10 secrets we learnt about our mums by being mums

Yes, it’s true - mums are the best people on earth. As proven by these 10 revelations that only came about from being mums ourselves. Happy Mother’s Day! 

1. Childbirth was the easy part
1. Childbirth was the easy part
07 May 2016

1. Childbirth was the easy part

Every first-time mum dreads the birthing process, but that’s actually the easiest bit about mummy-hood. Compared to the years to follow of sleepless nights, constant worrying and dedicated care-giving that a child requires, giving birth is like a quick shot in the arm (or in the spine, as it were).

2. A mum’s heart bleeds often
2. A mum’s heart bleeds often
07 May 2016

2. A mum’s heart bleeds often

Like every minute of every day. Just kidding. At least 10 times a day, though, would be a more accurate count. Every tumble that you take, every dagger-y glare that get shot our way when we tell you that you can’t have chocolate before dinner… we may look like impassive statues, but inside we weep. 

3. It takes incredible self-discipline to be stern
3. It takes incredible self-discipline to be stern
07 May 2016

3. It takes incredible self-discipline to be stern

As difficult as it is to believe, it actually takes a ton of effort and nerves of steel to face down a screaming toddler or sulky tween to make them obey the rules. And nope, mums certainly don’t enjoy doling out punishments either. It’s way more fun giving out treats. 

4. Sick kids are the ultimate tests of endurance
4. Sick kids are the ultimate tests of endurance
07 May 2016

4. Sick kids are the ultimate tests of endurance

If cleaning vomit-strewn bedsheets at 3am for several nights at a stretch doesn’t count as an endurance test, then I don’t know what is. 

5. Oh wait, so is puberty
5. Oh wait, so is puberty
07 May 2016

5. Oh wait, so is puberty

Semi-permanent moodiness, slamming of doors, sneaking out to hang out with friends way past curfew without so much as a text message… it takes unconditional maternal love to live with a hormonal teen.

6. Mums don’t cook for fun
6. Mums don’t cook for fun
07 May 2016

6. Mums don’t cook for fun

Marketing, cooking and constantly planning for your every meal is not something that mums do for the love of domestic work. It’s hard work, especially when we’ve spent an exhausting day at the office. Baking those chocolate chip cookies may have been a blast, but the hours spent clearing up was not. And guess who got to do that all by her lonely self after the fun was over?

7. School sucks for mums too
7. School sucks for mums too
07 May 2016

7. School sucks for mums too

Contrary to popular belief, very few mums are early birds who relish waking up at the crack of dawn to function as a human alarm clock, prepare breakfast and drag a sleepy, grumpy kid onto the school bus. You hate it, and so do we. Not to mention the endless supervising of homework and late nights spent molding plastercine into Show & Tell projects. It’s like having to relive our schooldays all over again, but without the fun bits.

8. Mums are not actually photography addicts
8. Mums are not actually photography addicts
07 May 2016

8. Mums are not actually photography addicts

We are just addicted to taking countless pictures and videos of our own kids in a futile effort to document every single moment of their growing up years. Every. Single. Moment. Even when you’re fast asleep. Or pooping. 

9. Mums have bionic eyes and superhuman intuition
9. Mums have bionic eyes and superhuman intuition
07 May 2016

9. Mums have bionic eyes and superhuman intuition

Nothing ever gets past us. We know when you’re telling a lie, or are trying to conceal a Mars bar behind your back. How? Because we know you (and every little facial tick that you make) like the back of our hands. And maybe even better than that. 

10. Your mum is your biggest fan - for ever
10. Your mum is your biggest fan - for ever
07 May 2016

10. Your mum is your biggest fan - for ever

To your mum, you are probably the cutest, sweetest, funniest human being to ever walk the earth. Until you turn 40. In fact, some mums still continue to subscribe to this insane theory to their dying day. And that makes you the luckiest person on the planet.

So treat your mum to an indulgent meal, some flowers and a massive bear hug this Mother’s Day weekend, because she darn well deserves it.
 

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