My newest guest post if from someone I have had the pleasure of working with before. Liz is an amazingly talented writer and it is my pleasure to have her on the blog today!
We have all been there where a friend or colleague is describing how their child has mastered the cello in only a few months or how their first grader is reading on a fifth grade level, and for a moment we question whether we are as good a parent as we should be. We all have times when we worry if we are spending enough time with our children, or if we are raising them the right way. Everyone’s parenting style is different, and children learn at different paces, so comparing yourself and your children to others isn’t fair or a good judgement of your parenting skills. Odds are that you are doing just fine, but if you need more encouragement here are the five reasons you are a better parent than you realize:
No, I’m not a psychic. I know that you care because you are taking the time to read this article. Obviously you take your job as a parent seriously and spend time online researching parenting topics, which in and of itself makes you a good parent.
Your Kids Are Well Behaved In Public
Ever had someone compliment you on how well behaved your children are being and you think to yourself “If only you saw them at home”? Having children that are well behaved in public but anything but at home is actually a sign of good parenting. It means that you have taught them how to treat others with politeness and respect, and have provided them a home where they feel safe and comfortable enough to be able to be themselves.
You Possess Common Sense
You don’t have to be a genius to be a good parent, all it takes is some every day common sense and passing that common sense on to your children. Do you put the household cleaners in a locked or high to reach cabinet? Do you teach your children to always look both ways and hold your hand before they cross the street? Do you make sure they brush their teeth every day? Of course you do, and that is just another sign that you are a good parent.
You Are a Good Person
I’m not saying that you are a saint, but odds are you pay your taxes, help others when you are able to, and are a hard-working and decent human being… and your children know it. Not only do they know that you are a good person, but watching you makes them want to strive to be a good person too. You are your children’s hero, and whether you realize it or not, you are deserving of the title.
You Love Your Children Unconditionally
This is by far the biggest sign that you are indeed a good parent. You love your children even when you don’t like them very much, like when they are throwing a temper tantrum in the middle of Wal-Mart over that toy you won’t buy them. Even when you are feeling overwhelmed and in need of a break, all it takes is a smile or a hug from your child to warm your heart back up again. They truly are the light of your life, so go easy on yourself. You are doing just fine.
Liz is a mother of two who blogs about parenting on her blog The Mommy Vortex and is a freelance writer providing web content to fellow mom bloggers in the parenting/marriage/family niche.