The Physical vs. Cognitive Stage of Motherhood

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“Mom! You’re not listening!!!” My six-year-old pulls at my sleeve in frustration. He is right. I tuned out mid sentence, when he was telling me something about his new favourite dinosaur. It’s not that I’m not interested, I really am, but we’ve spent the last several hours together, and I just need some personal space. Some personal space to think. Now that he is bigger, I require more frequent breaks from him than I did when he was a baby (or than I do from his baby sister now). Not only that, but the typical challenges of parenting a six year old—setting boundaries, discipline, and so on—are much more of a struggle for me than any of the physical responsibilities tied to parenting an infant.

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2 thoughts on “The Physical vs. Cognitive Stage of Motherhood

  1. Hey, thanks for following my blog! Your blog title caught my eye – Le Petit Prince is my all-time favourite book – so I clicked through, and I’m glad I did because I really enjoyed this piece. It also sounds like you and I have a fair bit in common, so I’m looking forward to reading more of your stuff!

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