To the children we’re just Mummy and Daddy. For them to comprehend that we had an exciting life before they came along is unfathomable. We’re the ones who usually play it safe, who are their ‘careful-radar’. Where they see excitement we see danger; where they see exploration we see exposure. We are their opposite.
In the most part, we are the conservative ones – me more so that DadTired, if I’m honest.
It’s the opposite of the ME that I knew six years ago, BC [before children]. It certainly wasn’t the ME that DadTired got to know when I was living the PR lifestyle in London, working & partying 23 hours of the day, 7 days a week.
Within a short period of time, I seem to have turned into my opposite. What happened to the ME who confidently roller skated across the Covent Garden cobbles and into All Bar One? Now, I’d be thinking about easy access to the emergency first aid kit in my bag.
I’m not saying I want my children to do exactly that, but I want them to do the opposite of the norm if that’s what they want to do!
Whilst on holiday I got to be the opposite of the Mummy who is always trying to keep them on track and on time, and it was a very attractive proposition.
I got to tell awful jokes instead of being the correcting one;
I made up silly songs with the word Poo in them, as opposed to telling them to ‘stop using that word’;
I turned up the music after dinner and danced with them until out of breath as opposed to telling them to turn it down and get to bed;
I started the cartwheel competition as opposed to worrying about whether they’d fall and hurt themselves.
But you know what, being the opposite of the ‘shopping-cooking-orderly’ mummy was FANTASTIC for me and hilariously funny for Thing 1 & Thing 2 !
I know in the main it’s my job to double-check school letters, make sure they have clean underwear and generally learn to play nicely with other children, but it can sometimes feel like the boring bit of parenting. I’m determined to keep showing Thing 1 & Thing 2 that I have an opposite, fun side, too.
Because I want them to see people as people, and not just as the pre-conceived label that’s put on them.
I want them to be confident to do whatever they want to do, but know when’s appropriate and when it’s not.
I want them to have the confidence to have fun & enjoy life.
When the day-to-day tasks of family life become too serious without us realising it, when the grind becomes a churn then it’s time to crank up the music, tell a silly joke and do a cartwheel or two – whatever it takes.
Be the opposite of what’s expected. They children love it and we all feel a little bit better about life!
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