I just read a great article on Branding your Blog. One of the ways to brand was to think of three words that would describe how you want your readers to feel when they come to your site.
One of the words I chose was accepted.
Parenting is the most challenging undertaking any of us will ever experience and the results of our parenting weighs heavily on most of us. That parenting guilt is a powerful feeling! Not to mention we see full-blown mommy wars all over the internet and playgrounds and schools. We judge others and we are judged ourselves. It feels horrible! That’s why I try to share some of my parenting stories. My son was a holy terror when he was little, I made every parenting mistake known to man, and so many times I was ready to just throw in the towel but guess what? Every obstacle was overcome, my son is not only NOT a serial killer but he’s a wonderful, kind, smart young man (he’s only 13 so we still have a lot to get through). The point is, I know how hard it is. I know you have probably done some things as a parent you’d never admit, some things you never thought you’d do, had feelings you never thought you’d have BUT you’re not alone. EVERY ONE has been to the point where they have looked at their horrible child throwing a tantrum and wanted to beat the crap out of them. We ALL have felt that way. Kids can be horrible! They’re rotten! They test you every chance they get! You’re a saint for keeping yourself and them alive every day!
You are accepted here. I have made every mistake as a parent. I have lost my cool and been too strict when I should have been understanding. I have been so exhausted that I’ve given in on punishments when I should have been more strict. I have let my child watch tv all day on nice days so I could finish my chores (and sometimes because I was so exhausted I didn’t care). I’ve told lies to get my kid to behave. I’ve let him have junk food when he shouldn’t. The list goes on and on and on. It was during those low periods that I learned about myself, how to control my temper, how to help him behave better, and how to run a household that is more harmonious. It took a lot of bad days and nights to learn these tricks and I’m still learning every single day. I also learned a lot in my preschool classroom. Getting through the day with 20 preschoolers definitely taught me a lot. There are so many tips to keeping kids busy and so many tricks for teaching them to behave. I had all of this information that I wish I knew when I was starting out as a new mom and I wanted to share it with other parents. I hoped to help prevent them from going through some of the struggles I went through.
One of the reason I started a blog called “Less Than Perfect Parents” is to allow parents to relish their perfectly imperfect lives. To accept themselves and others. To take the pressure off of what they should be doing and to enjoy every day with their kids. Stop trying to be a “good” parent and just love and enjoy your children.