How do/did you learn to accept your imperfections as a parent?
After a long hiatus I don't know if I'm "back"... but I'll try not to be such a stranger.
How have you come to accept your imperfections as a parent?
Back when I was first starting this parenting journey (seven years ago!!) my head was in the clouds. I was so naïve. I held expectations too high. My house was supposed to be spotless, my child cloth diapered and in a sling, and my food all organic.
Upholding some of the expectations we set for ourselves is extremely taxing and right near impossible.
My children on occasion will eat fast food. They will never have a "cookie cutter" family. My children have come to own some plastic toys and I have accepted that I'll probably never get the tiniest of their pieces out from the cracks in the woodwork. My kids will never be Waldorf kids and sometimes they're gonna drive me up the wall.
I think I've got the "realization" stage down pat. It's the acceptance that I still struggle with. I almost feel guilty. Could I be doing more? The answer is probably no - I am doing the best that I can within my means, and I think that's important.
As a parent there are so many societal pressures that we are expected to follow through on. It is a lot to take in sometimes.
How do you all deal with this? If you have come to accept, please do share your feelings. If you are still riding the strugglebus with me, you can share too.
Me (25) DW (26) DD1 (8) DD2 (6) DD 3 (3)
Two cats, two dogs, complete chaos.