How to be a Good Parent!
‘Three words you are saying to your child that make you a bad parent!’
‘Five mistakes you are making with your toddler!’
‘How to be a good parent!’
How often do we see these articles pop up on the internet? We are being bombarded with them day after day and as a parent blogger I should know!
But is it useful? Do we read these articles and think, ‘thank you so much, I now know how to be the perfect parent?’
No, because there is no such thing as the perfect parent. We all muddle through the best way we know how. We make mistakes along the way and we learn from them. We will have days when we shout at our kids and regret it moments later when we put things into perspective. It doesn’t make us a bad parent, it makes us human.
When did parenting become such a science? Sometimes we are thinking so hard about whether or not we are parenting correctly that we forget how important the fundamental basics are.
Children need love.
Children need cuddles.
Children need to feel safe.
Children need parents who love them and show them everyday how much they mean to them just by being there for them.
So next time one of these well meaning articles makes you feel like a crappy parent, stop reading it.
You are doing a great job just the way you are and don’t let anyone tell you different.
This may be one of the shortest and sweetest blog posts that I have ever written but that is because it is simple. Give your child the love they deserve and you can’t go wrong.
If you enjoyed reading this then you will also enjoy my ten pieces of advice I wish I could have given myself when I first became a mum.