I came across something I had written down a while back which I found to be an interesting concept and worth some further thought. “I apologize if I made you think I was supermom and I don’t need any help because I trained you to believe only I could do it right.” It was a paraphrase of something I either heard or read and it really resonated with me. There was a time that part of me believed that my way was the right way and maybe inadvertently I led my kids to believe they shouldn’t even try to please me. I am happy to say that most of the time I don’t do that anymore. But over the holidays it popped up again regarding wrapping Christmas presents with my kids. They wanted me to do theirs as well because I did it better. I encouraged them to wrap their own gifts, but I found myself trying to correct the way they were doing it because they were wasting paper and maybe it didn’t look as “pretty” if they had done it my way. I stopped myself thankfully and let them do it their own way while silently kicking myself for my error. I don’t demand perfection in myself anymore … and I certainly don’t demand it of my kids. How boring would this world be if everything were perfect! I know we are all doing the best we can with what we know at any given time. Now if only I could un-do some of my past parenting mistakes … and accept more help from my kids <of course they would have to offer their help first>.
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Choose simplicity! VALOR: visualize, ask, let go,