I try to be the mummy who treats you with respect,
Who listens your point of view and doesn’t interject.
I try to be the mummy who wears a happy smile,
Who calmly deals with each mishap and nothing seems to rile.
I try to be the mummy who always keeps composure,
Who deftly floats above the chaos, and keeps it all together.
I try to be the mummy who easily forgives,
Who doesn’t hold a grudge or shout unladylike expletives.
I try to be the mummy who’s constantly consistent;
Firmly setting boundaries but infinitely patient.
I try to be the mummy who gives her full attention,
Who praises all your efforts and showers you with affection.
I try to be the mummy who doesn’t raise her voice,
Who keeps her cool, and simply, calmly highlights the bad choice.
I try to be the mummy who keeps track of everything;
Assembly, P.E., the day your homework is due in.
I try to be the mummy who shows body confidence,
To inspire you to love your skin with conscious, proud acceptance.
I try to be the mummy who is positive, upbeat,
Who sees the good in everyone and won’t admit defeat.
I try to be the mummy who speaks proudly of herself
To show that you can be proud too and need to love yourself.
I try to be the mummy that you can trust completely,
Who always tells the truth and loves you wholly, unconditionally.
I try to be the mummy, oh the mummy you deserve
Who gets it spot on every time and never frays a nerve.
I try so hard, my little one. I’m trying every day
To parent you the best I can and lead you the right way.
But sometimes (often) it doesn’t work. You’ve noticed this, I’m sure.
I shout and scream and mess it up. I feel like such a failure.
And when I’ve yelled my piece at you and sent you to your room,
I crumble to the floor and the guilt starts to consume.
I know that you need discipline and I know that that’s my job
“But I wish I could be better; more controlled when cross,” I sob.
I know that you are watching and the way I act, you’ll copy.
If I fly off the handles, I must expect you to be stroppy.
Each day I wake with new resolve to be the perfect parent,
To be the mum I want to be and relish every moment.
I know that it’s not possible and often I will stray
But I try to be the mum who keeps on trying anyway.