Last year, I took the #itsok challenge started by Jennie from Rice Cakes n Raisins, and wrote about my top 10 #itsok moments (you can read the post here). The challenge was all about ditching the mumguilt and realising that perfection isn't always required in parenting – #itsok to not be 100 per cent all the time. To want a break. To just be yourself sometimes and not 'mum'.
Then the #itsok linky came about, which I now co-host with The Mum Conundrum, Mom of Two Little Girls and Gaa Gaa Land. Which has become a community of sorts for supporting 'real', Pinterest-imperfect parenting. So here's my second installment of the #itsok challenge… how many of these would you give a high-five to?
1. Not feel sad when you drop your kid off at school every morning. Six-and-a-half hours of child-free time – whoop whoop!!
2. Not have an activity-packed itinerary for your kids in the holidays, or make them join a zillion after-school clubs.
3. Buy store-bought birthday cakes instead of spending hours the night before trying to perfect Spiderman's web!
4. Suck at craft. And when you do attempt it with your kid, #itsok if it doesn't look perfect. In their eyes, it is…
5. Sit them in front of the TV if you need to get some urgent blog work/ housework done – deadlines, laundry, dinner – cannot wait sometimes.
6. But on the other hand, its also ok to let the laundry pile up (unless your kid has managed to put marks on all his sets of uniforms), let the dishes stack up, let the mess remain. Sometimes, housework can wait if you're too tired or if your child wants to make a Lego with you.
7. Use bribes (toys, treats, ice-cream after school) if you need your kid to get his a**e out the door in time for school. Or practice his writing. Or finish his dinner. Or basically do any life skill that must be done!
8. Throw away rubbish art and craft
crap work from school, and then pretend to search all over the house for it whilst lamenting its loss with your child.
9. Eat your kids' Halloween chocolates/ party cupcakes/ biscuit stash when they aren't around. Or in secret, if they are around. Afterall, you need a sugar-kick to get through the day!
10. Admit you're exhausted sometimes and just take a break from motherhood for an afternoon (or a day, if you're lucky enough!). The kids will still be ok…
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