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My Mothering Heart Needs More Lion, Less Rabbit

By Louise Bassett - 20th November 2012

Life is often an endurance test. Sure, there are bright moments when joy fills your heart, when you can re-charge. But often it is a relentless quest. At present, my patience as a mother is tested daily by an irrepressible toddler who is now more wilful and dastardly than I thought possible. I need to rapidly acquire new skills. They say not to negotiate with small children. But what am I to do with a child who says 'I'll cry if you like, Mama.' He has me beaten already and we haven't even started!

I am reminded of a famous family anecdote of another beloved small child, now an adult, who told her father 'she was just trying to do what was best for everyone'. She of course, continues to wreak havoc on the world. There was no negotiating with her and there won't be any with Benedict either. He cares not for the logic of "..please hurry up we need to leave the house!" and "..because I said so". My family finds new ways to test me, every day. The sacrifice of motherhood tempered by its rewards.

Working full-time is taking a toll in a way it never did before children. My god, how hard is it to leave the bloody house? Day after seemingly endless days, at present, I just keep getting up and doing it all again. When I think I have no more will to go on, let alone strength, I just get up and do it,again. Because I must. Not just so we can eat, although that is a consideration, but because this is just how it is. I have made bargains with myself and made commitments to others. I have negotiated a deal which I must now deliver on. At times, that burden threatens to overwhelm me.

While toiling away getting through the 'morning',  which incurs as much work as the entire day, I was driving to work thinking I need to stop feeling beaten. I need to be more 'lion hearted' and less 'rabbit'.

If there is adversity to be conquered, I am just going to beat it into submission.

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