A few weeks ago, Cindy at Go Workout Mom tagged me for the Six Word Memoir meme. I haven’t done anything about it because, well, I had a hard time summing up my life in six words. But as a person who likes to excel, I’ve struggled with perfectionism throughout much of my life. Since I’ve become a mother, I’ve become more aware than ever of how important it is to let go of my need/desire to be perfect and be content with “good enough.” So, here’s my life in six words:
I remind myself of this constantly, as I find myself wanting to do everything exactly right for my boys. But I discovered early on that it’s simply impossible – in large part because there is no “right” way of doing so many things as a parent. Is it better to continue trying to breastfeed and be miserable in the meantime, or should I just quit and be rid of the stress? Should I let my 12-month-old cry it out? Should I go back to work or become a stay at home parent?
There are just too many variables in parenting and the hardest part is, you’ll never really know if you did the “right” thing. Maybe if you’d done something differently, it would have been better for your child. But those kinds of doubts will eat away at your spirit.
On the other hand, if you take a step back and simply admire and appreciate your children for who they are, it’s easy to see that what you did was “good enough.” And that’s really all that matters.
I’d love to hear your thoughts on being a good enough parent, so please leave a comment!
As usual, I won’t tag anyone, but if you’d like to participate, consider yourself tagged! And leave a link to your post in the comments so I can check it out 🙂