My Name Is Tilly And I Am A Mother

25 Jun

I have two sentences for Six Word Saturday

I’m always proud of my children.

I don’t understand parents who aren’t.

I am not indiscriminate in my pride; merely doting.  I don’t get those parents who don’t feel the need to share all the doings of their kids and how wonderful they are.  My kids are wonderful; let me tell you about them.

They are polite, decent, friendly young men.   They work hard; they are considerate and helpful.  They do their best.

This week’s inspiration came from Tory Boy’s aforementioned involvement in organising a big event (and it’s not his first); and the news that Spud has won a Headmaster’s Award for being an all-round good egg i.e. a nice human being (and it’s not his first).

So don’t mind me sharing this time (and it’s not my first) that I’m proud of my kids.  Because I am, and I don’t care who knows it.

43 Responses to “My Name Is Tilly And I Am A Mother”

  1. Fiona June 25, 2011 at 12:54 #

    I could write the first two paragraphs exactly as you have in reference to my 3 boys and I’m not afraid to tell others either.

    I like your 6 words – beautifully said

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    • Tilly Bud June 25, 2011 at 20:30 #

      Thanks! I wish that every parent felt the same way.

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  2. Laurie Kolp June 25, 2011 at 12:59 #

    I know… right? I totally agree with you. I’m proud of my kids, too.

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  3. soulbrush June 25, 2011 at 13:00 #

    yes yes and specially sons. I love my ‘boys’ too (40 and 35 years old!)

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    • Tilly Bud June 25, 2011 at 20:32 #

      They will always be our babies, won’t they? 🙂

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  4. viewfromtheside June 25, 2011 at 13:17 #

    good for you. kids need reinforcement in the way of some publicity when they are doing so well. and mums (and dads) put in a lot of time and effort to guide and assist, so well done to you too

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    • Tilly Bud June 25, 2011 at 20:34 #

      We are disciplinarians but great believers in positive reinforcement. Everyone likes to be told nice things. But you have to mean it.

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  5. Jenn @ I Am Not Superwoman June 25, 2011 at 14:36 #

    And I am sure they are very grateful that you share it with others. As parents it is our duty to be proud of them and lift them up. I agree I don’t understand parents who aren’t either. Have a great weekend!

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    • Tilly Bud June 25, 2011 at 20:37 #

      And there is always something to be proud of, if people would only look.

      You have a great weekend too 🙂

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  6. vivinfrance June 25, 2011 at 14:42 #

    Pride in the offspring is an inherent feature of maternity. What is different is the way you express it, consistently and with humour. Medaille d’or pour maman.

    PS Félicitations,TB and Spud.

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    • Tilly Bud June 25, 2011 at 20:39 #

      It should be, but I see so many parents who are horrible about and to their children, that I don’t think it is as common as it once was.

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  7. smj274 June 25, 2011 at 15:30 #

    lovely and i don’t think it’s bad to be proud of ones children it is inate in all good parents! as a teacher, i love when parents are proud of their children, i do not love when that pride doesn’t allow them to see that their children are not perfect. i love that you are showing such a lovely example of positive pride!

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    • Tilly Bud June 25, 2011 at 20:41 #

      Yes, it’s a fine line between and pride in our children and believing they can do no wrong.

      Nice to meet you. Teachers are always welcome here 🙂

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  8. Tinman June 25, 2011 at 16:19 #

    Good for you, Tilly.

    Tell us as often as you like, it’s lovely to read.

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  9. gigihawaii June 25, 2011 at 16:44 #

    cute pic. Is that you holding the board or is it your older son? I agree with you. I can go on and on about my daughters.

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    • Tilly Bud June 25, 2011 at 20:43 #

      It’s my older son. I’m going to laugh when I see his face when I tell him you asked that 🙂

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  10. sarsm June 25, 2011 at 17:11 #

    You have every reason to be proud, Tilly!!

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  11. Kasi June 25, 2011 at 17:32 #

    Just make sure they know you are always proud of them…that’s one of my biggest fears (and I’m 28 years old) is letting down my parents.

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    • Tilly Bud June 25, 2011 at 20:45 #

      Then they are definitely proud of you! Respect for your parents means you are one of the good guys 🙂

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  12. We're Jumpin' June 25, 2011 at 17:32 #

    All parents should be proud of their children, one way or another! You are so right! Loved your six words! I hope you have a sweet saturday!

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  13. nrhatch June 25, 2011 at 18:47 #

    Some parents are proud of their kids . . . and shouldn’t be . . . because their kids are “rotters.”

    Other parents should be beaming from ear to ear at their kids . . . and don’t . . . because they (the parents) are “rotters.”

    Glad that you don’t fall into either of those camps, Tilly. Your kids sound grand . . . worth the accolades you toss at them. 😀

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    • Tilly Bud June 25, 2011 at 20:48 #

      Thanks, Nancy 🙂 Parents need the pride to compensate for the perpetual anxiety 🙂

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  14. Vivs Long-Ferguson June 25, 2011 at 19:47 #

    excellent blog loved it

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  15. Jim June 25, 2011 at 21:45 #

    Good words, Tilly! Happy 6WS! 🙂

    Our first five kids came in four years (twins +) and we were both very young. Of course we spent time with them. But … The second came when I was 40 and you’d think that she was almost the only important thing in my life the way I got involved with her doings. Sooooo much more than with the others.
    ..

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    • Tilly Bud June 25, 2011 at 21:49 #

      It’s often the way. But I bet you are equally as proud of them in their different ways.

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  16. slpmartin June 25, 2011 at 23:07 #

    Such things are very noteworthy.

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  17. siggiofmaine June 26, 2011 at 04:10 #

    I was trying to think where my discontent with proud parents is and the teacher smj274 said it best:
    :” i do not love when that pride doesn’t allow them to see that their children are not perfect:”
    You say it so well, as you praise the good, and see humor in the rest.
    You are a gem among mothers…thank you for sharing your thoughts.
    Siggi in Downeast Maine, USA

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    • Tilly Bud June 27, 2011 at 10:49 #

      Yes, laughing at my kids is important to me 🙂

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  18. barb19 June 26, 2011 at 04:24 #

    Well said Tilly – and I think if your boys would admit it, they are proud of you too for being a great mum!
    My kids are 35,33 and 31 and I still tell them I am proud of them – they will never be too old for me to to tell them. We all need to hear nice, positive things about ourselves, doesn’t matter how old we are.

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    • Tilly Bud June 27, 2011 at 11:13 #

      They do tell me I’m a great Mum. Often followed by ‘Will you make my breakfast?’

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  19. Perfecting Motherhood June 26, 2011 at 06:26 #

    I would say most parents are proud of their kids, at least in the US, but it sometimes goes to the extreme with the praising here! And some kids get spoiled and refuse do make any effort if they don’t receive some type of praise.

    You look like you know how to praise just right to make your kids feel great and achieve wonderful things. You’ve got every reason to be proud of them!

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    • Tilly Bud June 27, 2011 at 11:14 #

      Yes, I also tell them when they’re going wrong, but I try not to be critical.

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  20. eof737 June 27, 2011 at 11:47 #

    Congrats to your kids. Most parents are proud of their kids, however, we all have to exercise some caution on how we talk about them on the internet… Mine are doing great too and I’m proud of them! 🙂

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    • Tilly Bud June 27, 2011 at 11:48 #

      I have to exercise caution the other way – not making too much fun of them 🙂

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  21. Call Me Cate June 27, 2011 at 15:29 #

    It’s a great thing to be proud of your children. And it’s especially great for them to know how you feel. Good for you!

    Thanks for playing 6WS!

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  22. Susan in SC June 27, 2011 at 23:52 #

    Me too! Good or bad, they are my children and I love them!! Great 6WS!

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