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What Does It Mean to Be a Parent?

Sometimes I find myself wondering…

Here are some answers I come up with. It means…

We are strong, but not too strong. We show our kids we all go through difficult times and that we can get through them. At the same time, that doesn’t mean we cannot show emotion as we get there.

We are brave, but not too brave. We show our kids we can face the world and its challenges with bravery, but also show them that it’s okay to waver sometimes. We show them that wavering doesn’t make us weak.

We teach them patience. We show them we can bite our tongues when we are furious—in the big things and the small (like when tying a shoe for the 100th time). But, we show them we can learn from the times we aren’t patient too.

We are disciplinarians. We discipline our children, but find a way to show love at the same time.

All in all, I think being a parent means balance. Being a parent doesn’t mean perfection. It means being the best role models we can be, but when we aren’t we find ways to teach. I think these lessons will be what stick with our children the longest.

So, we are a balance. To me, it seems like something in the middle is great—and I like that! So, let’s stop giving ourselves a hard time thinking we aren’t good or perfect enough. Let’s be mediocre and be okay with it!

“They say” being a parent is the hardest job in the world. I agree. So I will try not to add perfection as a requirement.

 

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14 responses to “What Does It Mean to Be a Parent?”

  1. Amanda Jones says:

    This is absolutely true! Nicely said!

  2. Eliza Stinson says:

    Lauren,
    High five ✋🏻 your awesome! What a well written post to your first of many blog post that you’ll write! I loved that it was short, to the point, loving, honest and what every mom needs to hear!!! There is no such thing as a perfect mom and moms should stop trying to be anything else then just themselves! I’m so proud of you and what you are doing! Cheers to mediocre parenting lol!
    Eliza

    • admin says:

      Hi Eliza! Thank you so much. Your comment means so much! I am so glad you liked my post and I couldn’t agree with you more- that there is no such thing as a perfect mom! Being ourselves is always best.

  3. Dave Hollis says:

    Great words! Balance is a nice theme for all the things!! You are off to a great start on this blog!! To many more!!!

  4. Kevin Jones says:

    Good perspective!

  5. Maureen says:

    Well said and so true!!

  6. Tobias says:

    I like the article

  7. Jess says:

    This is truly helpful, thanks.

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Welcome to my blog. I am a licensed school counselor turned stay-at-home mom and writer. I have three wonderful children. I love the water, baking, getting creative, and traveling, especially to new places. I have a bachelor’s degree in science (Psychology major and Sociology minor), and a master’s degree in counselor education (M.Ed.). I wouldn’t call myself a parenting expert exactly, but I believe all parents are experts at raising their own children. After all, no one knows your kids better than you! My blog is about what “they say”—what we hear and read—versus what “we say”: using our own intuition. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases.