Say farewell to sleeping through the night –
‘Tis true. Hungry newborns; scared toddlers, ‘I-wet-my-bed’ pre-schoolers and sneaky teenagers ensure that their parents remain sleep-deprived and tired for decades.
And hello to the sniffles-
Yes, parents have a greater chance of getting sick. Blame crèche, blame developing immune systems, blame sleep deprivation, blame those dirty, little hands, blame far too much nose-picking and bum scratching… but you will still be sick A LOT. And no, you will not get a chance to rest. Soldier on sick parent and care for your sick children.
Say goodbye to switching off-
Parenting is about protecting your children- a mammoth task even in a child-proofed home. Parents are required to be hyper-vigilant and scan the child and environment for potential dangers ALL THE TIME. A lapse in attention could see that sweet, mini-marshmallow become lodged in a nasal passage and a trip to ER three days later. There is no quick cup of tea or care-free walk down the lane. Being attentive to present danger is an exhausting job.
And hello to worrying-
Being aware of present real dangers is not enough... parents must plan for possible (and imaginary) dangers too. Packing for a short walk to the park means D-day prepping- mobile phone, mace spray, wetwipes, plasters, change of clothes, snack, drink, much-loved-toy... Once out the door, parents must worry about strange people, strange dogs, bullying, kidnapping and cancerous sunburn. Even parents who are at work are worrying about the day-to-day stuff, like who is fetching, dropping, making supper as well as the bigger stuff, like have we saved enough, sent them to the right school, raised a good human?
Say goodbye to rest-
Resting is not always a viable option when parenting. Plans to go to bed early, take a nap or have a relaxing weekend away are great, but do not always work out that way. Baby-sitters let you down, kids wake up earlier than expected, you get sick, you get a ‘crying-kids’ phone call and poof! Resting time is over.
And hello to chores-
Parenting is chore-laden. When they are little, there is an exponential increase in wiping, picking up, feeding, dishwashing, packing, unpacking, dressing and undressing. Fast forward a few years and delegating these chores to older children does little to alleviate parental fatigue. Supervising tweens and teens to ensure they do-their-bit and become functioning members of society probably takes more energy than doing it yourself.
So be kind to parents, they really are more tired than you would imagine they should be.
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