This is a statement that I say to myself a lot throughout my days with my boys. You see, I have a pretty vast knowledge of children, but did that prepare me for parenthood? Yes and no. I am grateful that I have a working knowledge of children and that I don’t have to learn from scratch, but…
I often wonder if my degrees and experience in child development are a hindrance on my parenting abilities. You see, I know what to do…for the most part…but do I actually do it?
I know not to yell…but sometimes I have a hard time getting through the day without raising my voice.
I know to let the child lead…but sometimes I take control.
I know to be consistent and follow through…but sometimes I give in.
I know to limit screen time…but sometimes I just want to put in a movie and take a break.
I know that every child develops differently…but I want my children to achieve the things their friends are doing.
I know that they sense my emotions and I need to stay calm…but sometimes I fall apart.
But…I love my children and I do the best I can. Isn’t that what we all do?
No parent is perfect because no human is perfect. I often read blogs and see such perfection in the writer’s parenting and think..wow she’s got it all together! Ha! In reality, when it comes to blogging, it’s easy to omit or distort the mistakes.
Even though it’s hard, I like writing about the mistakes I’ve made. I like processing things that I’ve gone through with my writing, and more importantly, I like showing you that we all mess up sometimes. Because there is no perfection in parenting.
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