There is no perfection in parenting.
This is a statement that I say to myself a lot throughout my days with J. 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 J to achieve the things his friends are doing.
I know that he senses my emotions and I need to stay calm…but sometimes I fall apart.
But…I love my child 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.
I think it’s important to put the mistakes out there for all the world to hear because there is no perfection in parenting.
This is exactly what Sierra from H is for Homeschooling is doing in her new feature, Lesson Learned. I’m so thankful that she has given me the opportunity to share one of my mistakes on her blog today. I hope that you go over there and read what I have to say as well as the other guest posters in the series.
I’m going to try to write more about the mistakes I’ve made because I think it’s important for other parents to see that we all mess up sometimes. Because there is no perfection in parenting.