Whether it includes drawing a relaxing, warm bath (or trying to), quietly reading a favorite book (or trying to) and kissing your little one goodnight, a bedtime routine can be tough on a parent.
In a recent Facebook post that has gone viral, creator of the blog The Honest Toddler and mom of three Bunmi Laditan wrote about one night in particular where all she wanted to do was spend time doing what she wanted, but instead sacrificed her alone time for the sake of her child. Girl, we’ve been there.
“Night time is my time,” she states in the beginning of the post. “While the days are for work, cleaning, and errands, once the last child breathes heavily and steadily in their bed, I come alive in a new way. Silence descends upon my home and I’m free to do whatever I’d like.”
She continues by telling a story of caring for her crying three-year-old son that night long after he’d been put to bed. “I tried all my normal tricks…Nothing worked and I felt that familiar frustration rising. I didn’t want to be here, in his room, battling with the most difficult version of him. I wanted to lie down, read, watch Netflix, or eat something I shouldn’t.”
Bunmi launches further into the night. “If there’s one thing I’ve learned about motherhood it’s that some things can’t be rushed…Children feel when you’re impatient and so they deliberately, infuriatingly, slow down. They can sense when you’re in two places at once and will use every weapon in their arsenal to bring you to the present moment.” After, she described the only thing she could do was to sit by his side and wait.
Check out the full post below for her refreshing honesty.