14 women on the best and worst parenting stages. | #parenting

“The self-reflection.”

“The hardest stage I’ve found out about parenting is the self-reflection I’ve done by looking back on my own childhood. I have a new lens of being a parent and working through that to break the cycle so they don’t have to go through [what I did]. The best stage though is watching how they feel love and joy with their whole being.” – Melanie. 

“During my daughter’s first heartbreak.”

“The stage that hurt the most was during my daughter’s first heartbreak. I attempted to comfort her and then she lashed out with the words, ‘Stop trying to be my friend’. The best stage were the years we spent together at pony club.” – Carol. 

“When they grow up and need me less.”

“The hardest stage is when they grow up and need me less. But the best stage is that when they do grow up, they can actually acknowledge and appreciate what we did for them.” – Keiva. 

“It’s so much cooking and preparing.”

“The worst for me so far has been the ‘solids’ stage, which means transitioning from only milk feeds to offering purees and lots of other soft food. This tends to start from about five months old. It’s so much cooking and preparing and feeding and cleaning and both of my kids didn’t eat much in the early stages so it was so disheartening putting in all of that work only to clean it all up off the floor. You’re also petrified of choking and stressing about trying to get calories in the day in an unfounded, desperate attempt to push them to sleep through the night.” – Hayley.

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“Any time that I lose my temper.”

“I love the most when my little one asks me for ‘one more’ cuddle. The most difficult stage is any time that I lose my temper when I didn’t mean to.” – Emily. 

“After 20 years of mothering, it sure feels good!”

“My best parenting stage was when I realised that my young adult kids realised that I’m human. I have sadness, happiness, tough days at work, emotional losses, anxious days, tired days, and overwhelming days. I’m HUMAN. They recognise what my favourite things are and try to bring me them or do them for me. It’s really getting satisfying and rewarding knowing that I’ve grown the most amazing, contributing and responsible people… After 20 years of mothering, it sure feels good!” – Lynda.

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