don’t think it is comprehendable in the early years. But the monotony of some of it is so intense it would be nice to feel a little gratitude x
    Thank you for joining #ThursdayTeam

  4. Mrs Mummy Harris November 14, 2018 / 12:01 pm

    Your mum sounds amazing, I unfortunately have a mother who is a narcissist. It’s hard to deal with when you have a fairytale glasses on! I’m not sure I agree that children should be grateful, perhaps if that is the case; parents should be grateful of their children too?
    I’m so grateful for my boys showing me happiness in the simplest things, how just walking down the street can be the best thing ever. Children’s eyes really see the magic in everything – and for that reminder, I’m grateful as a mum too =]
    Thank you for sharing this with us at #TriumphantTales. I hope to see you back next week.

  5. Jo - Pickle & Poppet November 15, 2018 / 10:17 pm

    This is a lovely post about your Mum who sounds amazing 🙂 Growing up I was a nightmare but now I appreciate what my Mum was doing – I can only hope for the same when my children get older! #TriumphantTales

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