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Here’s How I’m Failing My Kids

By Kacy Faulconer |

buzzkill-01I try to take a positive approach to parenting. I feel like I’m doing my best most of the time. But of course, you worry. I mean, there are so many things to worry about–huge things like birth defects, failure to thrive, kidnapping.

I don’t know if you know this, but taking responsibility for another human being is a huge deal.

I am proud of my kids. They are turning out great. My kids are nice and interesting and good. But you just never know. There’s so much to think about and hope for, and then you realize there are little things that may be slipping through the cracks. I believe that I am a good mom, but I know I have personal failings that will effect my kids.

Here’s what I’m worried about.

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Here's How I'm Failing My Kids

I Don't Encourage Creativity Enough

I'm worried that I don't encourage them to be creative enough. I am not artistic or very creative. I don't paint or draw cute little things. I don't really even decorate our house very nice. I do blog and I think my kids will be decent writers, but I wish I encouraged them more and I wish that they would enter projects in the Art Expo at school and win. There's so much focus in school now on the fundamentals like math and reading, so I know it's my job as their mom to augment their Art education. But I don't do it as much as I feel like I should.
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4 thoughts on “Here’s How I’m Failing My Kids

  1. Ben Rand says:

    No matter what, you should not kiss a clothes iron. EVER.

  2. Maria Smilios says:

    I’m not quite sure of the point that you are trying to make other than unload on the general public. If you think you are not teaching your kids creativity, then decide to do more creative things, similarly, if you think they will be lazy, find out how to not make them lazy.

  3. Anna says:

    I like this post. I could add a few more…so much to worry about! Maybe you should write a post of things you aren’t worried about?! Sometimes I think it’s helpful for me to review all the ways I haven’t screwed it up yet. Like “hey…my kid is actually good at sharing at age 2.5….that seems like a victory somehow!”

  4. Khadija says:

    I feel the same way at times. It is so easy to feel like we are not doing enough as parents. Especially when we see that our children’s personality is being affected by what we do.

    The number one answer that I can think of is to find out what your child likes to do. No need to stress over art if you have to force them or constantly remind them to do it. Once they found out what they like to do, go out and buy the things they need in order to do what they love to do. Then you can spend time with the child doing it. Starting off with about 30 minutes a day. This will build up their confidence, make it fun and you will be spending time with your child.

    If you don’t know what their passion is and they don’t either, there are many ways you can help your child discover it. I child is never too young to find their passion. Allow them to try different things. Go to the hobby store and allow them to choose some different projects. Observe what they are good and what others say they are good at.

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