Can I please get off the mothering merry-go-round?

I can’t be the only one who wakes up and just think today I just don’t want to mother! Usually it’s when my wake up call involves some form of a scream. That is not an alarm clock any person needs. This is often followed swiftly by several demands. ‘I want breakfast, I wet the bed, where is my milk, I don’t want to go to school’ etc etc… it’s not really how I imagined my life would be!
It’s a fact that I am sure parents universally agree with. Raising kids is not always a bundle of fun. The daily battles, the endless washing pile and the continuous tidying up after the little darlings. Is it then surprising that some days I lack a little motivation? That on occasion I wonder why I bother when I am met with resistance at every turn?

Of course not every day feels like perpetual ground hog day. But the majority of days are like an endless merry-go round. We get up, we battle into clothes, fight about teeth brushing and toileting. Coffee is drunk, meals are prepared and the washing is put in the machine, dried and put away. Over and over, round and round. Today I confess I want to get off the ride.

I want to go out with nothing in my pocket but a bank card and a packet of cigarettes. I’d like to eat where I like, spend an hour browsing the shops. Perhaps make an appointment to get my hair done. Possibly drive into the country and walk the dog in peace, without nagging. Or just imagine, curling up next to a roaring fire in a pub with a glass of red in my hand. No rushing, no bickering, no whining and nobody asking me to do anything. Of course that’s pure fantasy!

The alarm has gone off. The first round of The Imperial March is coming from the kids bedroom. There is a whooping noise that can only mean Pudding is up and dancing to her brothers singing. The bin men are coming down the road – those bags need taking out! The dog needs to be let down the garden for a wee… there is no getting off the merry go round today. It’s onwards and upwards for this Mama Bear. 

13 thoughts on “Can I please get off the mothering merry-go-round?”

  1. I know what you mean – parenting can feel like a bit of a slog sometimes. I’d love to just have time to myself to do whatever I’d like, but whenever I do have free time, I tend to spend it doing chores (or, to be honest, blogging) . A glass of red in front of the fireplace sounds like heaven. #EatSleepBlogRT

  2. A lot of my mother friends take a little holiday to the nearest hotel and have a night to themselves so they can sleep in the next morning. Breakfast in bed courtesy of from service makes them positively giddy! #EatSleepBlogRT

  3. You could write this about me! I think it’s the toughest part in some ways (obviously them getting ill, or hurt is worse), but on of the hardest things about being a parent is the never ending cycle. The washing pile that never shrinks, the floor that is never vacuumed enough, the dishes, the parking of lunch boxes, school notes, after school activities etc. Over and over. But as I always say lucky they are so cute (most of the time) #eatsleepblogRT

  4. This is totally me. Although, I was extremely lucky on Saturday and had my first lunch out for months without Little One in tow! I didn’t know what to do with my new found freedom, ha. #EatSleepBlogRT

  5. I hear you! I feel like I am just on this constant merry go round with no way out! I’m exhausted and have been so poorly of late but there are still children to care for and feed, a house to clean, washing to do, tidying and a million and one other jobs. I just neeeeeeeeed a break!!!! #eatsleepblogRT

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