Hello Donte and Pepper and anyone reading,
The word respect keeps coming up and it makes sense to me. The concern I have is as I see it my husband does respect me and demand respect for me from our kids. As my friend said recently respect must be earned. I don't feel like I have earned my children's respect to be honest. I'm not really a good mum.
Miss 3 threw my words back at me yesterday... "Oh for goodness sake we have had this discussion". It was equal parts funny and sad. Angry and frustrated seems to be my norm that's not really worth respect.
I suspect what I just wrote may have to do with what happened at Polish school today. I am feeling pretty low about it.
The teacher was telling me a lot of thebparents do not want any English spoken in the class. She said this has caused conflict as some kids need both languages. As she was explaining another parent came up and made it clear not to speak English. She also made it clear my husband was welcome to stay and help because he was useful. The school coordinator was quite firm on the parents saying it is the kids needs not the parents wants that dictate the rules.
But as hubby and I went for a cuppa I felt upset and anxious and angry. That I am not worthy of helping with the kids. He was pretty angry and said we'll give it a few weeks and if I'm not comfortable take them out. But I won't do that.
At pick up I tried a different approach. The other parents left and I cleaned and helped pack up. The teachers were happy.
And one said I can come early next week and mop before the class. And to be honest that hurt. It's not like I need to speak to clean. But in my heart I felt ashamed. That they don't want me there except to do jobs noone else wants to do.
How can my children respect me if they see me treated as if I am less than the other parents?
Hubby told me he was proud of me. That the kids will see that I care and am trying. That I persevere and accept situations that are uncomfortable to help them have more. Maybe they will learn resilience.
It still hurts though.