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February 12, 2013

How to be an Imperfect Parent

by Tracy Jensen

It’s hard to get it all right. Believe me, as a single parent I know this well. But to tell the truth, most of my two parent friends struggle just as hard to serve healthy meals, keep the kids active, get the homework done, earn money for the family, make all the right decisions for our kids, etc. Basically everything we’ve cooked up as this ideal for what it takes to have a “happy family.”

It’s so big, this ideal, that almost no one is capable of hitting all the targets all the time. I’ll admit to you right now that I am a terrible housekeeper. Not dirty but horrible at organization — the mail stacked up in the entry and the clean laundry in the basket. It’s a flaw that somehow I’ve managed to stop feeling guilty about.

I read the below article recently, and it helped me put it all in perspective — three basic things parents can do that will make a big difference to our kids when it’s all said and done. Even if you are an imperfect parent, you can still teach your kids to love themselves, be an individual, and create structure for themselves as adults. Which is a great start for a happy life, even if they never get the laundry folded!

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