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Fun Sponge

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Get your tiny violins ready for my self-pitying diatribe. Not before I have caveated with how #blessed I am; 3 happy healthy kids. I know, I know it all.
 
The thing is, in this household, no-one rates me as highly as they rate daddy, not even the flaming dog. Most of the time I am totally fine with that, I know they all still rely on me, they want me and they really love me. It simply comes down to the fact that I am not the ‘fun’ one, I am not the lenient one and I am certainly not the novel one. Some days I get a torrent of rude brevity
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from one of our children, he can be a bit insecure and he takes it out on me because he knows I will always have his back and I am glad he feels he can be like that and yet behave well for everyone else. But there are times when my rationality shoots out the window and it all feels very unjust. For over 6 years my ‘fun’ side has been on a sabbatical to make way for all the life admin involved in steering us 5 humans. Sure we laugh, I make them laugh until we all cry, there is a lot of silliness … but that is so overshadowed by the constant demands
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and requests for them to eat, sit, listen, be quiet, share, be polite, be kind, stop shouting, get dressed, do homework, hurry up, slow down, be kind, be kinder, be the kindest. Even the dog just sits and winces from her bed. I look down on myself and I understand why I am not the exciting one.
 
Sometimes the burden of boredom-meister is shared between us parents but on the whole it works really well for me to take the mantle. It’s just how our little household ticks…… The kids are somewhat spirited and downright cheeky but they are also
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happy and respectful to the core. And that my friends, is what cling on to that as the recompense for my personality sacrifice and for now – being the ultimate fun sponge.
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- 27 Sep 19

Get your tiny violins ready for my self-pitying diatribe. Not before I have caveated with how #blessed I am; 3 happy healthy kids. I know, I know it all.

 

The thing is, in this household, no-one rates me as highly as they rate daddy, not even the flaming dog. Most of the time I am totally fine with that, I know they all still rely on me, they want me and they really love me. It simply comes down to the fact that I am not the ‘fun’ one, I am not the lenient one and I am certainly not the novel one. Some days I get a torrent of rude brevity from one of our children, he can be a bit insecure and he takes it out on me because he knows I will always have his back and I am glad he feels he can be like that and yet behave well for everyone else. But there are times when my rationality shoots out the window and it all feels very unjust. For over 6 years my ‘fun’ side has been on a sabbatical to make way for all the life admin involved in steering us 5 humans. Sure we laugh, I make them laugh until we all cry, there is a lot of silliness … but that is so overshadowed by the constant demands and requests for them to eat, sit, listen, be quiet, share, be polite, be kind, stop shouting, get dressed, do homework, hurry up, slow down, be kind, be kinder, be the kindest. Even the dog just sits and winces from her bed. I look down on myself and I understand why I am not the exciting one.

 

Sometimes the burden of boredom-meister is shared between us parents but on the whole it works really well for me to take the mantle. It’s just how our little household ticks…… The kids are somewhat spirited and downright cheeky but they are also happy and respectful to the core. And that my friends, is what cling on to that as the recompense for my personality sacrifice and for now – being the ultimate fun sponge.

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Rosie Willcock

Mummy of 3 boys - Henry (7), Freddie (5) and Paddy (3). Rosie lives in Oxfordshire and juggles a career in gardening with writing and mumming: @rosierthings www.rosiewillcock.co.uk

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