28 + 23 + 15 + 13 =79

4 children

I have been a mother for 28 years.
#1 is 28
#2 is 23
#3 is 15
# 4 is 13

That equates to 79 years of parenting experience!!!
Plus another 36 months of pregnancy experience 😀
So why is it today I feel completely useless as a parent, I feel like I haven’t got a clue what I’m doing?
Am I giving them too much freedom, maybe they need more structure in their lives, do I enroll them in swimming, dance and piano? Take them to church? Ask that they do more around the house?
Am I teaching them what they need to know to succeed in life? Uggghhhhh!!!!
My self-confidence as a mother has disappeared, virtually non-existent.
I am questioning my parenting skills.
Could it be because I am living with two teenaged girls?
Is it because I have been so busy with work in the past and now that I’m home I’m realizing everything I haven’t been paying attention too?
I seem to be “debating” with #4 all the time, #3 doesn’t seem to want to spend any time with me. #2 has moved to Guelph which is 3 1/2 hours away, and I can never seem to “find” the time to go and visit. (she is not happy)
#1 and I haven’t spoken to or seen in quite some time and I miss him desperately.
#1 and #2 are functioning, happy young adults making their way through the world, they are good, kind, responsible people, #3 is one of the kindest, funniest kids around and #4 has fabulous debating skills and is a great friend to many, maybe I should stop questioning myself today!?

I guess maybe some days are just like that…

“Behind every great kid
Is a Mom
Who is pretty sure
She’s screwing it all up!”

A New kid By Friday, pffftttt!

I had worked at a large family resort for a number of years, my boss at the time “Saaannnnnddrra” 🙂 would ask me if I had any “Hayleigh Stories” .  Hayleigh is my youngest daughter and has always been spirited and I am sure she is an old soul , she  has an answer for absolutely everything, a wicked sense of humor and when she is angry takes no prisoners.

I always say “she is going to be something ” and ” I pity the man she marries” 😀

I was reading a book called Have a New Kid By Friday, Hay must have seen it lying around earlier in the week.

She had come into my room one night and I was reading “the book” and I quickly tried to hide it without  much luck,  she said ” oh new kid by friday huh, how’s that working out for you?”.  REALLY?! SERIOUSLY?! I as usual, had no response but to laugh and kick her out of my room 😀

There is no book written to date deal with the likes of Hayleigh 😀

Have a New Kid by Friday: How to Change Your Child's Attitude, Behavior & Character in 5 Days