For as long as I can remember I always knew that I wanted to be a mum. I didn’t ever think about how many children I’d have, but for me just one was a given.
Thankfully my husband and I were blessed with twin girls, and I really couldn’t feel more proud and honoured to be their mum.
To me being a parent means that you’re always there for your children no matter what. Whether it’s to be a shoulder to cry on, someone to go to for advice or just to be their sounding board.
Of course life isn’t always rosy, so enviably, at some point or another you’re going to fall out with your children.
Whilst we like to portray to the world that our children are always on their best behaviour that’s not always the case! I for one know just how difficult it can be to try and encourage our girls to play nicely together, but now and again they’ll surprise me by doing so.
When I was growing up, I have to be honest and admit that it was nice having a sister. I’m a twin, and that meant I always had someone to play with, someone to talk to, someone to rely on.
The twin bond is certainly rather special. I really couldn’t imagine life without my sister. We speak regularly. Probably too regularly, but I think that’s a good thing.
My children are also very lucky because they have three step-siblings. Although I have to say we only ever call them brothers and sisters, never step-brother or sister.
Naturally my twin girls look up to their older siblings. They admire them, and want to be just like them, even going as far as trying to dress and act the same as them! It’s really rather sweet!
Families nowadays come in all different shapes and sizes. When I was younger I never dreamt of a scenario where I’d be with someone who had already children, and that’s because we were taught that you fall in love with someone, get married and have children together. You were never taught that you’d fall in love with someone who had already been married and already has children. I wonder why that is?
I think we’re seeing more and more of these different types of families, as society is more accepting of it than ever before.
Admittedly I grew up in a stereo-typical family setting. Mum, dad, my sister and I. Maybe that’s why I never thought of any other family type. Who knows.
What I do know though is that regardless how your family has been created, I couldn’t ever be without mine.