They say that having children gives you a new level of respect for your parents and all the suffering you put them through in your youth.
"I don’t think I fully appreciated my mum until I became a mother myself"
I have to say I completely agree! There have been many occasions where I find myself wondering how my mum coped with looking after three kids under five years old.
Not only that, but she didn’t drive when we were really young. We’d get buses into town, meaning Mum would have to juggle the weekly shop and three mischievous munchkins who were usually bickering or up to no good. Giorgie, now 34, and I were definitely sulky teenagers well before our time – we certainly didn’t make it any easier for her.
I can’t imagine how difficult it must have been for my mum. But somehow she managed magnificently, and on the days when we were really challenging – and her reprimanding hissing didn’t work – she’d call a halt to the mission and get us on the bus home.
Some days I don’t feel like I’m coping – and I’ve got life so much easier in comparison. I’ve only got two children, for a start. More importantly, I buy most of my groceries online. In fact, I try to do as much shopping as I can on the internet in an attempt to make life easier for myself – and I still find it difficult sometimes. We all do.
I don’t think I fully appreciated my mum until I became a mother myself. I’m incredibly thankful that our parents provided us with a wonderful, happy childhood and were so supportive – and I’m now striving to do the same for Buzz and Buddy. So, Happy Mother’s Day to my amazing mum, Kim Falcone!
As for my own Mother’s Day celebrations, I’ll be more than chuffed with a cheeky lie-in, breakfast under the duvet and a family walk… and then a glass of wine once the boys have gone to bed!