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Parenting from the other side

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Like most devoted Mummies, I’m sure you can relate to the streams of endless photographs and videos you take of your child.

I’m sure you watch on a super excited homecoming welcome for Daddy after the end of a long day.

I’m sure you can relate to trying to battle with a toddler to get them to look at the iPad to FaceTime Nana, rather than lick the screen.

I am sure that although you take 20 photos a day, your own face is very rarely in any of them.

I’m sure that you get the arts and crafts out to paint pictures to send to Grandparents or make homemade birthday cards. And then have to tidy it all away again.

It’s fair to say that even if you have a very hands-on Daddy in your house, it often feels like other people get the benefit of your ‘everyday’ parenting; they get the good bits. You get them too, but also get all of the other more mundane bits.


So when Lady P recently spent the weekend with her Daddy and my in-laws, I got a glimpse of parenting from the other side.

I got to hear what she sounds like talking down the other end of the phone.

I got to FaceTime her and see her excited little smile.

I got to see photos (that I didn’t take) being added to Facebook.

And I got to come home to her and get those excited little cuddles.

Mummy’s back!

Although I hate being away from Lady P, and can honestly say it’s only been a handful of times, sometimes I think it’s a good thing – for both of us.

For me, I get to be a little of the person I once was, either popping out to the shops or drinks with friends without having to worry about what to bring for a little person.

For her, she gets time with other members of our family or friends, and gets spoilt absolutely rotten.

For both of us, we miss each other like crazy but then get those amazing excited feelings when we are to be reunited again.

I wouldn’t want it to be too regular though!

Reunited for cuddles with my girl

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I miss my kids when they are away, but it is nice to have that break. I know exactly what you mean, we are always making hand made BDAY cards and presents for daddy and grandparents but forget about ourselves #fartglitter

Squirmy Popple

It can be really nice to have some time to yourself, even if it’s just for a few hours. Even a solo trip to the supermarket is pretty exciting! That being said, I love it when I come home from work and my daughter runs up to me with a smile and gives me a hug. #DreamTeam

Roots and Wings Parenting

Awww this is lovely. I didn’t think of it like that. It nice to be on the receiving end of that isn’t it. Hope you get some nice home made cards soon. My daughter’s heading off to pre-school so I’m sure she’ll be making thighs for me for a change.

Rhyming with Wine

Just the idea of “popping” anywhere must be heaven? I know what you mean about a little time to yourself sometimes being all that you need. It’s nice to get the chance to miss each other occasionally as it make you appreciate them all the more when they’re back. Lovely post. #DreamTeam x


Thats so true! I work from home so I’m with my toddler all day long, so when I do have rare time away from him its so strange to see pictures of him away from me! 🙂 It’s important to have that time to just be YOU isnt it, albeit very rare in this house! 🙂 #tuesdaytreasures


I need some time for myself as well. I think every Mum should have it from time to time. When I was reading beginning of your post I realised that I dont have a lot of pictures with my baby:( #TuesdayTreasures


It’s great getting time away from the kids !! Not just great but essential – and it is so lovely to be welcomed back with open arms and excited faces #stayclassymama

Lydia C. Lee

Nice post. Interesting perspective too #Stayclassymama

Lucy At Home

I like this post! I rarely get time away from my kids, and wonder what it must be like ‘on the other side’. Hubby is suggesting a weekend away soon though (it’s my birthday) so maybe I’ll get my chance soon! Lovely photo, by the way 🙂 #TheList

Marija Smits

A lovely post; your love for your daughter shines through. 🙂 #WhatI’mWriting

mama, my kid doesnt poop rainbows

Aw, very cute. I think a bit of me time is essential for my mental health. 😁



Awww, such a lovely post, full of love! I love having some time apart from my kids but being reunited with them is the best! Thanks for linking to #WhatImWriting


oh bless I find it so hard to be away from my kids too, such a lovely post x

An imperfect mum (Catie)

I think we really need the mental health breaks that me time gives us. Well done you for putting your needs first for once! Thank you for linking up to #ablogginggoodtime 🎉

You Baby Me Mummy

Aww I love this. I know what you mean, it can be difficult to let go, but when you do it is a nice break – just not for too long. Thanks for linking up to #TheList x

A Cornish Mum

It’s lovely when they miss you 🙂 Thanks for linking up to #PicknMix hope to see you there again tomorrow 🙂

Stevie x