Sunday, August 10, 2014

Three Parenthood Rules You Need to Abide By to Stay Sane

Perfect Kids require Imperfect Parents!
I can’t always say I was a perfectionist.  For sure, once I started college, particularly nursing school, I surprisingly found myself determined to graduate with a 4.0 GPA, Summa Cum Laude, always wanting to be certain I received perfect grades on my papers and exams.  But, that most definitely was not the type of high school student I was.

High school was more about social learning, figuring out who I was, and not as much about the ins-and-outs of calculus.  I wanted to learn what it meant to be an adult, to make my own decisions and deal with the consequences.

Yet, as adults, we get into the habit of wanting perfection, of controlling our lives.  We tend to like the routines we create and enjoy the simplicity of keeping things just so.  Enter PARENTHOOD! It's as if we are suddenly catapulted back into the social experiment of high school.  Where no mater what educational background we have, we all feel very out-of-sorts and the simple fact that we can no longer control all of the variables tends to send us into a spiral. Don't let that happen!

The perfect new parents are those that allow themselves to not be perfect!  Trust this Mom of four when I tell you these rules:

  • Do NOT allow the perfectionist inside make you feel as if you are failing at your new parenthood role!
  • Enjoy the learning, understand there will be wins and losses. Trust your gut and enjoy the ride!  
  • And most importantly remember, today is gonna be a totally different day than yesterday and stay flexible with what tomorrow will be!

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