I’ve always thought that I was doing a good job (not a perfect one but good enough) parenting the two boys.
That is, until baby number 3 came along.
Suddenly, everything was out of control.
The boys seemed to have grown fangs and tails overnight. Bad behaviour resurfaced, good manners forgotten.
That, coupled with a new baby, the intense summer heat, and the lack of sleep, had turned me into a nagging, shouting, angry momster.
“Fix your toys! Fasterrrr!”
“Stop crying! Stop whining!”
“Do your homework!”
My being a momster was not lost on me, nor the kids. “Mommy, why are you always angry?”, the younger boy often asked.
It wasn’t fair to take everything out on them, I knew. I wasn’t giving them enough attention as I’d used to. There was no more story time, no more tell-me-about-your-day time, no more just-being-silly time, no more quality mommy time.
I bet their little minds were taking it to heart. I bet they’re starting to hate mom. I bet they’re equating mom to the not fun things like homework and chores. I wonder if it was reversible. I wonder if they still remember that I still love them despite all of those. I wonder…
As if reading my thoughts, small arms suddenly wrapped around my neck, interrupting my thoughts, “I love you!”
It was the younger boy.
Surprised to still hear those words despite always shouting at them, I asked why.
“Because you gave us a baby and because I like your face (LOL!) !”
The older boy soon chipped in, “And because we ride the bike together (can you imagine all three of us in a 2-wheel bike under the scorching sun?) and because you cook yummy macaroni with cheese and the beef with egg (gyudon) for us and the mango cake and also…also…because you’re mommy!”
Awww, I love you guys too! I will always try my best to give everyone their much deserved #KalidadNaAlaga. And that’s a promise! 🙂
And just like that, everything was right again.
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