Parenting

Be Grateful For Moaning Kids

  • November 24, 2016

Unfortunately I wasn’t blessed with lots of patience when I was born. Or any patience at all actually.

That’s a little bit of a problem when you have kids as at times they can be the most frustrating little things in the world.

Things like taking half an hour to chew a mouthful of food, or read one page of a book, or lying on the floor in their pants when you’ve asked them 27 times to get dressed, doesn’t go well with a lack of patience.

I’m ashamed to admit that I shout at Little H to hurry up more than I should, and do lose my temper with her quite quickly.

However, I’m trying to change this.

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There’s recently been a tragic accident involving a child in our community. Though the child went to Little H’s school we didn’t know him or the family personally, but all of the kids and parents have still all been hit quite hard by it.

It’s always sad hearing about a child dying or being seriously ill, but having it happen so close to home affects you a lot more than seeing it on the news.

Even now, weeks later, I can’t stop thinking about this poor family who won’t have a child to buy presents for this Christmas. Who don’t have their child to read bedtime stories to every night, or push on the swings in the park.

I’m trying to think of this when I find myself getting wound up by Little H not listening, or not eating her dinner.

Across the world there must be millions of families wishing they had their son or daughter to moan at about not eating their vegetables.

Rather than getting angry I’m trying to remember that I would rather spend the rest of my life waiting for her to get dressed than not have her here at all. So what if we’re 5 minutes late for school, it’s better than something happening on the way because we’re in a rush.

There’s not much else to this blog post really, except to say be grateful for your tiresome little whingebags because not everyone is that lucky.

Sarah

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26 Comments

  • ljdove23

    Having lost fifteen babies to miscarriage, and one precious son to stillbirth, my gratitude about having four healthy children is just about the only thing that gets me through each, whinge filled, day. With a 1, 2, 3 and 12 year old we are never short of whinges and god knows what the neighbours must think with the amount of screaming they do, but I’m so utterly grateful that we were so lucky because if it wasn’t for that gratitude, I may have packed a bag and scarpered!! #stayclassymama

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    • Sarah | Digital Motherhood

      You’re a very strong lady to have gone through all that. It’s true isn’t it, even after a few minutes away from whingeing kids you miss them and can’t be apart for long xx

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    • Lucy's Locket

      I thought I had misread your comment and I had to go back and check. I feel for you. You are amazing and you must be so strong. I’m so glad that you have your precious children xx

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  • Janine

    This is so true and when a tragedy happens it really does put things into perspective. I’m just about to go in and check on my kids as I do every night and I will hug them a title tighter tonight.

    (Unhinged mummy stopping by from #stayclassymama).

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  • claire

    This is a heartbreaking post. We just spent 3 nights in hospital with our 3-month-old as he had bronchiolitis and needed oxygen support. I am sad to say since being out of the hospital again I have not been as grateful as I should have. Thank you for reminding me with a little perspective. xxx #stayclassymama

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  • Jessica Foley

    It’s amazing how fortunate we really are to have our little people. I lose my patience a lot too – it’s just not my strong suit. But I love my kiddos like crazy and I can’t imagine not having them in my life. Thanks for the reminder to cherish every day.
    #StayClassyMama

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  • claire

    This post is just as awesome the second time I’m reading it as the first, gonna share it everywhere! back from #sharingthebloglove

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  • Lisa Pomerantz

    Great post. It is hard to believe that it takes a tragic moment for us to realize how awesome we have it. Thanks for this reminder. My thoughts and hearts to the family so hurt this season. #stayclassymama xoxo

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    • Sarah | Digital Motherhood

      It is, it shouldn’t take a tragedy to stop me getting annoyed with my child. Unfortunately, like many important things in life, we take our kids for granted sometimes x

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  • Katy - Hot Pink Wellingtons

    Sometimes it takes a tragedy to hit home and make us appreciate what we have. I know I’m definitely guilty of getting frustrated with my son, patience is definitely not one of my strengths. I’m off to pick him up from nursery in a bit and will give him a bigger hug than normal tonight, and not wish the hours away until bedtime. Thanks for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove

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  • Emma T

    It’s definitely a reminder to think about what we have with our children. #sharingthebloglove

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  • mackenzieglanville

    Yes we get lost in the moment of whinging because let’s face it with kids it is hard, and exhausting. I think because we complain or loose patience in no way means we are not grateful. I used to beat myself up about it, I felt so guilty for moaning when Aspen was a newborn and cried so much and I got hardly any sleep for the first 6 months, I felt like how can I complain when I had lost 2 babies before her and I loved her more than life! But I eventually reapplied that being tired was hard and it in no way diminished my love for her or my gratitude for her. Sometimes now when Adam is driving me nuts as 7 year old boys do I get frustrated, then this last week I watched him struggle to breathe due to an asthma attack and all I wished for was my noisy boy back! Illness and Death does put things into perspective that’s for sure! #sharingthebloglove

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  • Themotherhub.ie

    We’d all do well to remember this – it can be hard amidst life’s stresses and strains. .we all need to take a step back and I speak as someone with zero patience who shouts at my kids way more than I should, and I hate it #stayclassymama

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  • Kimberley | Oh Just My Little Blog

    Oh how sad. It’s so hard to think past that moment when you’re in a rush isn’t it x #KCACOLS

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  • Laura - dear bear and beany

    Its so easy to get caught up in your own life and then something happens that brings it all home. I definitely need to have more patience with my girls and I try hard every day on this. Thanks for the reminder that life is precious, no matter what that life is, at least we have it. Thank you for joining us at #SharingtheBlgoLove x

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  • Lucy's Locket

    I saw a card in the shop today that said ‘There is always something to be grateful for’. I loved it so I have bought it, framed it and it is in my study to look at each day. Great post! #SharingtheBlogLove

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  • ljdove23

    Returning from #KCACOLS Thank you for linking.

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  • Amie

    It’s so awful when something happens to a child and really does get you to thinking. I’m very much like you with very little patience and really do snap easily which I hate and am too trying to stop this from happening as much #KCACOLS

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  • Laura

    This is so true… sometimes we do get caught in the moment of madness and it’s good to take a step back and just look at how lucky we are #KCACOLS

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  • Helen @Talking_Mums

    This is so true. It so easy to get lost in every chaotic day. Routines, appointment, work, school etc. I too have very little patience and I often have to stop myself from loosing my temper and shouting when actually the problem isn’t really that big a deal! I do find this hard but I’m really trying hard. As yes, we should be grateful to have moaning kids.

    It’s so sad that it takes a tragedy to remind ourselves of this. But what you say is so true.

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  • Jaki

    I think we’re all guilty of this. I can sit and watch programmes like Children In Need and I spend a good few minutes just sat looking at my little one sleeping thanking my lucky stars I have him safe before I go to bed. It can be hard to keep patient but things like this really do bring it home. #sharingthebloglove

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  • Tooting Mama

    It can be hard when you are in the whirlwind of tantrum and moan (just had a whole weekend of this!) but reading this has brought it home. Grateful for every little tantrum and moan! #SharingtheBlogLove

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  • Carolina Twin Mom / Mary Peterson

    We all need reminders like these, don’t we? Each time that I hear of someone losing a child, I ache inside. We ARE so lucky that we have kids to fuss at. Thank you for reminding me to be grateful everyday. #SharingtheBlogLove

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  • Tracey Bowden

    Such a sad post. I’m sure we could all do with remembering this fact at times, I know could #kcacols

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