Best and Worst of Mothering
What can I say about motherhood?
My favourite quote about being a parent is from the movie “The Way”. After a young boy is caught stealing a backpack, his parent says, “Ah, yes our children are the best and worst of us.”
Being a mother has been the most demanding, painful, disappointing, gut-wrenching and exhausting time of my life… and with adult children my grief still continues.
Being a mother has also been the most comforting, joyful, funny, wonderous, stretching, adventurous, creative and satisfying time of my life… and it still is!
It has been a huge relief to accept that my children’s “best and worst” is what grew me into the best mother I can be.
This piece was written by one of the ICLA eFriend Peer Support Workers. eFriend is an online platform where you can connect with a trained peer support worker whom has their own lived experience of feeling lonely, isolated, stressed or worried. You can speak to your eFriend Peer via video or phone call. Your eFriend Peer will listen, validate and provide hope. If you like, they can also assist you to identify any other services you may like to try or help you create plans to improve your personal well-being. Or they can simply listen.