I quite often wish that my super power was the ability to be able to be invisible or to be able to read people’s mind. That would be pretty awesome!
And you are probably reading this thinking what is Laura on about, superheroes and their powers are not actually real (she whispers quietly so the children don’t hear).
But every single parent out there has super powers. Just getting to the end of a long day when you’ve had tantrums, refusal to eat and a child that’s decided nap time is for wimps, means you are super human. Because those days are tough.
npower have a great campaign, npower Parenting Super Powers, where they are asking parents to share their super powers, we all have one inside us.
My super power is that even on the darkest days of suffering post natal depression, I got myself out of bed. I got my girls their breakfast and got them dressed. Not only that I also got myself showered and dressed every single day, without fail.
There were so many days, that all I wanted to do was hide under the duvet, when I couldn’t see a way past the fog. My husband giving me a kiss and leaving for work, with me resisting the urge to scream ‘don’t go, don’t leave me I can’t do it’.
My girls would never know, yes I may have screamed a bit louder for Alice to put her shoes on, but that’s normal, right? I still put their coat and shoes on, packed the changing bag for the hundredth time and took them out. Determined that my grey day, wouldn’t be a grey day for them.
We would go to the park, to soft play or a local music group. We would meet our friends and the children would play. I would paint that smile on.
It may not be a super power that I wanted, but it was one that I needed.
It’s been two and half years since Holly was born and the grey cloud arrived in my life. Every single day I battled my way through it, determined that my girls wouldn’t know. There are days that I failed and I wasn’t the mum that they deserve. But, I know they are few and far between.
Because my super power is my ability to put them first no matter what…
For some people that is an every day thing that comes naturally. For me there are days that I have to push through a bit more. I’m pleased these days are more infrequent now, the cloud is starting to clear.
There is nothing I wouldn’t do for my girls and I am forever grateful for the super power that I’ve been given. I know that it’s my strong will, determination and willing to be the best mum I can be to my girls that has given me this power and strength.
Every single parent is doing a brilliant job, no matter if you have one child or six children, whether you think what you’ve done is big of small. You are amazing and lets shout about it.
npower want to hear what your parenting super powers are too. Share a video or image of your parenting super powers with npower at familysuperpowers for a chance to win one of three UK theme park resort breaks. That’s a pretty good prize!
I would also love to know what your parenting super power is?
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