Last night, after a particularly busy day full of chores, I lay awake wondering and worrying about whether I was doing my very best as a mother, to help guide and shape my son as he grows and develops. I am sure I am not alone with these thoughts – we all want what is best for our children, but it doesn’t stop the self doubt creep in from time to time.
Being a parent comes with a huge responsibility one that, at times, can feel so incredibly overwhelming, Every day Arthur is soaking up his surroundings, learning from my husband and I, watching us and mimicking our actions, it is so very endearing to see. Only yesterday we watched him lovingly wipe his teddy’s mouth with a cloth. It reminded me that we are his biggest role models and we set the tone in which he will grow.
Being a mother is one of the greatest privileges in life – to bring a small person into the world, to love and nurture, to help grow and develop. It is all too easy to loose sight of the bigger picture when the daily ‘to do’ list seems never ending and keeping on top of the house can sometimes feel like I’m chasing my tail, what I must remember is that these early days of childhood are fleeting and yet so very important, the chores most certainly can wait. I am reminded to ground myself in the present, to absorb all of the little moments and allow time within a busy day to play out to a slower rhythm, to get down on the floor more often and see the world through the eyes of my boy and drink in his wonderment as he explores his world.