I know that there is no such thing as a perfect parent. I know that every parent has bad days when things go wrong. But still, that doesn’t help me feel any better. I feel like I need to be the perfect parent in order to be good enough.
This pressure results in more parenting stress than I need. And no one in my life is putting this pressure on me. I do it to myself.
I came home from Strong Start earlier today feeling like a completely inadequate and overwhelmed mom. In fact, I paused while writing my blog post yesterday to just cry for a while… and spent the rest of the day feeling like a terrible mother. If I were a better mom, I’d be able to handle Strong Start like a super star. I wouldn’t have felt like an overwhelmed mom who just wanted to go curl up in a ball and hide in a corner. If I were a better mom, I’d have been able to do something as simple as toddler time at the library without taking my kid to the hospital. [Read more…]