Parenting is a journey, not a destination.

Despite the fact that this article is for “new parents” I think the lessons can be applied to most parents.

Guilt is a useless emotion, yet it gets attached to many aspects of parenting.  I have friends, colleagues, and patients that beat themselves up on a regular basis because they don’t think they are doing a good enough job.  But the truth is, parenting is hard.  No matter how many apps you have on your phone, books in your bookcase, and calls you make to the pediatrician-it’s a challenge.  But doesn’t that make sense?  You are raising a person!  You have a huge responsibility to teach your children so many things.  And as a result, you will make mistakes.  Most successful people make a lot of mistakes while rising to greatness.

As you teach your children all that is important, you will get A LOT of advice.  Learn to trust your gut and weed through the good, the bad, and the ugly.  Some things are not going to resonate with your individual child and family.  Know that sometimes you have to “fake it till you make it.”  And set small goals that are attainable so you don’t get discouraged in your parenting journey.  (Getting your child to eat one more vegetable each week is a realistic goal, but ten is not.)

The most important part-give yourself some credit that you are a good parent.  You will have good days and bad days, we all do.  In the end, look at those little faces and take each day as it comes.  Parenting is a journey, not a destination.

This post was inspired by an article on the Huffington Post.  For more insight check it out.

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Joyeux Parenting

I am the proud mother of two beautiful children and have lived in Boston for most of my life. I have over twenty years of experience as a Child Development Specialist working with new families, pediatricians at Mass General Hospital, and Early Intervention. I have a wealth of knowledge and expertise regarding the challenges related to breastfeeding, behavior management, picky eaters, discipline, sleep, and development. I love being a wife and mother and sharing my experiences-the good, the bad, and the ugly. I am constantly learning about new evidence based information as it relates to parenting. Most importantly, I think it is crucial to recognize that we all make mistakes and learn from them. I am a firm believer that humor is essential as you navigate the world. Parenting should be full of joy and that is why I started my business Joyeux Parenting. Thank you for allowing me to share my experiences with you.

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