Positive Parenting: Let go of the guilt!
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As much as we like to try, no parent is perfect. And unfortunately, that leads to a common feeling among moms and dads: guilt. So Good Morning Idaho is On Your Side with a few things that parenting experts say you should not feel guilty about. Robyn Greene explains in this installment of Positive Parenting.
Says Greene, "When I started researching ideas for Positive Parenting, one issue I really wanted to address was that unnecessary guilt that so many parents have. I know I certainly felt it when I went back to work full-time. Thank goodness the internet is full of advice and blogs from other parents on what they feel guilty about, and why you shouldn't be so hard on yourself. My own guilt about working tops the list. Don't feel bad about enjoying your work, even preferring to work full-time. You still love your kids even if you're glad it's Monday.
"That also ties into your alone time. Don't feel guilty about requiring your children to knock on your bedroom or bathroom door. Just because you had kids doesn't mean you lost your right to privacy. And, it's okay to give in every once in a while. If you've had a rough day and they're throwing a fit in the middle of Target, just buy them that piece of candy they want. Just don't do it all the time.
"Also, don't feel guilty about telling them 'because I said so.' If it makes you nervous to watch them play on the monkey bars, or you don't want them to pierce their ears until a certain age, and you don't have any good reason for it, that's okay! It's too easy to compare ourselves or our kids to other families and think you could be doing a better job. Bottom line: experts say just do your best to make sure your kids are happy and healthy, and remember there might be something about your family that other parents wish they had." -- Robyn Greene, Positive Parenting