The evidence is out there, we’re all doing our best;
Whilst touring around our Italian campsite for two weeks on our summer holiday I was lucky enough to be able to witness a range of nationalities; German, Dutch, Swiss, Italian, British, Polish and many others. It turns out that Venice is easily accessible to lots of countries!
What struck me most was not how different we all were as families, but how remarkably all the same we are! All I saw were parents across Europe all doing their best to raise their family.
Turns out the same conversations are going on around the globe that you are having in your very own home.
- The German 10 year old is being reprimanded by his parents over a lost hat? “where did you last have it?”
- The Italian 4 year old is being shouted at for not looking where he was going on his bike.
- The Swiss toddler is crying and wriggling, wanting down from her Dad’s arms.
- The Dutch five year old is being told off in the restaurant for swinging on his chair
- The British teenager is embarrassed by her dad’s dancing
- Preschoolers from every nation are persistently being told not to throw sand.
- 14 year old Polish lads are in bother for booting footballs high and landing them on parasols
- Children universally are not wanting to have sun cream applied
- Every European little one is loosing it over late nights and too much sun.
So while you might think you’re the only ones dealing with this sort of shizzle, then rest assured you’re not. The same convos are going on around the world, the same little battles over mealtimes are being fought, the same exasperated faces from parents are being shaped. For this is parenting.
I found the whole experience completely reassuring! You are not alone Mamas, the rest of the world stands with you in your parenting highs and lows!
So next time I’m stuck thinking, why does everyone else’s child put their shoes on when they’re asked?! I’ll think back to my Italian campsite and think of my European counterparts dealing with the exact same situation themselves and be relieved, in the knowledge it’s not just me it’s universal, across the globe!
For doing all these things, fighting all these battles, sharing right and wrong with your children is just called being a good parent. In whatever language you speak!
If you want to see some pretty pictures of our holiday – and there were obviously some good times! Ha! They you can read this post all about it. Five go camping in Venice.