Parent guilt got you down? Us too…
Hi guys! Dada McClure here. I hope you enjoyed our last podcast “Last Week in Parenting” on Apple Podcasts! We will be using this blog space to delve deeper into some of the topics we discussed during our most recent podcast we don’t edit the podcast — it’s just off the cuff — a like a conversation over coffee — so in many ways this gives us the opportunity to think more about what we talked about and the themes that emerged. We hope to use this space as a launchpad for further discussion — the next closest thing we can get to actually having coffee with you!
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After we recorded, Ami and I realized that the overall theme of the podcast wasn’t just about the girls starting kindergarten, Jersey getting into everything or coaching them in soccer.
It was about parenting guilt and doing right by our kids. I’m sure all of you can relate to mom guilt and dad guilt.
Here are just a few of the things that are currently keeping us up at night:
- Are we spending enough one-on-one time with each of our twin girls?
- Are we absolutely right in that we picked exactly what’s best for our girls in regards to starting them in separate classrooms for kindergarten? We read every comment you write — many of your kiddos thrived by being separated and forging more individual identities and friend groups and many of your kiddos needed the security of having their womb buddy with them.
- Are we picking the right activities to encourage and challenge them in their areas of gifts and growth edges? I mean, am I giving them all of the right opportunities to become the soccer superstar that I was (kidding, kidding)?
How will we truly know? Depending on how much therapy they need when they’re adults?
- Are we going to be able to keep up with our kids physically by the time they’re eleven or twelve?
- Just how many activities should they be in — what’s the balance between keeping them stimulated and active yet also carving out time together as a family and not wanting to pull our hair out in the carpool line (did I mention you can listen to our podcast while IN the carpool line?)
If you’re a parent, you get it. We’re all just doing the best we can and would do just about anything to do right by our kids. We would rather walk on nails than screw these little people up. It’s A LOT. I mean, A LOT. You get it. These are just a few of the many questions that run through my head as a dad. At the end of the day, I have to trust that I’m doing the very best I can and that it will all turn out okay in the end. What do you do to cope with parental anxieties?
These are just a few of the many questions that run through my head as a dad. At the end of the day, I have to trust that I’m doing the very best I can and that it will all turn out okay in the end. What do you do to cope with parental anxieties?
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