– And other things our children say.
Children; resilient, sensitive, witty & really honest. You cannot rival a childs mind, vivid imagination & perception of the world. Raising children leaves me constantly fascinated with how just a look or a tone of my voice can tell my children all they need to know.
As you may have read in my previous blog post, https://bipolarmummywife.wordpress.com/2021/09/06/how-do-you-explain-bipolar-to-your-children/ my son was very young when we explained to him that Mummy had Bipolar, so we was limited on what we could say. But it got me to thinking, about the things my son says & the way he rationalises his mother’s illness.
Instinctively, my children know when I am depressed or manic. I look back on these periods, when I am stable & I feel such anguish that my children see me in these states. I constantly get prangs of heartache thinking I may of scared them, or may be projecting my negativity onto them. Learning that my mental illness effects all of us is the hardest mountain to climb.
I think I’ve been over thinking it!
My children and I are very close. They know I love them dearly, I am as open as I can possibly be with them about Bipolar. This panic I’ve built up about how my bipolar affects my children, seems really unfounded. My son, in his childlike wonder, says on days I’m depressed & intolerable, “Its okay. Mummy is just very tired”. When ‘Super Happy Fun Time, let’s have sweets for breakfast’ Mummy comes out, my Son instinctively tells his Daddy “Mummy is getting hyper again” .
In my experience, as my children are so young, it is all they’ve known of their Mummy, so it’s water off of a ducks back. I may let myself believe my children absolutely despise me, in certain states, but actually they just love me unconditionally, as I do them!
So what about you, Dear Reader? Do your children rationalise your illness in ways you find fascinating or resilient? Comment down below & share you experiences!
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