This is a Mother’s Verse – I am the parent of a difficult child.

They can make your heart double; they can make your heart break.

They can allow you to expand, until the stretch makes you shake.

They spend their days exploring and questioning,

They see a boundary; it sets a challenge in their mind.

You spend your days questioning and self-analysing,

Reaching for every parenting resource written and spoken you can find.

That is the parent of a difficult child.


The child does not see that anything damaging is being done,

Whether it is something broken or someone.

All they want is to test their will, to win and have fun,

All you feel is judged and a failure and wishing for sleep that may never come.

That is the parent of a difficult child.


You hear, it will get better or we could do this or that,

You hear that your friends having play dates that you were not at.

You are exhausted and have begun to yell,

All in all, some days are just hell.

That is the parent of a difficult child.


You think the world and your child hates you; they don’t.

You start to feel like there is no hope.

There are glimmers of joy, and sometimes pride,

There are also times when humiliation just makes you want to hide.

That is the parent of a difficult child.


So is there hope? So is there an answer to why?

I think there is, and you know it underneath the silent tears your cry.

A difficult child is just one that is brave,

I think these children are so much more than how they behave.


They do not mean to hurt, to isolate or demean,

They are just being who they were meant to be.

So the world isn’t quite ready for their demands of change,

The world is learning to adapt, but only through their rage.

This leaves you wondering why this child picked you,

They picked you because there is a warrior spirit inside you too.

That is the parent of a difficult child.


Some days will be good, some will not.

Some day’s people will support you and others they’re gone.

None of this will matter anymore to you now.

You now know that this child needs you to be 100 per cent,

They need you to be focused and present.

This is a parent of a difficult child.


It is time to bend their will, no longer attempting to break their spirit.

It is time to create a world that will be happy and comfortable to have them in it.

You know you can, and so do they.

They trust your love for them so much, what else is there to say.

That is the parent of a difficult child.


So take up the challenge, become battle ready,

This is a fight you can only do, slow and steady.

They believe in you and so do I,

There will be no more try.

There is only I was born to do this, I can, and I will,

This is my most important mission, and I am ready for the thrill.


So there you have it,

The time has come,

To wear your banner proudly,

I am a wonderful Dad or Mum,



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  • A very touching poem, thank you.


  • sorry, not a fan of this writing. It does not flow at all.


  • Beautiful Poem. I was one of these parents many years ago. My child has grown up to be a beautiful caring man that I am very proud of. To all that are going through this now, I commend you & wish the best for you & your child.


  • I bet everyone can relate to this


  • A most inspiring poem for those who have difficult children.
    Sometimes difficult children grow into difficult adults – be prepared for perhaps a long, long road.
    You will succeed – just hang in there.


  • Lovely and inspiring for parents who have those difficult children.


  • Omg this was beautiful it made me cry I have a difficult and I can relate thank thank you xo


  • So true. I like the “warrior spirit” part.


  • So true it is hard to remember this when your child is in the middle of a meltdown


  • I have a difficult child too, a child that I can feel but wont stay until he tells me. he uses his younger sister as a security blanket, without his sister, he would struggle even more. wither the child may be difficult or not, having a child is challenging everyday. a great poem to remind parents that they are not alone but keep being strong.


  • This reminds me so much of a couple of Mums I know with special needs children. It is very difficult if you have a child who is very withdrawn – not just shy – who very rarely communicates – doesn’t seem to have the ability to interect with others even though you are taking him/her to therapy sessions and have been for a couple of years.


  • Beautifully written and I can relate as I had a child that was some teachers pet hate!, Told him not to fight any more one day as I took him to school, He promised he would not break this golden rule, later that day picked him up bruise ,clothes tattered and torn, I said you promised only this morn. I did not fight he said pulling at his ripped shirt. Two kids were fighting and I pulled them apart,then they turned on me and I was hit and thrown in the dirt!!Have to say my heart was hurt. This is him with his Nan as little boy, to Her he really was her pride and joy


  • i loved this, will share, thankyou xx


  • I think all parents will relate to this in some way or another.
    I think the parent of a difficult child, relate to this often
    Well written


  • I think this poem relates to all kids, not just particularly difficult kids, as all kids can be difficult at times. I’m sure all parents of all kids can empathise with this poem


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