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  1. Northumberland Mam

    Very wise words!
    I worry so much about everything including the kids….Last week someone asked what I was giving up for Lent and I said worrying about things I have no control over! I am trying hard, worrying less and I have found myself smiling and laughing more….

  2. raisiebay

    That's fabulous, I would love to give up worrying, it's never ending, but smiling more and worrying less about the things you have no control over helps a lot x

  3. pinkpearbear

    What a wise and insightful post. You're absolutely right in all that you say and I think that you are clearly doing a great job with all of your children. Thanks for being part of the #bigpinklink

  4. Lisa__Deller

    Very true words indeed. I'm pretty laid back and tend just to cross bridges when they turn up. I hope that the girls will make the right choices, but I know sometimes they won't and when that happens I will be there to help them back up and get back on track. Being a mum is a tough job, but I think we're all doing ok #MMBC

  5. rebeccabeesley

    what great quotes about the rocking chair and stopping enjoying the good. Reading this I don't know how you did it either – well actually I do – you are an amazing, strong, caring, wonderful woman.

  6. beautybabyandme

    I am a born worrier and it's hard to stop that. It's about balance I guess – I'll always worry about my children. It's a Mums prerogative xx #candidcuddles

  7. angiemwebster77

    Trying not to worry is an impossibility isn't it. My children are 19,17,5 & 2 and each bring their own set of worries and challenges. As a mum I have to be up to the job but sometimes it's tough. Thanks for linking up with #TuesdayTreasures

  8. debsrandomwritings

    Hi Anne, I love the rocking chair analogy. At the end of the day, it is nature over nurture. I believe that as parents we are here to be there and guide our children through their younger years until they are old enough and confident enough to take over the reigns. I learned pretty early to that other people's advice only confused me and made me fret, so once I realised that I followed my gut feeling. I won't say it lessened the worry, but by following my gut I knew the reasons behind my actions and it wasn't because someone else told me so. It gave me room to learn and grow as a person and parent. Parenting isn't a case of one cap fits all, parents and children are all different and the way they interact is different.

    How you coped raising two children and working full time on your own is beyond me, but it sounds as if you did a good job.

    xx

  9. raisiebay

    So true Deb, you can't really do better than listening to your own gut feeling, at least then you understand why you have done things the way you have. Parenting does make you grow as a person and it certainly isn't the same for everyone.
    When I was younger I once had three jobs while caring for my kids, I had to do them part time so I could spend as much time with them as possible. It was really hard when I lost the support of my family, I look back and have no idea how I coped. Thankfully it was shortly after that, that I met my current husband.

    xx

  10. The UnNatural Mother

    I think it's only natural to worry 24/7. It's just all part of the wonderful tapestry that is motherhood.#Postsfromtheheart

  11. RachelSwirl

    I need to stop worrying a little… move with the flow a bit and try and relax. Thanks for joining in with #TuesdayTreasures

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