Sometimes a family member will spend an hour or so with me and my son. I’ll recall a terrible tantrum filled day to my friend over coffee. Or tell a colleague how I’m now at work having had only had a few hours sleep last night. And they all say the same thing… “I don’t know how you do it!” Sometimes neither do I, I can only put it down to one thing…

Mummy Power!


A friend of mine first introduced me to concept of Mummy power (the trademark is all hers), it was many years ago now and me and my other 20 something, then childless, friends where having an evening at her house whilst her little girl was asleep upstairs. Like my child free colleagues now we were saying we simply couldn’t function on less than a full nights sleep, and she explained, as soon as you become a Mum you get the Mummy power package. I didn’t really get it and just thought it was funny – how naïve I was!

Through pregnancy I sort of had this in the back of mind, usual first time mother questions – will I be upto the job? Will I love my child? Will I suddenly have the Mummy power download? Do I need to apply somewhere for it?? What if its not in installed in my hard drive?

But now I am a mother – I totally get it. I’ve got the power (in the tune of that song!)

-Mummy power is surviving on a few hours sleep. – Its making multiple meals to try to find something your child will eat. – Its doing so many loads of washing in one day. – It’s spending money on them. – It’s not spending money on you! – It’s running up and down the stairs catching them every two minutes. – It’s changing disgustingly smelly nappies – It’s being hit, nipped, and bitten – It’s having your meals interrupted – It’s never drinking a hot cup of tea – It’s staying up all night when they’re ill. – It’s never having an evening out – It’s being wee’d on, or worse. – It’s giving them the cake that you really want to eat…the list goes on. But ultimately it’s doing all the above completely by choice, and not grudgingly.

Our Mummy power morphs as we get older, when we swallow down that big lump in our throats when dropping them for their first day at school, or at a university miles away, or on their wedding day. We grow and nurture are children, then everyday let them go a little more as they mature and become independent. It’s difficult, but somehow we do it.

So, if you’re having one of those days, which we all do, you think you can’t do it, you feel your child hates you – perhaps they’ve told you they do (they’re kind like that). Just think this won’t last forever, you have the Mummy Power, throw back that imaginary cape, let it flap in the wind, and know – you’ve got this!





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8 thoughts on “Mummy Power

    1. You’re so right – so many things I just wouldn’t bother with for myself, but if i’ts for my son it’s no problem!
      thanks for your comment.

  1. Ah, what a refreshing and lovely post. Mummy power truly is a real thing! I tell my husband, quite often, that I think I’ve evolved into a new human that can easily run on 2 hours of sleep. Where that would once leave me dead on my feet, I’m now chasing after a toddler-coffee in hand, of course. But, it’s true. It’s almost like I was given a whole new reserve I never had before. More energy, more dedication, more love. It’s great, I wonder if you get a new reserve with each kid, haha! <3 #KCACOLS

  2. So true! Some days I feel like I’m putting on imaginary battle armour and waging war as we start on dinner time / nap time / bath time / bed time. And even if she wins the battle – I’ll (eventually) win the war! 🙂 #KCACOLS

  3. I think I might need this in a few minutes when it’s time for a bath and bed. Getting through work has been really hard lately with such little sleep. So yay for all of us with mummy powers. And your right it’s about doing all those little things because you love your child and want to anything to help them. #KCACOLS

  4. Such a great post! This is so true. I know we have those powers! It is great to be able to be able to put the mummy power hat on and be able to turn things round. We are amazing! lol Thanks so much for sharing this at #KCACOLS. It is great to have you for the firs time. I hope that you like it, 🙂 xx

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