Thursday, February 7, 2013

Being A Parent Is Not For The Birds

For the past three weeks, I feel as though a lot of people in the "blog-world" have been talking about keeping things "real".  So here goes...I hated school!  It was never easy. In fact it was a lot of hard work on both my part and my parents.  As I have mentioned before I am dyslexic which made reading and writing seem impossible to me at times.  But we kept at it and I more than survived school.

For better or worst, M seems to be having some of the same struggles that I had with reading and still have with spelling.  As hard as it was for me in school it is simply heart-breaking to watch your child suffer.  In fact I have called my mother a couple of times just to thank her for all the hard work she put into my education, time-wise and heart-wise. I never understood that she and my dad were hurting just as much as I was.  And from time to time this school year I have thought that maybe my schooling was more heartbreaking for them than me.

Now I am on the other side of fence.  M and I have battled from time to time about homework.  I am sure that he thinks I am a close relative to the Wicked Witch of West.  I know that he comes close to hating me when he can't play with friends because he has to go to his tutor.  But I also know that he is making progress.  M is surrounded by a team of adults that are helping him and truly care about him.

If all goes well, someday M will be making the phone calls I have been making lately   "Thank you so much for all that you and Dad did.  I really had no idea Mom.  I am sorry for all the drama and tears.  As a child I thought you were being cruel.  Now I know how much you cared!"


  1. Hugs to you. As my Hubby & I say, "Parenthood is the hardest job because there is never the option to quit." Your son is very lucky to have you as a Mom.


  2. Bless you! I know parenting can just pull on your heartstrings like nothing else! I too know firsthand what the hurt is like when your kids hurt! You hang in there! You are doing great! Sometimes it takes years to see the fruit of our labor!! Years.

  3. OH yes! Tell B! Lily and I loved her VALENTINES! She did great!

  4. I often wonder if schooling will change and the rigours of today's curriculum and tests will change, I know that parenting skills are something we only learn by doing and my father told me long ago that "Parenting is the hardest job" - but the biggest rewards.
    Thanks for keeping things real - I was wondering if you had lost the glass slipper at the ball....Cinderella!
    I mean home baked banana bread and lovely home made valentines and now home-work! You are for reals~

  5. Aw, sweet friend. I am so happy you opened up about this! Hang in there! "M" is so lucky to have a mom like you! He will get there because of YOU and your husband!! Big hugs!

  6. One day he will thank you for all your time and hard work. Being a parent isn't easy but the rewards are great. Thanks for visitng and I am now a follower. xx, Sheryy

  7. I am certain he'll be calling you with gratitude because you're a great Mom! Parenthood is not for the weak and so worth every minute. Keep up the good work!!!


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