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Doin' Good as Parents

Doin' Good as Parents

The holiday season is such a stressful time for me. It seems like I have so much to get done and there is never enough time to do it all. In addition, the holidays are the busiest time of year for my job so I am juggling so many balls.

I feel a lot of pressure to plan the perfect holiday and to make everything perfect for everyone else as well. I spend months and months shopping for the perfect gifts after making lists for everyone I have to buy for. I spend months creating a menu for our perfect dinner and then I spend days cooking that dinner. Like I said, perfection.

I think that this quest for perfection causes me too much stress. My kids don’t demand or even want perfection. They want me. It is those imperfect moments (i.e. standing around a burnt birthday cake still singing happy birthday at the top of our lungs) that make the most amazing memories.

In fact, some of my best memories from my childhood are centered around imperfect moments. It is those imperfect moments where we have to respond off the cuff, right from the heart that really make me appreciate the time I had with my parents and the time that I get to spend with my kids.

Doin' Good as ParentsMy husband is one of those parents that I admire. His doesn’t have a quest for perfection rather his quest is imperfection. A few years ago, I was out of town for work and he took the kids to have pictures taken with Santa.

There were so many factors that he had to take into consideration that I spent the entire day texting him to make certain that he didn’t forget a thing. He pulled it off perfectly except for one thing. Our youngest wouldn’t smile for anything. In fact, she cried the entire time. (She is the little one in the center of the picture below). At the height of her meltdown, my husband told the photographer just to take the picture.

He didn’t say a thing to me and when I got the pictures, I laughed so hard I cried. The most imperfect moment of all was actually perfect. It made for the best picture ever and something that I still proudly display in our home to this day. My husband really got it right.

My husband is #doingood as a parent and I strive to be more like him. I want to learn to let go of plans of perfection and live in the moment instead.

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  1. Robin (Masshole Mommy)

    Awww, I love this. I know sooo many people that are doing good ad parents 🙂

  2. Real life is imperfectly perfect. I’ve realized the hard way we do not live in magazines and you have to take balance in your life. Some perfect, some so real you have to smile.

  3. This is such a sweet message. It’s important to remember that you’re doing good. Parenting is hard and no one is perfect!

  4. This is such a great campaign. I know a lot of parents that are doing good!

  5. There is no book or manual on parenting. We are all doing our best and I think we should take more time to compliment and praise one another on a job well done.

  6. It is hard for me to pick just one good parent. I’d like to think my mom did a pretty good job given everything we’ve been through in life.

  7. The holiday season is definitely the most stressful one for me as a parent. It can be so stressful trying to balance everything. Sometimes you have to remind yourself you are doing as best as you can.

  8. Kristi

    Life itself and being a parent is full of curve balls. We never know quite how things will go but hopefully with laughter and smiles it will all work out.

  9. I think that stivinng for perfection is a common trait in women. It causes us too much stress unnecessarily.

  10. P. S. It’s great how you are praising your husbands parenting style.

  11. seriously, parenting is HARD! I don’t think anyone ever told me that. lol. Just have to try our best and get through it day by day.

  12. Our children don’t know what’s perfect or not. For the holidays, I find that our son is just happy to see his cousins and to eat as much as he wants.

  13. I can never be thankful enough for all that my husband does for our family. He’s really doin’ good!

  14. I see my friends all doing good as a parent, everyone tries their hardest and life is so unpredictable – as well as those stages and unique personalities 🙂 Going with the flow as your husband thinks is the best!

  15. I was just giving thanks and prayers for my kids. They are such great kids, well behaved and sweet. We are not perfect, but like you said, we find the good stuff in the imperfect moments.

  16. I’d say most working moms are doin’ good as a parent. Working moms – like myself – are often too hard on ourselves for not being home all the time – but my two children are smart, respectful, fun and loving….so I’d say I’m doing okay!

  17. I know many parents who are doing a great job. I think it is so important to tell them as we all try our hardest and sometimes being a parent is really tough.

  18. It’s so tough being a parent! I love this campaign so we can lift each other up and remind each other that we’re doing a great job.

  19. Rosey

    I know so many people I could nominate. And hurrah for it. 🙂

  20. Debbie Denny

    I really think the imperfect moments are the most memorable. Sometimes parents put so much pressure on themselves.

  21. Tracey

    I love the message behind this post. We could a use a reminder that life is not perfect and we are doing our best.

  22. My parenting skills are sometimes lacking but I try to infuse as much humor as I can into every situation. I regularly tell my oldest 2 kids “When you go to therapy about your childhood, at least you’ll have lots of funny stories to tell!” 🙂

  23. there’s nothing for demanding than parenting. There is alot riding on us getting it right. The holidays definitely make it more difficult and stressful. I know lots of great parents and we all have our own struggles but they do a great job.

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