Tag: imperfect parenting

I’m not ashamed to be a helicopter parent

Helicopter parents are a readily identifiable species: Omnipresent, hovering, constantly scanning the area for dangers (both real and imagined) that might warrant swooping in to rescue their beloved child(ren).  Many people know at least a few who fit that description, and some of us will recognize ourselves therein. Although I do not know if there

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My face above the water…

If you’ve ever suffered from the common cold of the behavioral health world, you may understand the overwhelming sadness produced by this mood disorder. For example, the only times I believed my marriage would end, were the times I struggled with depression. Feelings of worthlessness, lethargy, or irritability as a single person, imagine these feelings in

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5 Things I Swore I Would Never Do as a Parent (But do all the Time)

I had a very specific vision of the type of parent I wanted to be. And then I became a parent and was smacked in the face with reality. I still have the same basic core values and I won’t budge on those. But then there’s everything else. I will be the first to admit,

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Celebrating The Little Victories

I’m not a perfect mom. Whatever “perfect” means, anyway. There are times I can be pretty hard on myself, thinking about all of the things I could, or should, do better. You know, like how I should clean more, yell less, improve my cooking, do more arts and crafts with (and without) my kids, find

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A Perfectionist Takes on Imperfect Parenting

As far back as I can remember, I have been a perfectionist.  Great things have come from this trait (good grades! scholarships! accolades!), but perfectionism is painfully limiting as well.  Let me let you in on a little secret…perfectionists aren’t good at everything (who is?) – they simply limit themselves to the things they are

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