The Good Enough Mother

I recently stumbled upon* the most amazing article. It was written by Anna Quindlen and published in Newsweek back in 2005 but is still so, so relevant. If you are a parent, or you want to be one, you HAVE to read it. It’s all about the recent emphasis on being the perfect do-it-all mom and how that is not actually what kids need or want. I tend to put a lot of pressure on myself to be perfect, especially in my mothering, and this article both opened my eyes a bit wider to reality and also made me breathe a heavy sigh of relief. Maybe life really is about having fun.

* Thanks to Michelle for posting about this article!

One Comment

  • I can’t wait to read this! My mom wasn’t “perfect” – she cooked us nutritiously unbalanced meals, got frustrated with me to the point of snapping once or twice, and even let on that she suspected my dad was having an affair when I was far too young to hear such a thing. But I would take all of that any day over a mom who suffocated herself (and those around her) trying to be perfect.

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