I’ve been involved in many blogging awards in my time writing. From the Versatile Blogger Award to the Sunshine Blogger Award. I’ve enjoyed being a part of them so much that I decided to make my own. This one is called the Parenting Alphabet Challenge. The idea is to use all 26 letters of the alphabet to describe what parenting means to you. Here are the rules for the challenge..
- Tag the blogger that nominated you
- Use a word starting with all 26 letters of the alphabet to describe what parenting is like for you
- Nominate 10 other bloggers to complete the challenge next
- Have fun doing it!
These are the only rules you need for this one. It’s a quick little activity to remind you of all the challenges and experiences that parenting brings. Here are the answers that I’ve written. I bet you can relate to most of them.
Parenting Alphabet Challenge
A for Adventure
Parenting is full of amazing adventures. From the very first moment you arrive home after the birth, your whole life is one giant adventure that you are constantly learning on. Enjoy every second of it.
B for Bravery
Being a parent brings you plenty of opportunities to be brave. Being brave to change that first nappy. Feed them their first ever bottle. To decide decisions for them on a daily basis. Every decision that you make for your child will have a direct impact on them. You just need to be brave enough to make them.
C for Chaos
Parenting brings chaos. For a first time parent especially. Nobody has a clue what’s going on with the first child. It’s just complete chaos. Your child is screaming. You have no idea what’s wrong with them. You turn to look at your partner for help and they have started crying. There’s moments in a parent’s life where you just have to embrace the chaos.
D for Disgusting
Children can be downright disgusting! Constantly picking their noses and scratching their bums. You need to have a strong gag reflex to be a parent. Some of the things you see and smell will turn your stomach.
E for Exhausting
Everybody tells you beforehand how exhausting parenting is, but you never really listen. How tiring can it really be? Everyone is just being dramatic. Turns out it is as exhausting as people say. More so in fact. I’ve never been so tired in my whole life.
F for Frustration
Parenting brings with it so much frustration. Why won’t my child sleep past 5am? Why do they feel the need to throw food at every mealtime? These are some of the questions that parents ask themselves on a daily basis. Children are frustrating. They never listen and they will do whatever they want, when they want.
G for Giving
As a parent, you find that you give a lot. Pretty much everything in fact. You would give your child your last breath which will always be the case. I’ve found from my own experience, that the more you give to your child, the more that you get back out of it. You can never give a child too much love and attention. Austin gets plenty of both and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
H for Happiness
Although being a parent is hard, it also brings with it a lot of happiness. That moment when they are first born and you hold them in your arms for the very first time. That moment is magical. It’s hard to explain the joy and emotion that you feel. Pure happiness.
I for Isolation
Parenting can make you feel isolated. There have been times in my own parenting journey when you look around for help, and there’s nobody there. It’s just you and the baby. This is when isolation can really take over and it can make you depressed. I’m very lucky to have the most amazing support system around me. I’m never short of help and I always have someone there when I need them.
J for Juggling
It’s hard trying to juggle everything at once. Trying to look after a baby, whilst succeeding at your career, all whilst maintaining a relationship. Not to mention the housework, and sorting out finances. It’s very easy for life to get on top of you. The hardest part for me has been making time for my relationship with all the time that parenting takes up.
K for Kicking
Why do little boys feel the need to kick so much? Austin has been a kicker since he was in the womb. I’m hoping we have a little footballer in the making. I’ll never forget the day that Amy was changing Austin’s nappy and he kung-fu kicked her in the throat. I tried not to laugh, I really did!
L for Learning
As a parent you are constantly learning. Lets face it, as a first time parent I had no idea what I was doing at the start. You learn as you go along, and you learn from your mistakes. I’m always learning new things about parenting even now with Austin nearly 18 months old. There’s also the journey that your child experiences, learning everything they need to know about life. They never stop learning too.
M for Motivation
Everyone has experienced them days when you just don’t want to parent. After a rough night of sleep. A crying baby. Emotions are running high. I think these are the days when you really have to show your inner strength. Parenting is hard! It’s okay to have a day where motivation is low. It doesn’t make you any less capable of being a good parent.
N for NO
A child and parent’s favourite word. You find yourself using the word ‘NO’ in every other sentence. Especially when your child hits the stage of being more independent and curious. They are constantly exploring things they shouldn’t be. Hot ovens and cupboards full of food are Austin’s favourites.
O for Overwhelming
Especially at the beginning, parenting really can be overwhelming. It really does hit you when you bring your baby home from the hospital. You now have this tiny human living with you and you are completely responsible for it. The overwhelming phase does pass with time. Although there are always moments along the way that surprise you.
P for Patience
Children require a lot of patience. They can be frustrating little creatures as discussed earlier. As a new parent, I found that the more patience that I had, the easier it was to calm down certain situations where Austin was upset. It was so easy to get angry and lose patience, but taking a step back and processing what was happening was something I learnt to do.
Q for Questions
When children get to a certain age, the questions never stop. Working in a nursery with 3 year olds has taught me that. However for me, the questions come from myself. I’m always asking myself questions like…am I being a good dad? Is my child happy? Is what I’m doing right? Most of the time I don’t get given any answers, but it’s natural for parents to questions themselves.
R for Rewarding
There are so many rewarding moments as a parent. Every time Austin hit a milestone, I felt a sense of achievement myself. His first steps. His first words. Every little milestone that he hit was such a rewarding experience.
S for Smell
Some of the smells that come from babies is horrendous. How can something so small make such a stink? It gets worse as they get older too. The poo’s get twice as big, and twice as smelly.
T for Tantrums
Every parent loves a good tantrum from their child. One of the many joys of parenthood. Austin’s tantrums usually stem from the fact that he isn’t allowed to put his bare hands on a turned on oven door. Or when he’s not allowed to climb the stairs by himself. We really are mean parents I know.
U for Understaffed
Parents are seriously understaffed. Surely there should be a team of dedicated workers on hand to look after a baby. One to entertain them, one to cook their dinner and one to run around cleaning up. It’s a lot of work just for one person.
V for Victory
It’s the small victories that are the sweetest. When Austin sleeps through the night for a change. Or eats all his dinner without tipping his plate onto the floor. It’s these moments where you do a little fist pump and enjoy it knowing that it probably won’t happen again for a while.
W for Wipes
The most important part of a parent’s armory. A pack of wipes can solve pretty much anything. A runny nose. An explosive nappy. Whatever life throws at you, you have your pack of wipes there. Never leave the house without them! The Swiss army knife of the parenting world.
X for (E)Xciting
Okay so I couldn’t come up with a word that actually begins with X so this will have to do. Parenting can be exciting. Especially for the first few weeks until you realise how hard it actually is. Enjoy that period. It’s all hard work from there.
Y for Yawn
YAWWNNN! Is it time for bed yet? The tiredness is the hardest part about parenting for me. The lack of sleep is a killer at the beginning, and I can’t say it gets much better as they get older. I find myself constantly yawning throughout the day.
Z for Zombie
It can’t just be me that walks around like a zombie after a bad night’s sleep? I used to think I was tired before I became a parent. I’d like to go back in time and punch that version of myself in the face for being so ridiculous.
Now it’s time to nominate some other bloggers to take part. All of the writers that I have nominated are brilliant writers and amazing people. They deserve a bit of recognition. Here’s who I have nominated…
I’m hoping that the Parenting Alphabet Challenge will take off because I really enjoyed doing it. Hopefully other parents will enjoy taking part too.