The Tough Parts Of Parenting


As I type this I am currently sat in children’s a&e with a poorly H. 12pm and waiting for a doctor seems like a never ending outcome. As he struggles for breath I realise this, right here has to be the hardest part of being a parent. I’m looking around and I see the fear in every parents face and I know that I am not the only one who is feeling scared.

H had quite a severe attack in the summer and it resulted in a mad dash to hospital in an ambulance. The diagnosis was an allergic reaction. All weekend he has said to me he hasn’t felt good, he had a headache and was feeling under the weather. I gave him medicine and let it be.

Fast forward to 11pm and I can hear a little boy fighting for breath. The sound every parent dreds. A sharp cry and rattly rasps were not of the ordinary. We decided to have him in our bed and I lay there for over 20 minutes listening to him hoping it would get better. I knew better and I knew I should of done it straight away. I called for help, those dreaded three numbers.

We were being seen to quickly and the diagnosis was a trip to the hospital again. I decided to drive this time as getting home was pretty horrendous last time. I arrived and my heart sank at the amount of young children that took up the children’s a&e. It was going to be a long wait. It was a long wait.

5 hours of waiting and a diagnosis of Croup. We arrive back home at 4:30 and with very little sleep, mummy duties continue. School runs and back home looking after a very tired, sick little boy.

These parts of parenting are hard, helpless and the moments I find the toughest. It puts your parenting skills to the test and when you come out the other side you realise just how difficult being a parent is.

But would I change it? Never…



  1. December 1, 2015 / 12:19 pm

    I am so sorry to hear H has been poorly. It I such a scary time when your Child is ill, especially when you aren’t sure what is wrong. I always feel so helpless and a little out of my depth. It is tough. Hope he feels better soon. He is very lucky to have such a caring Mummy! x

    • December 1, 2015 / 12:28 pm

      Thank you! It’s definitely one of those times where parenting is put to the test..

  2. December 1, 2015 / 12:34 pm

    Oh dear I hope H is feeling better soon! That must’ve been so frightening for both of you.

    Bubs was rushed to A&E in October and was also diagnosed with croup. It’s terrifying seeing them fighting for every breath and to know that there’s nothing you can do but wait to be seen. As you say parenting it tough but we wouldn’t change it for the world.

    • December 1, 2015 / 12:36 pm

      Poor Bubs, it really is so frightening, not only for us, but for the little ones..

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