Dear Mum / Dad
Over the course of this week I have come in to contact with a number of parents. What has struck me is how hard parents are on themselves. Only yesterday a mother was berating herself for not doing a good enough job at getting her teenager out in the sunshine. The day before another mother was annoyed at herself for not knowing how best to communicate with her daughter.
In all of these encounters it is clear that us parents are very hard on ourselves. I am writing this post to tell you that I know it’s not easy being a parent. There are joyous moments. Moments that we treasure for a lifetime. There are also challenging times that cause us no end of emotional turmoil. Often these challenges can be on a daily basis. It’s not as if there was a manual given to us with our child! So we all try our best to raise our children as best we can. This is often based on how we were raised as children ourselves and what we have gleaned from books and the internet.
So, I just want to tell you – yes you mum and yes you dad – that you are doing great. I know we worry,we get angry, we get frustrated, we continually second guess ourselves at every turn, we worry about the decisions we have made and we worry about the future and the decisions we have yet to make.
Please remember you are doing great. Remember also to be in the hear and now and continue to embrace your relationship with your child. But above all else, remember to give yourself a break!
Love and happiness to you x
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