Mum's honest post about how parenting can break you
She wanted to 'tap out'.
By Livia Gamble
February 22 2017
A mum has written an honest post on Facebook admitting she wanted to “tap out” of being a parent for a bit.
The post on The Real Deal Parenting Facebook page has struck a chord with other mums.
“Today I wanted to 'tap out' of motherhood for a bit,” the post beings.
“I'm ashamed to admit that out loud as it sounds pretty terrible, but I'll be honest, it's the truth.”
Listing everything that has tipped her over the edge, she writes:
“I'm done with talking until I'm blue in the face, and no one listening.
“I'm done stepping over the same jacket or toy or shoe that no matter how many times I wait or ask someone to pick it up, it still remains there or gets shuffled around to a different spot that it doesn't belong in.
“I'm not even going to touch on the dishes or laundry because even me thinking about it, I feel like it's such a broken record, I'm sick of "hearing" myself talk or even think about that dose of crazy.
“I'm done with cleaning messes to just be recreated. I'm done with putting clothes away for them to be strewn about minutes later. I'm done with feeling like a hamster on a wheel that is ready to break.’”
She continued describing herself as being a candidate for “the worst mother of the year award.”
But after a day of letting the “negativity win” something changed.
“As I held my baby, she knew, she knew all of it...she felt it and saw it and experienced my day with me, all day, every painful hour.
“But then with one sentence, she healed me and reminded me how wrong I was.
"She looked at me and with such sincerity and such love, took her tiny hand and rubbed my cheek.
"I make you happy, Mama."
Finishing her post, she says it’s amazing how those five words are enough for her to wake up and do it all over again.
“When we think we're done and there's nothing left, something or someone refuels us when we least expect it. That's The Real Deal of Parenting, my Friends: THAT is how we wake up for one more day”