Updated: Mar 30
Many words and phrases can define us mums these days. Sadly, some of us may even define ourselves as a ‘bad mum’. Yet what is the best definition for us when we try our utmost best but we just simply can’t feel like we are getting anything right? I believe the only true phrase for any mamma who is trying their all to be the best they can be for themselves and their family is Super-Mum.
Back in December 2013 we officially became one happy blended family, Simon, Leonardo, Donatello and Myself. Very quickly in a matter of 2.5 years we became parents to a further 2 ninja turtles; Raphael and Michelangelo. With four boys trailing behind me like little ducklings everywhere we went, I started getting the label, super mum…
Upon recently googling the definition of Super-Mum, I was a little surprised to see it defines one as “an exemplary or exceptional mother, especially one who successfully manages a home and brings up children while also having a full-time job”. But wait, isn’t being a mum a full-time job in itself? I haven’t had a full-time job since my first born arrived back in 2012, working up till 38 weeks pregnant and I still feel like I have been working full time with four boys. I realise that all mums’ roles are different, our job statuses are different – some working and some not, but more so our children are all different. Some children requiring more care and attention while others believe they are eighteen and ready to live their own life at three!
As a mother of four gorgeous boys, I am told all the time that I am a 'Super-Mum', even on the days when I am a self-confessed ‘Hulk Mum’ having been stripped of all patience and sanity and ready to flip out in some green full body painted number (kidding).
I am told all the time that I am a 'Super-Mum', even on the days when I am a self-confessed ‘Hulk Mum’ having been stripped of all patience and sanity and ready to flip out in some green full body painted number (kidding).
But those people are right... to be a mother in itself is a challenge, let alone four boys and I know I try my best.
Self-doubt is something that gets me, a lot to be fair. Doubting myself as a 'Super-Mum' is the sometimes my default setting. But those positive comments from others can be absolute gold when you need it most.
No matter how challenging the day was with my tribe of ninja turtles each night, when I tuck them into bed and help them say their prayers I am simply warmed by their love and affection towards me, no matter how 'hulk' I’ve been, they still think I am the best mamma in the world.
No matter how 'hulk' I’ve been, they still think I am the best mamma in the world.
Until then, love and blessings to you all,
Hannah is a busy mamma to four energetic boys, raising them alongside her husband Simon in sunny Marlborough, New Zealand. ‘Team Green’ as they are known locally are a blended family, but take it all in their stride treating each of them the same.
With each new addition to the blended family the same question was asked “I bet you were hoping for a girl?” But, in fact, Hannah was always happy to have the extra testosterone racing about the house because she loves raising sons! She enjoys being involved in everything her little men do from sport, school activities, to making forts and teaching them how to bake. Hannah's mission is to raise a team of gentlemen, “I want their future partners to appreciate how they were raised, that would be one of my greatest achievements”.