Catherine Jackson: EarnestGirl Chronicles

Jun
27
2013

The Secret to Your Motherhood Sanity

The one thing you should never let go of

There are many things you will lose in the course of pregnancy and motherhood.

 

Sleep.

Patience.

Abdominal elasticity.

Mental acuity.

Patience.

Your keys.

Your sense of self.

Control of your bladder.

Patience.

Privacy.

Did I mention sleep?  

 

The one thing you must work hard to never, ever lose sight of is your sense of humour.

Sure, there will be moments in the principal’s office, the emergency room, in the shower where you will hide and cry, when it slips completely away. Those times are the most personally challenging parts of parenthood. But, like a strong spine, you must do whatever it takes to keep your sense of humour if not intact, then at least somewhat limber. You will need it more often than you can imagine.

 

Create a safety word with your partner, spouse, or a good friend. Use it when you need to collect yourself in the laundry room, or count to ten under the covers when a sick kids shows up again at your 3a.m. bedside, or you just need to hit re-set on the motherhood treadmill. Read Erma Bombeck, David Sedaris, Anne Lamott (Lamott’s Operating Instructions kept me just this side of sane during a particularly intense newborn growth spurt.). Your sense of humour will help you navigate toilet training. Teenage-ness. Parent teacher nights. Sass. Holidays. Crisis.

 

A sense of humour may be the most steadfast of a mother’s tools. Take good care to maintain yours.

- See more at: http://www.yummymummyclub.ca/family/mummy/20130610/top-motherhood-tip-ymc-contest#overlay-context=life/green

There are many things you will lose in the course of pregnancy and motherhood.

 

Sleep.

Patience.

Abdominal elasticity.

Mental acuity.

Patience.

Your keys.

Your sense of self.

Control of your bladder.

Patience.

Privacy.

Did I mention sleep?  

 

The one thing you must work hard to never, ever lose sight of is your sense of humour.

Sure, there will be moments in the principal’s office, the emergency room, in the shower where you will hide and cry, when it slips completely away. Those times are the most personally challenging parts of parenthood. But, like a strong spine, you must do whatever it takes to keep your sense of humour if not intact, then at least somewhat limber. You will need it more often than you can imagine.

 

Create a safety word with your partner, spouse, or a good friend. Use it when you need to collect yourself in the laundry room, or count to ten under the covers when a sick kids shows up again at your 3a.m. bedside, or you just need to hit re-set on the motherhood treadmill. Read Erma Bombeck, David Sedaris, Anne Lamott (Lamott’s Operating Instructions kept me just this side of sane during a particularly intense newborn growth spurt.). Your sense of humour will help you navigate toilet training. Teenage-ness. Parent teacher nights. Sass. Holidays. Crisis.

 

A sense of humour may be the most steadfast of a mother’s tools. Take good care to maintain yours.

- See more at: http://www.yummymummyclub.ca/family/mummy/20130610/top-motherhood-tip-ymc-contest#overlay-context=life/green

There are many things you will lose in the course of pregnancy and motherhood.

Sleep.

Patience.

Abdominal elasticity.

Mental acuity.

Patience.

Your keys.

Your sense of self.

Control of your bladder.

Patience.

Privacy.

Did I mention sleep?  

The one thing you must work hard to never, ever lose sight of is your sense of humour.

Sure, there will be moments in the principal’s office, the emergency room, in the shower where you will hide and cry, when it slips completely away. Those times are the most personally challenging parts of parenthood. But, like a strong spine, you must do whatever it takes to keep your sense of humour if not intact, then at least somewhat limber. You will need it more often than you can imagine.

Create a safety word with your partner, spouse, or a good friend. Use it when you need to collect yourself in the laundry room, or count to ten under the covers when a sick kids shows up again at your 3a.m. bedside, or you just need to hit re-set on the motherhood treadmill. Read Erma Bombeck, David Sedaris, Anne Lamott (Lamott’s Operating Instructions kept me just this side of sane during a particularly intense newborn growth spurt.). Your sense of humour will help you navigate toilet training. Teenage-ness. Parent teacher nights. Sass. Holidays. Crisis.

A sense of humour may be the most steadfast of a mother’s tools. Take good care to maintain yours.