May 2, 2012

You're a good parent!!!!

 Are you a good parent?

All parents on here have times when they question what they are doing. They wonder if they are being a "good parent". Let me give you my professional criteria for good parent, in your situation.

Are you acting out of love?
Are you trying to do your best?
Do you question what you are doing?
Do you seek out advice and try to learn as you go?
Are you worried about being a g...ood parent?

Answering yes to those questions makes you a good parent! Does it mean always making the right decision, never getting frustrated at your child, never feeling guilty about wanting some time alone, or having others (including members of this board) agree with you. NO! There is usually not one right answer, and there is much that we do not know in this field. There are many different approaches and no right one. You are not always going to make the right decisions, no one will. Rarely do the momentary decisions that you make have drastic or long term effects on your child. If you were a "bad parent" you would not:

Rarely question what you are doing.
Rarely feel guilty over what you did.
Rarely seek advice
and rarely worry if you are being a "good parent"

The fact that you guys are here puts you in the running for good parent!

Take a deep breath, hold each others’ hands, laugh and cry with each other, and take note that you all are special people and loving parents.

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