What's Eating At You? The Guilty Parent. (VIDEO)Danielle Smith
I have been thinking about my role as a parent a lot lately. More specifically, I’ve been thinking a lot about the feelings of guilt associated with being a parent. I often joke that guilt decended on me like a warm blanket the very moment the plus sign appeared on that positve pregnancy test.
Would I be a good mom?
What if they wouldn’t eat vegetables? (And then?? How bad is it when they DON’T eat them??)
When my daughter came home the other day with hurt feelings, did my words help her to heal?
How bad is it when I let them watch too much TV? Or stay up too late?
The irony is that years ago, I started a website specifically designed to combat these ‘guilty’ feelings and instead embrace the EXTRAORDINARY jobs that parents do loving their children each day.
A recent, incredibly painful loss and some deep thinking has brought me full circle on this way of thinking again. It is important to me to embrace the extraordinary, rembember I am truly enough and let go of the guilt.
What are the greatest sources of your ‘parenting guilt’ and what do you do to combat these feelings?
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