As a parent, does it sometimes feel like your to-do list is never-ending?
You have so many responsibilities to fulfill, chores to complete, and errands to run.
Through my work, I interact with lots of parents. Sadly, it seems like many parents are overwhelmed by the hustle and bustle of life, and have lost the joy of parenthood.
In this article, I’ll share with you six things to say “no” to as a parent. When you say “no” to these things, I’m confident that you’ll become a happier – and more effective – parent.
Here they are:
1. Say “no” to perfection
Do you strive for perfection?
Some parents hold on to these ideals – and some even try to achieve them all at once:
- They should never lose their temper.
- They should always be cheerful.
- Their home should be neat and clean all the time.
- They should be involved in charity work and in serving the community.
- They should have an active social life.
- Their children should be well-behaved.
- Their children should perform well in school.
- Their children should excel in their co-curricular activities.
Don’t get me wrong. We should set goals in the different areas of our lives. And yes, we should develop ourselves physically, mentally and emotionally.
But we must also accept that we’re not perfect.
Let’s be kind to ourselves. Let’s not hold ourselves to unattainable standards. Let’s say “no” to perfection, and instead say “yes” to progress.