The truth is that every parent screws up from time to time. That said, we’re all doing our best and if things end up not working out the way we want, we have regrets. Here are some common ones among parents – so if you’re still at the beginning of your journey, take note!
Maybe you can skip these 8 along the way.
#8. They didn’t take their child’s opinions into account.
Your kids are small humans, but they’re humans. A good rule of thumb is not to treat them any different than you would an adult person, aside from vocabulary and explanations.
#7. They didn’t enjoy the time they had.
They were there with their kid but were doing something else – cleaning, laundry, answering emails – instead of truly being present more often than not.
#6. They didn’t make their child happy enough.
Your child – and you – will look back on the days of their childhood and youth in search of the warm glow of nostalgia. It would be a shame to not find it.
#5. They didn’t take enough photos and videos.
We’ve all got a camera on us 24/7. Make sure you’re recording the important stuff.
#4. They were too keen on others’ advice.
No one knows your child and your family better than you do, so follow your gut and politely tell everyone else to stay out of your personal affairs.
#3. They didn’t write down their first words.
And don’t just do it for your first kid, either. They’ll all want to know some day!
#2. They missed out on important moments.
We all have to prioritize, but do your best to know when your child is going to be searching for your face in the room and do your best to be there.
#1. They were too strict.
Keep in mind the things that are really important and worth going into battle for, and let the rest go.
Give yourself a break; parenting is hard and you’re doing fine.