Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: San Diego county, CA
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Children don't need perfect parents. They need to see our imperfections to know that they don't have to be perfect. Modeling how and when to admit mistakes and say "I'm sorry" is what they need in a parent. Along with lots of hugs, love, and enjoyment of them being themselves. And a parent who can laugh at him/herself. In the long run, the externals of cloth diapers, natural/organic food, etc. don't mean as much as a family who loves each other, accepts each other, treats each other with respect, and enjoys each other. Meet each of your children where and who they are. Accept who you are. Do what you are comfortable doing and don't worry about the rest.
I have never wanted to be a perfect parent. It's way too much work, worry, stress, and exhausting. It's also not who "I" am. I'm a "good enough" parent. And my kids have happy, fond memories of their childhood. So much so that the 2 who are parents themselves are carrying on the tradition of being good enough parents themselves.
Chris--extended breastfeeding, cloth diapering, babywearing, co-sleeping, APing, CLW, homeschooling before any of this was a trend mom to Joy (1/78), Erica (8/80), Angela (9/84), Dylan (2/98)