Stress Less Parenting

Bringing the joy back to parenting your children.

Your Own Worst Parenting Critic

on January 2, 2015

As your child zooms into new situations — taking you along with her — it’s easy to sometimes feel like you can’t keep up. Are you making the right decisions? Enforcing the rules consistently? Did you handle that meltdown at the birthday party the right way?

It helps to know that everybody second-guesses their parenting at times. And most parents are their own worst critics. You may take one look at your messy house and mound of laundry — or make one visit to a fast-food drive-through for dinner — and feel like a flop.

Instead of beating yourself up, focus on all the things that are going well in terms of your child’s well-being and development. It’s the big picture that counts.

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