Being a parent is tough, there is no denying that it can be a real shitter sometimes. I'm not one to beat around the bush and if you read my blog regularly you will know I don't sugar coat things and I say it how it is. If things have gone well I'll write about it and if things have gone horribly wrong with the kids you'll know about it it too.
The first few weeks of being a new Mum and Dad is unbelievably surreal, you're thrown into this world that you're blindly trying to find your way through with advice and 'words of wisdom' left, right and centre. Sometimes you don't know if you're coming or going. It can be extremely overwhelming.
Barefoot Coaching Cards by Kim Morgan are a set of cards designed to start meaningful conversations and kind of develop a joint approach to parenting and guide parents on their new new path of parenthood.
This set of 50 cards are designed to be dipped into now and again and pose a variety of questions to help parents find the answers that are right for them. The beauty of these cards is they really make you think and reflect on parenting, there were several that I enjoyed having a think about .
These cards have just been launched and provide parents with the chance to get them talking and reconnecting with one another. To celebrate the launch there has been a little blog tour happening with a few fab bloggers lifting the lid on parenting and writing candidly about their experiences. Today it's my turn and I have decided to answer 2 questions out of the pack so please do have a read.....
I was meant to choose one question but in typical Helen style I couldn't choose between them so went with 2 that I felt were nice to mull over, so on with the questions!
Of course there are aspects that I miss from before being a parent. I miss so much not being able to just pop to the shops or the cinema or even to the pub for a quick drink. Going anywhere these days is a bit like a military mission. Holidays are no longer relaxing but busy and days are often full of chasing toddlers around and finding activities to keep them entertained by the time bedtime rolls around we're usually exhausted. It's hard to find couple time, we probably should try and have more date nights but it's not that easy and we always feel guilty if we ask grandparents to babysit. That being said I of course wouldn't change it and in answer to the other question on the card, the behaviours I am pleased to have a break from is my own. Before kids I was a different person all together, being a Mum has changed me and moulded me into who I am today. I am still somewhat nuts but I've matured (kind of), am more responsible (hah) and feel I have something to life for (true dat).
How would I describe myself as a parent? I am pretty relaxed mostly, I try to be led by the kids and not force them into things, I'm a strong believer in independence and allowing them to make their own mistakes and discover rights and wrongs, of course there is limits to this I don't just let them run riot but you know what I mean! I just want to bring them up to be nice children and have good morals and enjoy their life and live it to the max.
If you've enjoyed having a read of my post you can pop on over to Glossytots where the tour will come to a close on Friday, not only that but you can catch up on the other posts by checking out the blogs featured in the above picture.
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