Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Real Mothers

Many authors of best selling "How-to" books would have us believe, raising children is a science one can practice and perfect. I would beg to differ here - its no bloody science! It is a treacherous mountain road, without street lights, and failed brakes! The whole world seems to know better than you about raising kids! Just look at the advises you get!

"Don't let them out of your sight - bad times these days...."
"Give them a bath and warm milk at night.... that'll make them sleepy ......"
"If the AC is on, make'em wear full sleeves"
"Oats is good" "No, daliya is better"
"Raisins are good." "But don't overdo it"
"Don't force feed them" (yeah sure!)
"Let them sleep on their own - don't rock them"
"Honey!" "Ghee!" "Fruits" .... HELP !!! ..... ANYONE !!!

Err.... sorry. Guess I got carried away. Anyways, while I do like cracking jokes on this, I am sincerely thankful from the bottom of my heart for all the timely interventions from various quarters that prevented me from accidentally murdering my kids!

Coming to a more disturbing scenario: Kids are growing up, developing a mind of their own, and are now working up their own perceptions of facts. Proof? Well, let me share with you some statements such as these:

......"Momeeeee, why do you not look like the mom on TV? She seems to have so much fun."

......"Mom, you wearing THAT? Really?"

....."Mom, can we just hang around Dad all day?"

Even better ......"Aren't you going to work today?"

......."It doesn't look as good as it does on the box. Did you cook it right?"

There goes my Best mom award down the drain! Well, let me end on a note I read a long time back. Am sure all moms agree:

Real Mothers don't eat quiche;
They don't have time to make it.

Real Mothers know that their kitchen utensils
Are probably in the sandbox.

Real Mothers often have sticky floors,
Filthy ovens and happy kids.

Real Mothers know that dried play dough
Doesn't come out of carpets.

Real Mothers don't want to know what
The vacuum just sucked up...

Real Mothers sometimes ask "Why me?"
And get their answer when a little
Voice says, "Because I love you best."

Real Mothers know that a child's growth
Is not measured by height or years or grade...
It is marked by the progression of Mommy to Mom to Mother.....


  1. Thumbs up! Same goes with dad too.btw..
    Sometimes, I will wait for a day or two to start on a steroid or antibiotics dr prescription for minor inflammation. Just because I am not convinced..just like that. The inflammation goes away magically with diet...but I will have to do the diligence of taking to dr ..LOL! My drawer full of unused medicine!

    Bottom line, Mom knows what is best for her offspring ..period...end of discussion..

    Recently watched a DVD by Dr. Ray Guarendi. he says people like him makes so much money on this crap.. but actual answer to best parenting is use your instincts , as long as you are playing by some basic rules ( such as not hitting your kid with a revolver, or rewarding child with a candy for eating a carrot for every time )

    Good writing! keep going!! You are awesome.!

  2. @Anon... thanx (you can't see my bloated ego spilling all over my tiny brain right now, but you just made my day - heck, my whole week!!) But, yeah, I guess Dads have it tough these days too! Thanks for stopping by!

  3. :D Great post!! You're right. You can't learn motherhood from a book- you learn it from your mothers and grandmothers, and while they may not have a best-seller to their name,they sure do have experience. And that's what counts, I guess... When I have a kid of my own, I'll come back here and read this up once more. :)

    And I'd like to end on a priceless quote by Calvin- "I'd hate to have a kid like me." ;)

  4. @Spaceman... am sure I'd hate to have a kid like me too (which, unfortunately seems to be the story of my life so far!!). And lady, don't kid yourself. When you have one of your own, my post will have to wait in line (a long one at that!)to get your attention! :-) Thanks a lot!!