You Don't Have to be Perfect
I'm confident that if someone asked you if you thought parents should be perfect people, you would answer with an "of course not" type of of response. But, in my experience, most parents hold themselves to a higher and perhaps, unrealistic, bar of perfection. Maybe you were not as patient as you wanted to be yesterday or forgot to pick up that favorite juice box when you zoomed through the grocery store. Did you oversleep and have to rush the kids out the door this morning? We all goof up once in a while. If you see a stressful pattern or want to change a habit, seek some support. But, if you just mess up once in a while, I encourage you to treat yourself with the same grace you would offer to your kids or to other moms or dads. No one's perfect. It is a human quality we all share.