You never really understand what it is like to be a parent until one day you become a parent. I know cliche but so, so true. When I am thinking about my role as a parent there is so many different roles that make up a parent. There is more then just the practical side of just keeping the child alive and well. So I am going to uncover some of the roles that I do when I am playing the role as parent.
Entertainer: You are chief organiser of keeping little ‘uns entertained through the long hours of the day. You are the one person who a child relies on when they are bored, irritated and got nothing to do. They will come for you and hunt you down until you cleverly thing of something to occupy them even if it is just helping put the washing away.
Cleaner: Yep you clean them, bath them, do all the washing, cleaning, and cooking. Never would I imagine being one of those people that say that there is never enough hours in the day, jeez I am a fully fledged parent now doomed to get pleasure from reaching the end of the washing basket for all the length of two minutes 😉
Counsellor: you will be their to comforter your little ones through the great pains of life. You will hold there hand and try to find the words that are suitable. You will try to listen to the irrational ideas and try to think like a five year old which for me is pretty dame hard. But a skill that you develop, some more then others, *ahem*.
Debator: as soon as your little joy learns to talk you will find that you have to learn the skill of saying the right thing and thinking on your feet for them tricky questions like why can’t I be a woman? what is love? why do people die young? Also you need to have the right amount of information for suitability for the child. I personally find this tricky as you can easy get into a tangle web without even thinking about it.
educator: You are responsible in educating your child, making sure that they know how to use the toilet, learn to speak, communicate, read, write, develop some sort of emotional intelligence. You don’t realise how big this responsability is. It feels like a never ending journey, as soon as you smash one milestone another challenge emerges.
Negotiator: this is challenging especially if the child does not like the word no. It can be tricky during the time when they are two but lets face it they don’t like being told what to do at any age. Sometimes you have to meet in the middle where both child and parent are happy. If you have two children you have to teach them that they have to share and they will soon learn the harsh reality that life is a bitch and you can’t always get what you want. Although, sometimes you can and that is good enough.
Referee: this is aimed at if you have two children or more. All day long I am constantly having to break up arguments, stopping the rough and tumble that gets out of hand and try d generally to stop World War Three from kicking over both of them wanting the blue sodding plate. Best advice I can give you if you have two children is ALWAYS make sure that if you buy them something make sure that the other child has exactly the same. It doesn’t matter whether it be a sweet or a 99p balloon, they will argue over it and moan about why they haven’t got the same thing as the other child.
Cheers for reading X