One outspoken mom blogger has admitted that her love for her children can be tense at times.
Laura Mazza has won tens of thousands of followers for her honest take on the trials and tribulations of parenthood.
The 33-year-old from Melbourne, Australia’s most recent Instagram post she explains exactly how emotionally difficult it can be to raise little ones.
“I just want you to know that if you’re my friend you can say ‘my kids were assholes today’ without a look from me,” she wrote.
“You should feel free to say ‘I want to run away today’ without holding mother of pearl.”
Laura moved on to some of the more difficult parenting moments she’d had that day.
“I broke up fighting today, got frustrated today, raised my voice today, cried, comforted crying, felt guilty, felt happy, felt loved, gave love,” she wrote.
“All in less than 24 hours.
‘It is difficult. It’s difficult for all of us. ‘
She went on to ask why she was never able to say she didn’t feel like cooking tonight, or that “reading with my kids makes me want to poke my eyes out.”
The post ended with an appeal to equally overburdened parents not to feel bad for being less than perfect at times.
“I want you to know that with me, you can say that and I will never think that you don’t love or appreciate your kids,” Laura wrote.
“Ruined all perfectionist attitudes, and the grateful optimism ‘oh my kids are blessings 24/7.’
“It doesn’t mean we don’t love our kids, it doesn’t mean we aren’t grateful – but we get to vent.
‘Cause you know what’s even harder than raising kids?
“Pretend it’s not difficult.”
Laura’s post clearly raised something with fellow mothers.
One woman wrote: “Yes, 100% I love my daughter, but she is working so hard.
“I want another kid and I know it’s going to be challenging, (but) at the end of the day it’s worth it, even if some days are worthless.”
Another added: “YESSSSSSS to this.
So glad someone can tell you about the 8pm cereal meal. You are the best’