It’s hard to feel inspired as a parent when it’s 3AM in the morning and your child just won’t go to sleep (or stay asleep). It’s especially frustrating when the reason why your children are awake is because you flushed the toilet and that was what disturbed them. There’s a fire alarm going off next door for three hours, no worries, while a small flush from the toilet can be like setting off a bomb.
After a chat with a friend of mine on the perils of parenthood, I thought of some of the most wonderful quotes on parenthood I know. I hope that you find these inspiring or at least to make you laugh or sigh when all you want to do is cry. Some are related to twins, the others related to parenthood in general.
On Tough Times
“The days are long, but the years are short.” Gretchen Rubin, The Happiness Project.
On Doing the Right Thing
“When the Crystal Meth is offered, May she remember the parents who cut her grapes in half And stick with Beer.” Tina Fey, Bossypants.
On Early Days of Parenthood
“She was an alien, really – a sort of eating, pooping, tantrum machine – and he didn’t understand anything about her species.” Christopher Moore, Author
“Being a parent is dirty and scary and beautiful and hard and miraculous and exhausting and thankless and joyful and frustrating all at once. It’s everything. (Confessions of a Scary Mommy, Gallery Books 2012).”
“If John Lennon was right that life is what happens when you’re making other plans, parenthood is what happens when everything is flipped over and spilling everywhere and you can’t find a towel or a sponge or your “inside” voice.” Kelly Corrigan, Lift
“Mothers are all slightly insane.” J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye
“Somebody stomp on him before he spreads.” My grandmother Alice (about my brother).
“Remember, the more horrifying the experience, the better the story.” Fellow twin mom of grown twin boys.
“No, no sleep. You’re just always tired. I don’t understand how people cheat once they have kids. I don’t have enough energy to fool around. I told my wife: You ever catch me in another woman’s bed, I’m just there to take a nap.” Wanda Sykes.
“Having twins gives you the permission to be the parent you want to be, not the one you think you should be.” Someone to me in the early haze of babydom
*This is an excerpt from a post on my blog. Read the entire post click here.
SaraBeth is a Toronto based writer. Her blog Multiple Momstrosity was named one on Toronto Mom Now’s 2012 Top 30 Mom Blogs. She is a two-time veteran of the Three Day Novel Writing Contest. She lives in The Junction with her husband and fraternal toddler twins (Molly & Jack).