Today I thought that I would vent about something that seems to be something that is highly dismissed by society as an important job and that is the job of MOTHERHOOD.
Motherhood is the most important task many women undertake for the love of their children to make sure they grow into well-respected, contributing happy human beings of society. Yet it is the most undervalued and the least respected of all the jobs that could be done. It seems lately that unless you are in the paid workforce (and are of working age) you are not a valued member of society. The other thing I notice is when those children act up the first person blamed is usually the mother too.
Mothers are the back bone to any culture. Our unconditional love for our children means their survival and this is not just seen in humans this is seen in the animal kingdom to. You only have to watch a documentary on animals to see what they do to protect their young. Without mother's we as a society would wither and die.
I believe that it is time that mother's got what they deserve which is recognition for what we do. It is hard, hard yakka. Any mum out there who has had to try and get their two year old to go to the toilet, or has been woken from a sleep because their little one has had a night mare and at 3am you are checking under the bed and all the cupboards just to reassure that child that their really are no monsters and then to only be woken 3 hours later by the same child now fully refreshed and eager to start the day and you have to drag yourself out of bed and you have to be ready to go when you feel like a train has hit you, and there is no time before you here Mum, mum, mum, mum, mum, mum, and you haven't even had a sip of your tea or coffee. Is true love,
Before I had children, I can tell you I thought parenting was the most piss easy job in the world. All you have to do is feed them, clothe them, keep them clean, make sure they know that they are loved. Hugs and cuddles and bed time stories and that pretty much sums it up. I now know better. I work harder now than I have ever done in any of the paid jobs I have had. It is tiring some days you will do nothing but discipline all day. Other days can be listening to constant whining ad some days are just absolutely marvellous and it wipes out all those bad days. Some days it takes all of your strength not to shut yourself in your wardrobe and hide there until your significant other comes home. In saying all of this the rewards are endless and better than any bonus you could ever receive from work.
I think it is time we challenged the stereotype of Motherhood. We certainly don't sit on our arse's all day while our children play on the floor. We are the one's their for all the scraped knees, doing the hard yards with discipline, looking at the best schools for our children online. Preparing their food and drink, reading every parenting book on the market to constantly improve ourselves as parents. Reading our children their favourite story 20 times a day. Playing pretend, cooking cakes. Vacuuming, washing, mopping, doing dishes and grocery shopping. We do it all with a smile on our faces and while sometimes dragging our feet. We are also the first to sacrifice whatever our needs are so our children can have better.
We deserve thanks for what we do! I salute all you mothers out there doing the hard yards and even if your children never thank you. I do. Thank you for loving your children and making them decent human beings for society. Thank you for all of the sacrifices you make, the sleep ins you give up for Saturday morning sport or dance. The times you find it so hard to discipline your child and you are taking them to the naughty corner for the 20th time that day. You are a hero.