What the Internet Has Taught Me About Being a Better Mom

I have fretted about being a better mom.  I have worried that my failings, whether real or imagined, are a mark that I’m just not a good parent.   I’ve blogged about my perfectionism, my struggles, and my hopes that some day I’ll figure out how to be a better mom in my own eyes.

Lately, there have been some things that have helped.  And, honestly, most of them have been from things that I’ve found online.

1.) The Hands On Play Challenge.  I have not participated in this challenge every day.  I’ve written a few blog posts about our toddler play efforts from things that Jamie has sent out, but it’s been pretty hectic and stressful lately.  Here’s what the challenge has made me realize, though.  I do play with my kid.  I don’t think I realized how much time I spend just crawling around the house chasing him or playing peekaboo until I set a timer for fifteen minutes to play with him.  The challenge has also helped me in another way, which is awesome when combined with the next helpful internet resource…

Playing peekaboo over the paints

2.) Pinterest.  I have often lamented not being a particularly crafty mom.  I never really did arts and crafts with my mom when growing up, and now as an adult, I prefer digital crafting that can be undone with ctrl+z to something that can be messed up because I cut wrong.  With Pinterest, I’m finding all kinds of awesomely fun arts and crafts ideas that I can do with Norton.  Some of them (like finger painting and making Rice Krispy pumpkins) are projects that we’ve done together and really enjoyed.  I don’t think I’d have tried them had it not been for being able to pin them on a Pinterest board and get to it when we can.

3.) My Friends That Live in the Computer.  I’m pretty lucky to have friends like Angie, Lori, and Amanda.  There have been times that I’ve been just convinced that I might as well start looking for a good therapist for Norton now, and they are good about giving me perspective.  For all of the things that I do that I worry about, none of them are things that (when I’m thinking rationally) warrant a visit from CPS or guarantee Norton a seat in a therapist’s office.  And they remind me that we will all screw up.

Those three combined have been my best resources for helping me realize that while it’s not possible for me to be a perfect parent, it’s definitely possible for me to be a better mom.  And I’m a better mom than I often think.

About Suzi

Suzi is an American ex-pat living in British Columbia. She's a cloth diaper addict, wife, mom of three, and President of the Prince George chapter of Cloth for a Cause.

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