The imperfect parent is what I am and despite feeling guilty at times I have learned to accept that there is no such thing as the perfect mother, I mean it’s not as if there is such a thing as a perfect anyway is there? With so many rules and regulations to follow is it any wonder that so many mothers find themselves feeling they are failing as a parent?
Are You an Imperfect Parent?
Are you a mother who scores top marks when it comes to raising your children? Are your little diamonds the absolute angels that never make you want to yank your roots out of your hair at times? Do you thrive from lack of sleep and never suffer headaches from constant whining?
Yea get real!
Parenting is hard; it challenges the most patient human being. I am forever feeling I am not doing it right, my kids refuse to eat 5 portions of fruit and vegetables each day, they never go to bed at the same time each night and despite how many rules and boundaries we have they always seem to find some loop hoop.
I have tried in vain to follow the rules, get rid of the bottle and dummy before the age of 2, but that meant no sleep, so I choose to keep them for longer.
Installing a bedtime routine was a great concept, except with 6 of them to fit into it, it became more of a challenge to keep to the nightly routine than it was just putting them all to bed and praying they would stay there for the night.
I have tried to always get down to my child’s level and give them eye to eye contact while trying to explain in a firm yet calm manner, why they must not draw in bright orange crayon all over our freshly painted cream walls, but the horror of the scribbles will always make me shout first.
I am far from perfect when it comes to parenting, but I always try my best. I think we all are great at thinking we are doing it right but to be honest is there ever a right way to parent?
Tell me what you think? Is being an imperfect parent the best we can aim to be?