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When Mummy becomes Mum …
Feelings on this, for me at least, differ depending on a) my
Some of you will no doubt love the fact it means your children are growing up and developing their own independence, but I really struggle with
I started this blog to make sure people are aware that us parents of older , school-aged children also struggle to cope, and
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So here I am, a mum/mummy to three and I have just noticed the smallest, yet incredibly upsetting, thing – two of my children now only refer to me as Mum and I think the 5 and a half year old is heading that way also – oh, I could cry (in fact I have done I won’t lie to you) … and heaven forbid the Abba song comes on the radio – for those of you not sure which one I am referring to, give “Slipping Through my Fingers” a listen and then tell me you didn’t hold back the tears.
Feelings on this, for me at least, differ depending on a) my mood and b) the tone used! We all know to well the tone I am referring to from our children, the one which puts the emphasis on the first “m” so it’s actually more of a growl than anything else – of course there is also the short, sharp delivery which also delivers a blow to the belt, for some reason Mummy as a word does not have the capacity to be used in these ways … so what does this really mean?
Some of you will no doubt love the fact it means your children are growing up and developing their own independence, but I really struggle with it, mainly due to the fact that the younger one is still referring to me as “mummy” … Mummy conjures up cuddles, baking, giggles, the smell of baby wipes, talcum powder (or not if you think it is the work of the devil), nighttime snuggles, bedtime reading and much, much more – whereas Mum is what I call my Mum, and I am not yet ready to accept that my children are at an age where I am a Mum! Anyone else feel this way?
I started this blog to make sure people are aware that us parents of older , school-aged children also struggle to cope, and don’t get me wrong I am keen to be honest and most of what I post will be deemed negative by many, but for me it is a way of sharing my thoughts and offloading – so this blog feels like a positive one about the impact these small changes have on us. Who knows I may manage a few more positive insights along the way …