Being a parent is a tough job. Being a parent in the digital age of social media doesn't make it any easier to feel like you aren't completely failing.
We are bombarded with pictures like this:
Whether you are a mom or dad, stay at home or work outside the home, being responsible for raising a child is an enormous undertaking. This innocent, trusting person is completely in your care. You are responsible for another person's physical, mental and emotional well-being. It can be overwhelming.
I have good kids. Great kids, really. I realize I am very blessed. They are beautiful, healthy, active little girls. My Bean is incredibly funny and surprisingly polite for a 4-year-old. The Princess is brilliant and has the most tender heart.
Yet my Bean is as stubborn and hard-headed as they come. And the Princess is sooo emotional and can be incredibly irrational.
They are not perfect. They are human, just like their parents. Being a kid isn't easy.
And parenting is a trial-and-error kind of job. Because there are no hard and fast rules. And there is no guidebook. Every parent is different. Every kid is different.
These are the things I need to remind myself today. And I figured if I could use the reminder, I can't be alone. In spite of the perfect picture of parenthood I see on blogs, Facebook, etc., I know I can't be alone. Sometimes knowing that is all I need to get through a rough day.
That and a run.
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