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Posted by on Aug 8, 2014 in Discussions | 14 comments

Parenting is challenging

Parenting is challenging

Parenting is challenging. The summer holidays are full of fun, laughter, play, exploration, family time and sunshine. We are having a wonderful holiday time, but it is not all a bed of roses. There are many challenges we face as parents…..fighting siblings, screaming and shouting children, lots of “I wants” and lots of time to fill.

I love filling the time with activities, days out, free play, craft, outdoor fun, friends and cooking, but amongst all the fun I am finding things very challenging at the moment. I don’t often write about our negative behaviours, as I’m sure my kids won’t want that plastered all over the internet when they are older, but parenting is hard, no matter what age the children are.

I know there is no such thing as a perfect parent, but this week I have felt like I am failing. I know many of the things I should do and need to do to turn things around, but it is so difficult, why can I not manage it? My children are generally very good kids, but they can get so high, I desperately want to calm them down sometimes, but never manage it. They are fun-loving all the time, excited with life, it is wonderful to see in them, I wouldn’t want them any other way, but, boy is it exhausting!

I want to cherish every moment I have with my children while they are young, as I know it will soon be gone, so I need to get my act together very quickly. However, I think I am also my own worst enemy, putting too much pressure on myself  to be a good mum (not perfect, just good). I’m sure that’s what we all want.

I am loving the fun we are having these holidays and there really is a lot of it, but amongst this, life is challenging!


How are you feeling during these summer holidays? How do you manage?

If you have any tips please do share.


The Reading Residence


  1. Sorry to hear that you are feeling like this, your posts always are always so upbeat! We all have our challenges as parents, and i can relate greatly to what you’ve said here, especially being my own worst enemy. Give yourself a break, you’re doing a fab job xx #ThePrompt #WotW

    • Thank you very much, I’m sure most of us feel like this at some point x

  2. Sorry to hear you are feeling like this Karen and make no mistake you are definitely a great mum and you are not failing! With all of the things you do with your kids, its incredible it really is and your kids are very lucky. I am sure it is very hard sometimes with all 3 of them to entertain and look after but I for one think you are doing a fab job. No parent or child is.perfect, and there will always be bad days, and I don’t think for a second you are alone in feeling like this, especially at this point in the summer holidays!!! Hope you feel a bit more positive again soon 🙂 xx

    • Thank you very much, I know I am not alone feeling like this and I know it just a phase, I’m sure it will be better very soon. x

  3. Yep, I could have written this this week, too! The kids are off out with their grandparents this afternoon, which gives me an extremely rare break, so I’m going to fly through my to-do list that’s getting me down and frustrated and resolve to feel more positive and patient next week. Wishing you a good one, too, and reassuring you you’re not alone x Thanks for sharing with #WotW

    • Thank you, I think there comes a point in the holidays when most parents feel rather exhausted and frustrated with things, I know it will pass. Looking forward to our holiday tomorrow though 🙂

  4. Ohh no! Sorry to hear you are feeling this way….We’ve got to the point in the holidays too where the kids are driving me up the wall….My fella has took them to the beach to give me a break from them and them a break from me….I can feel my self relaxing and feeling more positive already x

    • You have a good fella then, hope you relax and unwind x

  5. its really interesting that a few people have chosen ‘challenging’ as their word this week. i think we can put so much pressure on ourselves to be the best at everything at it all becomes a bit much sometimes. we all (kids as well as adults) have off days and times when we could have handled things better but there is always tomorrow to do things differently. im always really inspired by all the fun stuff you do with your kids, dont be too hard on yourself x #WotW

    • Thank you, I think a lot of people are finding things challenging this week, at this stage of the summer holidays, I am not alone x

  6. Hi, I hope this doesn’t sound too strange but thank you for sharing this post and how you are feeling. Feel a bit the same, I have two weeks off work and have filled every day with great adventures for us to enjoy but boy I’m tired. I will go back to work for a rest.
    We can worry so much about not saying I’m tired or sometimes it can be a struggle, but it bloody is. Why pretend, and it is brave of you do put those feelings out there. So thank you, you are not alone.

    • Thank you very much for your lovely supportive comment. It is not easy saying you are struggling, but we all do sometimes and I think it is quite common at this point in the summer holidays. x

  7. Can in confess that I think your life is so perfect. This post made me realize that you are also struggling. So true about parenting being so hard sometimes. I am feeling it at the moment. I just wish that this too will pass. Thanks for sharing an honest post. #wotw #theprompt

    • We all struggle at times, so I thought I would share it this week as parenting is tough and we all go through ups and downs.

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