As parents, we want to do what is best for our children. The best education, healthy food, limited screen time, the list can go on and on about what we want to provide and how we want to parent.
As we go through this journey of doing our best for our children there are times we feel we are falling short. Not spending enough time with our children, not sitting with them and playing, reading stories every night, not taking them to the park, so many things we want to be doing but at times can’t.
When you see those pictures on Instagram of that family that goes hiking every weekend, taking their children outside, or the family that has taken their children around the world before they have even turned 4 years old, or the mother who makes sure that everything her child eats is healthy and organic. Then you look at yourself and you feel like you aren’t living up to this job of being the best parent.
Should my child have more toys? Does my child have too many toys? No screen time? Some screen time? Consequences? No consequences? Is my child falling behind in school? SO MANY QUESTIONS!
It really is overwhelming at times the amount of information thrown our way as parents and the decisions we need to make as far as how we want to raise our children. All while making sure we take care of everyone’s basic needs.
It’s easy to compare ourselves to others. Feel like they are doing a better job or can offer their children more. I am guilty of it and I have to catch myself and evaluate “am I raising my child the way I want to raise them?”
At the end of the day, there are so many ways you can live your life, so many right ways, so many awesome ways, it’s not one size fits all and the best part is you can make changes if you want to. All children are different, all families are different and that’s a beautiful thing. Making sure you stay true to your values, your way of life while encouraging and supporting your child is all that matters. So next time you feel the pressure to keep up with “the Joneses.” Be introspective and make sure you are being true to you, your family and your child.
Don’t compare, you’re doing great!