There are many days that we choose to celebrate: Mothering Sunday, Fathers day, birthdays, Easter, Christmas, The FA Cup final... the list could go on.
I am a bit of a sucker for these things, well maybe not the last one! It's not that I'm materialistic; quite the opposite. In fact the older I get, the more I'm filled with dread as the shops gear-up for Christmas in the September, and Creme Eggs hit the shelves in January. No, what I mean is I treasure the occasional days where we can just to be thankful. Days when we can pause and reflect.
Back in 2012, the United Nations declared that the Global Day of Parents would be held annually on 1st June. This observance recognises parents' vital role in providing protection and positive development for their children. The UN also noted that parents of every race, religion, culture and nationality in all parts of the world were not only their children's primary caregivers but also their teachers.
Being a parent is tough. I read a number of funny 'mummy' blogs, that demystify the whole parenting lark. To share how it really how it is, because this sharing makes us feel that we are not dealing with it alone.
It is not smiles and roses all day, every day. For example, this past week has been tough for me, as my girls have horrid coughs and asthma. As a result, they have pretty much vomited every night (don't worry, no pics of that)! It means changing the bedclothes, disinfecting, showering them off, all whilst trying to keep the other twin asleep. Hard. And, frankly , rather unpleasant.
However, just a little look, a request for a cuddle, a muttered "I love you, Mummy" makes my day. It makes the tough parts bearable. More than bearable: it makes my life complete. I am trying to teach my girls the best path to take, to protect them and guide them in the best way I can. That is what being a parent is all about.
Happy Global Day of Parents everyone. You're all doing a fabulous job.