Be A Perfect Parent – It’s Ok To Admit You Don’t Enjoy Every Moment

Be A Perfect Parent - It’s Ok To Admit You Don’t Enjoy Every Moment

Are you a perfect parent? We make the argument that no one is perfect, and that is true. We all have areas in our lives that we can improve. Sorry, but that’s just being real and honest with ourselves.  

But! I do say that I’m a perfect parent. Let me tell you why and tell you why you’re a perfect parent too!  

Before having kids, I would see people out with their children laughing, dressed all cute, and enjoying whatever adventure they were on.  

Well, when we had kids, I wanted to know where all that perfection went. What the heck were we doing wrong? It took forever to get out of the house. No! You cannot wear the same outfit all week. And what happened to your hair? The biggie….I did NOT enjoy eating pretend food every day or running around at the park.  

As they got older, there were times I felt like I failed as a parent when their voices raised a bit, or the eye rolls started. Don’t get me wrong. They had to get their lives together with a quickness, but all I could think was, “I’ve failed as a parent.”  

So one day, I was talking to a friend and shared these feelings. Oh boy! That was a significant step. Because you know, you don’t DARE talk about parenting because you need to appear that you have it together.  

GUESS WHAT? 

I was NOT alone! Someone else didn’t enjoy eating pretend food during the young years. The family smiles came with threats behind them. They started getting ready at 9:00 a.m. for a 5:00 p.m. outing. Their teenagers lost their darn minds too.  

That’s when it dawned on me. Parenting is trial and error. We don’t know what we’re doing. And even with multiple children, you think you do, but they are all different. Your methods may need to change for each child.  

Being a perfect parent isn’t living that edited picture-perfect life.  

Being a perfect parent is admitting that you don’t know. That you don’t enjoy every moment. That you don’t want to color one more page of a coloring book. That your teen is exactly like you when you were a teen, and they are working that last nerve.   

I asked my girls about this. They laughed and said one thing they love the most about us as their parents is that no matter how much I (cause daddy doesn’t fuss much) fuss they know they are loved. And for them, that’s what makes us perfect for them. 

Are you a perfect parent? I hope so.