Thursday, September 13, 2012
Parenting Doubt: "Am I Doing Something Wrong?"
Some parents spank, some don't. Some use time-outs, so absolutely won't. Some yell, some listen. Some reward for good behaviors, and others withhold any and everything for bad ones. Your parenting philosophy is yours, but one thing I'm sure every parent can agree on is there are moments when we doubt ourselves.
I went crazy year zero through four asking myself, "Am I doing something wrong?" Instead of asking, "Am I doing something wrong." I now ask, "What more can I do?" What every single person can control, parent or not, is how hard we work at anything! As a mom, there are days I give it my all and then there are days that I sadly "veg. out" and give parenting very little! I shouldn't be surprised then if suddenly my kids seem different. Maybe they're acting out more than usual, fighting with each other or talking back.
When I ask myself, "what more can I do?" I find myself doing instead of doubting. I'll spend more one-on-one time with my daughter, do less talking and more listening to my son, or get down right goofy with all three kids! This way there's no time to "veg. out."
Sure, as parents we'll probably always feel little moments of doubt and that's normal! But let's agree to no longer BEAT ourselves up or disengage! When you ask, "what more can I do" solutions appear and empowerment results! And empowerment can come from anything, like turning to HerMamas.com to VENT! We're hear to listen (read) anytime! Together we'll surely find ways to do more and doubt less!
Comment and share how you deal with moments of parental doubt?
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