Feel Like a Bad Parent? Here is Some Encouragement

You’re probably not waking up in the morning saying, “I think I’ll really mess my kid up today.” ~Empowering Parents

I think every parent feels that he or she is failing at one point or another. Everyone is just trying to figure it all out. And though letting go of parental guilt is hard, you have to give yourself a break sometimes. If you are having that “I’m a horrible parent” struggle, here is some inspiration, from fellow parents, to lift your day….

It is the sum of days not just today that shape your kids. Everybody has an off day now and then but it is the whole sum of a childhood that makes a kid who they are – not one bad day. ~KeeperOfTheHome

I want you to write down the words I matter somewhere and put them in a prominent place in your home. On your fridge, on the calendar, anywhere. And the next time you start getting into one of those cycles of overwhelm I want you to stop what you are doing, walk over there, and look at those words. And if you’re really wanting to do something extra list three things on there that you love that you do well.

Maybe you make the world’s best pancakes on Saturday mornings. Maybe you listen really well. Maybe you have the most awesome voices when you read stories. Maybe, just maybe, you’re one of those cool people who never gets behind on laundry. But you do do stuff well. ~Finding Joy

We love our children and with our flawed, finite hearts we do our best to be the best kind of parents we know how.

And we try very, very hard.

Yes, there might be yelling. There might be lack of follow through at times. And there might be the McDonald’s drive through for the 4th night in a row because “Mama is just too tired to cook tonight.”

Source: http://www.sarahmarkley.com/2012/04/for-when-you-feel-like-the-worst/minigolf2/

But even with all of that, we still aren’t bad mothers.

We simply aren’t.

I believe we need to stand up today and say out loud:


And then we need to turn to our neighbor and tell her, YOU’RE A GOOD MOM. We need to affirm one another in our mothering, because in our human, imperfect mothering, we are still good parents. 

~Sarah Markley, The Best Days of My Life

Inspiring Quotes to Keep in Mind

If I had my child to raise all over again, I’d build self-esteem first, and the house later. I’d finger-paint more, and point the finger less. I would do less correcting and more connecting. I’d take my eyes off my watch, and watch with my eyes. I’d take more hikes and fly more kites. I’d stop playing serious, and seriously play. I would run through more fields and gaze at more stars. I’d do more hugging and less tugging ~Diane Looman

The best inheritance a parent can give his children is a few minutes of his time each day ~O. A. Battista

There is no such thing as a perfect parent so just be a real one. ~Sue Atkins

Stop trying to perfect your child, but keep trying to perfect your relationship with him. ~Dr. Henker

The rules for parents are but three… love, limit, and let them be. ~Elaine M. Ward

My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me.  ~Jim Valvano

Biology makes us Mothers & Fathers, what’s in the heart makes us Mom’s and Dad’s ~Kevin Heath

Also, be sure to check out Parents Encouragement, HuffingtonPost

We all have good days and not so good days. Learn, grow, but most importantly love. Happy Parenting.

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