As we know parenting is both rewarding and at the same time pretty demanding, this is a poem about the contradiction that parenting can be.

I love you with all my heart

So much it’s a physical pain.

Sometimes you really piss me off

And sometimes you drive me insane.

I look at you and want to hold you,

And squeeze you with all of my strength.

Your screaming makes me clench my teeth

And want to keep you at arms length.

You light up my day with a smile,

You make me happy and feel complete.

I hate it when you shout demands,

Tantrum and stamp your feet.

I am now so fiercely protective,

For all of you I’d give my soul.

You’ve ruined my face and my body,

Child rearing has taken its toll.

You all make me roar with laughter,

You all make my heart burst with pride.

When I have to ask you for the hundredth time,

I’m screaming profanities on the inside.

I watch you when you are sleeping,

Sometimes it’s hard to walk away.

Why do you have to wake me at six,

Every single fucking day.

My life has never been so crazy,

So loud and not my own.

But I’m completely and utterly besotted,

No matter how much I may moan!

Can you relate? Please share in the comments below.

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  • Love it! How very true, thanks.


  • Thanks for sharing your poem. clearly this speaks words to you


  • Welcome to my world so well said


  • The Joys of Motherhood.
    Many times I have used the saying “Welcome to my home life” after a hectic day.
    It is more fun minding other peoples kids. You can return them to their parents,
    but I do take full responsiblity seriously. I love it when they sleep all night.
    Men comment that they work all day. What do they think we do?
    Have good days and some not so good, where the children show you love one minute, and the next one are demanding something I don’t have or are not allowed to have.


  • i love this poem very much! lol


  • love this! Speaks the truth of being a mother :)


  • What a great piece of humour – and so true!


  • Spot on :)


  • Lovely, lovely poem – so heartfelt and so true.


  • What a true and heartfelt poem. Parenting brings up so many mixed emotions. I think you’ve nailed it.


  • Thats so brilliant and oh so true.
    My husband used to drive me crazy on days that I would get the kids into bed and then say “thank god…they have been driving me insane today”….and he would say “well you wanted kids”…..omg…he is so lucky I didnt actually murder him.


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