Parenting is hard. The ramifications of seemingly small decisions we make every day ripple into an unforeseen future; and yet, treating every decision with such gravity paralyzes our ability to parent with confidence and stability. To make matters worse, we don’t make it easy for each other, sharing our collective misinformation and imposing our silent judgements in our own not-as-subtle-as-we-think passive ways. I am as guilty as anyone else.
Let’s try harder. Let’s try harder to be supportive, understanding, and sympathetic. Let’s remember that parenting is as hard for everyone else as it is for us, for you, for me. Most of us are just trying our best and, when it’s all said and done, what will end up mattering most to our children is that we did try. Because parenting is as much about the effort as it is the final grade.