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10 Mistakes Even Smart Parents Make

By Lori Garcia |

I’m not here to guilt you into feeling bad about the parenting choices you’ve made - oh hell no. You’re an awesome parent; just look at you! You’re so dang good at parenting, even the neighbor’s dog knows it.

While I presume parenting comes naturally to some, the rest of us have to figure things out the hard way. And just when we’re about to pat ourselves on the back for being supremely awesome in the way of parenting, we have another kid and realize we’re back to square one.

So let’s get real; you’ve made mistakes. We all have…some of us more than others (points to self). I rounded up the top 10 parenting mistakes even smart parents make; take a look-see after the jump!

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10 Common Mistakes Smart Parents Often Make in Parenthood

Parenting our fears

The desire to shelter our kids from our personal pain is natural, and often unhealthy. Recognize the power your fears have over your parenting decisions. Remember, raising cautious children is different than raising fearful children.
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What are some of the other mistakes smart parents make?

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Lori Garcia is a writer and mother of two living and loving in Southern California. When she's not fussing with her bangs, you can find her shaking her groove thing on her personal blog, Mommyfriend where she almost never combines true tales of motherhood and mayhem with her degree in child development. Read bio and latest posts → Read Lori's latest posts →

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9 thoughts on “10 Mistakes Even Smart Parents Make

  1. Nichole says:

    Every single one at some point. Obviously not intentionally, often when emotionally charged or sad or distracted. I think about how not to everyday and night!!

  2. Elizabeth says:

    Great list! And an excellent reminder overall. Thanks!

  3. Heiddi says:

    I’ve experienced all of those at some point. The biggest one though is “parents don’t take care of themselves.” I do this ALL of the time. I don’t get enough sleep, eat well or exercise. So these are all things I need to work on. Parents often worry about everything that needs to get done and leave themselves in last place when it comes to self-care. And yes as a therapist, I know self-care is very important and even I struggle with practicing good self-care. I’m making little changes now that hopefully will help me look and feel better. :)

  4. Danielle C @writingmomoirs says:

    I rarely remember me. This is a great reminder that we do need to take care of ourselves. A happy wife is a happy life ;)

  5. StrawBerry says:

    I was expecting to have a whole lot to say from the title. Then I read the list and was pleasantly surprised! What a great list, I think you hit that one on the head.

  6. Lynae says:

    Is it bad that I’m against reading even a potentially good article because of the slide show aspect? I’m not sure the point of them other than to irritate the reader. Sigh. Perhaps I am PMSing :)

  7. Ingrid says:

    This was a surprising fun and helpful article to read. I have been so irritated with the articles on this site that I was accepting to come here and be disappointed, but I am not. Even though it is short and has a slideshow, which are annoying. I agree with all the things that you have listed.

  8. Janet says:

    I have to agree that a slideshow in an article like this is rather irrelevant and completely unnecessary. I can understand having one when each slide is showing a product or something like that. I almost think that Babble makes the authors use them because it’s like every article has one. Anyway, these are all good reminders.

  9. Marcy at Bella Noise says:

    The point of the slide show is for the site to log more page views. You just looked at 8 or 10 pages, or whatever, instead of the 1 you would have read if they would have just used a story. It is annoying, but like others have said, the “mistakes” are ones we can all relate to, and really good reminders.

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