I have heard many a mother and father complain about how they are failures as parents whenever their child does something wrong (or plain stupid). I may not have children of my own, but I know it's all too easy to fall into this idea that when your child makes a mistake, it is your fault as parents.
It's weird how there are millions of perfect parents on the Internet and not a single one in real life.
What everyone can't see online is the struggle parents go through to get their kids out the door in the morning, or to smile for half a second for a family picture. The whole word just sees that half a second of happiness that is posted online.
As a result, you get a false sense of reality, believing that all the other parents in the world are perfect and you are absolute failures because your kid can't decide if he or she wants goldfish or graham crackers for dinner.
Most of my day is spent staring at a toddler who is staring at a food pantry trying to decide what snack to partially eat.
It's all too easy to get discouraged by this. Sure, it is the parents' duty to teach their children correct, true, and righteous principles. This does not mean that by teaching your children these things, they won't make mistakes.
When we were children, we all made mistakes. Our parents taught us right from wrong and still we somehow end up making poor choices and doing things we now regret.
Fast forward to the present day and you have children of your own. The joke's on you because now your own children are doing the same to you ... and you learn to appreciate your parents much more.
Callie has two Bachelor of Arts degrees in English and Communication and when she isn’t writing, she’s reading. Some of her favorite things include Harry Potter, all things Disney, road trips, and telling stories.