Thursday, 19 January 2017

War and Peace: A Good Night Reflection

Every day is a constant battle.

"Keep still while I'm trying to get you dressed!"

"Don't throw your breakfast on the floor!"

"Hurry up and put your coat on. We've got to go! Now!"

"Don't snatch! Say sorry! Give it back!"

"Eat your fruit! No you can't have another biscuit!"

"Don't stand on the chair!"

"Don't play with the radiator!"

"Keep out of the bin!"

"Don't put that in the loo!"

"I mean it!"

"Keep still! Don't touch it! Stop doing that! Put it down! Now!"

"Finish your supper!"

"Don't splash the water out of the bath! Don't touch the taps! Brush your teeth!"

"Time for bed! Say, 'Good Night'! No more stories! Lie down! Go to sleep!"

"I mean it!"

Peace at last.

The white flag is raised.

That innocent little creature sleeping there looks so harmless. It must be friend not foe.

Why must we be enemies all day? Locked in this constant battle of wills?

If I could have this day again I'd be on your side. I'd laugh and play and join in the fun. I wouldn't lose my temper.

I almost want to wake you up right now so we can enjoy this truce together. Almost...

Good Night little one. Sleep well my love. Get your rest.

For tomorrow the war will rage on.

One Messy Mama
The Secret Diary of Agent Spitback


  1. Oh I feel your frustration - it is exactly the same in our house and sometimes makes me feel a little sad at the end of a lovely day. x #stayclassymama

  2. Such a beautiful poem. One that I completely 100% can relate to. For me the battle is so intense that I start having horrible thoughts like why did I do this to myself (becoming a mum I mean lol) but like you said, seeing them asleep gets rid of any stressed feeling and I'm ready to reset and start again too :) #fortheloveofBLOG

  3. Love this, so true! #globalblogging x

  4. yes! White flag is up and waving furiously over here- and it is nine am!

  5. There can never be too many exclamation marks in parenting, but all is (almost) forgotten once they're peacefully sleeping. As long as they sleep through the night though! #GlobalBlogging

  6. Oh God this is my day entirely, I was nodding my head reading along to this. I hope it gets easier as they get older. Thanks for linking up at #fortheloveofBLOG. Claire x

  7. I have a couple of white flags hidden around the house, in case of an emergency :) .. Great read! Thank you for sharing on #globalblogging!

  8. I try and step back from the war sometimes, it's hard but it must be done. I realise I'm not enjoying or appreciating the moment (ah here we go talking about cherishing these moments, it's true but I hear it all the time and it's difficult to accept / do). Anyway I try, so can completely relate to this. Thanks for sharing with #stayclassymama!