The Zen of Parenting

What kind of parent do you want to be? I always thought I’d be calm and supportive, and patient. Always teaching my kids about my love of nature. Much of the time I am that kind of parent.

We look at plants

Found pussy willows budding on Jan 1, 2015
Found pussy willows budding on Jan 1, 2015

We watch birds

Northern Flicker at our suet feeder
Northern Flicker at our suet feeder

We study the behaviour of animals around us

Raccoons
Raccoons caught on camera trap in back yard

We go on hikes and look the story the environment tells us

But then there’s the fighting over this

Perplexus must be made by the devil!
Perplexus must be made by the devil!

And where she sleeps

Whatever bed she's sleeping in, a child must steal her into theirs
Whatever bed she’s sleeping in, a child must steal her into theirs

And who has to clean this up

They both made this mess, but neither think it's their responsibility
Stuffy explosion!

With all the screaming and crying about toys, where the cat sleeps, and who has to pick up the mess, let’s just say my nerves are pretty frazzled. And I have a twitchy eye. But I still grit my teeth and try not to yell.

And then my 8 year old, all snuggled into her bed, cozy and warm rolls over to face me as she wakes up this morning. Rather than a gentle “good morning Mummy” she yells out “Fuck off Isla” to her 6 year old sister.

You brought it on yourself kid.

Now where the hell is my valium tea?

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