To All Mothers with Young Children

exhaustionIt has been a bad week for sleep. I have had to be really mindful of being kind to myself because I know that I am tired. In those disturbed nights and even more in the lethargic days afterwards I have been reminded of how exhausted I was most of the time when my boys were younger.

But back then, with babies/toddlers there were times when I couldn’t recognise that I was tired, purely because I always was. My confidence in myself came under question because I never felt on top of anything. So I am dedicating this week to all you mothers with young children and the inevitable disturbed sleep.

Be kind to yourself.

It is an amazing job you do by being there for your children!

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64 thoughts on “To All Mothers with Young Children

  1. thanks for sharing your support to us with young kids. I’ve just come out of the two under two phase, and it’s been pretty full on these past 6 months. I’m only just starting to see light at the end of the tunnel now. The other day I was in a soft play (brave!) and saw a lady breastfeeding her newborn while her toddler was tantruming on the floor. I offered my help but I think she was too sleep deprived and in the thick of it to even know what help to ask for, bless her. It’s a tough time and I agree with you. Don’t change anything mammas! You’re doing an amazing job just as you are. #BloggerClubUK
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    1. We can question ourselves a lot, which has its uses but I think it is so easy not to recognise what an amazing job we do. Thanks for your lovely comment supporting mothers. Kirsten

    1. There is so much to do isn’t there. Taking a moment to breathe and be kind to yourself is really important. Thanks for commenting.

  2. This is a nice post to read while I’m sat at home waiting for my first baby to arrive, the lack of sleep is one of the things I’m most worried about. I’ll remember this 🙂 #ablogginggoodtime

    1. I am glad this feels supportive. The lack of sleep is an issue but there are plenty of ways through it. Thank for commenting.

  3. My boy is three and last night I thought, the exhaustion does end! I’m sure it will be replaced with other woes though. Well done on the book, looking forward to having a gander.

    1. That sounds really tough, Amie. Permanent exhaustion is not a nice place to be. I hope you find a happier medium soon. Thanks for commenting.

    1. It does happen eventually but it is really not easy when we are sleep deprived. Hang in there. Thanks for commenting.

    1. That is really unusual and not something I have heard of . No actually I have heard one other mother who had something similar and she was the same as a child. Whatever the reason for being up, illness or poor sleeper, being kind to ourselves helps. Thanks for commenting.

  4. I’ve always had 2 really good sleepers so when we have the occasional bad night (like the last few where they’ve been poorly and calling out for mummy a lot), I feel like I have no right to complain or give myself a break because this is what other mummies deal with all the time. Silly, eh? We’re all dealing with our own stuff and comparison doesn’t help. Thank you for your kind post #MarvMondays
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    1. Hi Lucy, Comparison is fraught and we can inadvertently use it to beat ourselves up but like you say it rarely helps. We all have own own lot to deal with and a bit of self kindness goes a long way. Thanks for your insightful comment. Kirsten

    1. I agree with you, Jane. It helps when we hear those supportive voices come from others too particularly on a tough day. Sometimes it makes the world of difference to have external support/praise. Thank you for visiting and commenting.

  5. Thank you, it is so important to remember not to be too hard on ourselves, and to also remember to reach out to other mums too, who may be struggling. I am terrible for not being very kind to myself, I tell myself most minutes of most days that I’m a terrible mum, doing an awful job, but really it’s not true-it is very hard to be mindful of this when you’re so tired!
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    1. It is quite common for us to get down on ourselves when we are tired. Bringing in a kinder voice can really help though. Thanks for commenting.

  6. I am reading this having dragged myself from my bad after hours of restlessness – mine is now caused by the pending menopause and not the exhaustion of young kids – but the first line of your post resonates – it feels just like it did all those years ago and it is as horrible as I remember! #bigpinklink
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    1. Hi Jo, that really sounds tough. At least when it is children there is a loving reason to be awake. When it is the menopause, well, I imagine it is very frustrating. Thanks for commenting and wishing you a better nights sleep soon.

  7. The sleep deprivation of my daughter’s first year was the hardest thing I have ever had to endure. It quite literally broke me because she was very unsettled and cried constantly during the day too so I was literally stuck in a vortex of hell. I wish I had known of a way to be kinder to myself in those days but just a kind word can make a world of difference. When I have tough days now or see other women struggling I do try to take a moment to be grateful for all the good I have and to do whatever I can to help because I know how badly it’s needed. Thanks for the acknowledgement #TwinklyTuesday

    1. Hi Jackie, I really felt your comment. It is so tough when our children don’t sleep. My second son was ill and it was such a struggle to cope on so little sleep. Thank you very much for your lovely comment. Kind words really do help.

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