As parents, we’ve all had one of those moments in our life. You know, when you feel like your big parenting failures make you a contender for the worst parent in the world. Because there is no rulebook or manual to help us out and sometimes, it does feel like we’re failing - big time!
You’re not alone, when it comes to parenting failures
But it can be comforting to know we’re not alone - all parents have moments where they feel like they’re letting down the side and setting a bad parenting example. It’s part and parcel of this parenting role.
And when we’re close to meltdown, as our beautiful toddler is throwing a massive temper tantrum on the floor and we just want to lay down next to them and join in, we can choose to do just that - or share that thought or ‘failure’ with others.
Because when we share those moments with other parents, we’re showing our support and showing that, no matter where in the world you live, there’s a parent somewhere that is feeling a whole lot worse than you are right now.
So with that all being said, it’s time to share some classic parenting moments that will showcase how clueless we can all be at times!
Big parenting failures we can all sympathise (and cringe) at!
This Cafe Mom blog post has some classic examples on it. Who hasn’t accidentally dropped their kid at some point or decided that a DIY haircut really can’t be that difficult on a baby or toddler? It’s experiences like these that make parents of older children cringe at the memory - but also remember that, with hindsight, it wasn’t that big a deal in the long run.
And over on the Good Housekeeping website we’re reminded that it can be too early in a child’s development, to take them through a carwash. Or the first time you take your baby to the beach, sit them down - and they promptly do a faceplant in the sand.
Whilst this blog on Bored Panda has some classic parenting failures on there. Yes, there isn’t a parent out there who hasn’t fallen asleep whilst trying to get their child to drop off. As Kourtney Kardashian helpfully reminds us, doors of any kind can be the start of a real parenting guilt trip - especially when it’s the car door variety. And of course, we may find shoes an essential part of our outdoor wear - it IS difficult to remember to put them on our little ones, before we leave home!
You’re not a bad parent - you’re just learning how to be a better one
Parenting isn’t always easy and at the time some of these classic failures happen, you will feel like the worst parent ever. But in time, you will laugh at the mistakes you make. Ok, maybe not right away, but give it some time and you will, honest!
So lighten up on yourself, because you’re doing the best job you can. Remember to celebrate the wins, no matter how big or small and learn to laugh at the so-called failures - because parenting is supposed to be a joy, not a drama.Oh, and if you come up with a genius parenting hack during a so-called parenting failure - celebrate that too! For example, it’s not everyday that you have to use an adult pair of pants and a sanitary