A good parent…
- Is not afraid to make mistakes and move on.
It may sound strange to acknowledge that parents make mistakes but they do. I have four grown kids and they managed to live through my many mistakes and pratfalls. None of my mistakes were life threatening and I hope most of the mistakes were well intentioned. I really did think my kids would love the zucchini casserole. Now it is part of my fatherhood legend.
Despite what we do as parents our kids will grow up. The problem is that we can fear moving ahead and growing through the excitement and trepidation of raising the kids.
Understand that you are going to make mistakes but if your intentions were for good then move on. Don’t be afraid to acknowledge you made an error and do what is necessary to rectify the problem That even means letting your kids know that you are not the “all and powerful Wizard of Oz”. Parents are humans that don’t do everything the right way all the time. Sometimes that is so hard to admit especially in front of the kiddos.
What better example can it be to your children growing up than to see an adult fall down and then get up and move on.
Don’t make a habit of failing. Do your best always. What more can your children ask from a loving parent.
A good parent…
- Is available.
- Is loving but firm.
- Is willing to ask for help.
- Is the grownup not a friend.
- Loves without conditions.
- Is consistent.
- Has a plan.
- Takes care of their kids needs, they know their kids needs.
- Celebrates success and doesn’t hold to hurts and mistakes.
- Is not afraid to admit mistakes and move on.