Realistic Parenting

When we become parents, we get to experience a range of human instincts we had never imagined previously. We understand on a deep, primal level that we are responsible for the safe and successful growth of our child as they move toward maturity. This is no small task, and sometimes just the thought of what we must do can feel crippling.

Couple that huge responsibility with the constant influx of parenting advice and information that we are subjected to today, and the task can seem nearly impossible. Parents are left feeling overwhelmed, underprepared, and anxious about every little decision. We spend more time with our children and know more about them as individual people than parents of any other generation, yet too many of us worry that we are failing them in some way (either once in a while or more often than that).

We invite you to step back with us and take a collective deep breath. We want you to know that it doesn’t have to feel this way.

We want you to know that you are already an amazing parent. If you love your child and genuinely care about their well-being, you are doing a great job.

Here are a few statements that may come in handy, today or some other day:

● That behavior your child has been displaying? It’s probably developmentally appropriate and will change in time.

● That study you read that contradicts with what you’ve already been doing? Take it with a grain of salt; not all scientific information is definitive.

● That advice you’ve been getting from your mother-in-law/friend/stranger in the grocery store? Smile and move on with your day. You know what’s best for your child.

● Those stunning pictures of playrooms you’ve seen on Instagram? Social media gives us a false sense of expectations. It’s not reality. You’re not seeing what’s just outside the frame.

● That must-have toy/book/play structure that will set your child behind if they don’t have it? They w