Healthy relationships, Inspirations, Parenting

Dear Parent, Your job is not to be perfect.

Text that reads: Dear parent, your job is not to be perfect.


Okay, I have to admit that I’m writing this mostly for me. But I’m guessing that I’m not alone on this one.

As a recovering perfectionist, I find that often the hardest person for me to forgive is myself. Anyone else ever experience this?

I set the bar high for myself, which is generally a good thing. But when I mess up, that failure seems to linger in my brain. I replay it over and over in my head and have a hard time letting it go.

So I’m trying to cultivate more self-compassion. I’m trying to change the voice in my head to the voice of a friend instead of a critic.

Old habits are hard to break so this hasn’t been easy. But there’s no better way to teach my kids about self-compassion than by practicing it myself.


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