You don't have to be perfect to be the perfect parent!

Some things never change!

christmas pic 2011

Your “Mom words” never change!  🙂 

I was on the phone at different times this week with each of our 4 children.  After several of my conversations I realized that even though I am in a different season of parenting than many of you, my conversations can sometimes be very similar!

You:  “Try a bite….yummmm.  Try your squash.”

Me:  “Sure that would be good.  Just peel the squash, cut it up, toss it in some olive oil and stir fry it.  It will be great in that pasta.”

You:  “It is night-time, time for sleep.  Close your eyes and tomorrow we will have fun!”

Me:  “I know you are busy with classes and your project, but you need to get some sleep.  You will feel better if you get 8 hours tonight!  Crawl in bed early.”

You: ” You are frustrated with that puzzle piece not fitting…can Mommy help?  Try it this way.”

Me:  “Your tire is flat?  That is one frustrating day!  Take a breath, call Triple A and then find a Wal-Mart, they can fix the tire with the screw in it!”

You:  “Yea!  I am proud of you!  You pottied like a big girl!”

Me:  “I am so proud of you!   This new career move is going to be so exciting for you.  I can’t believe my “little girl” is heading to New York this week!”

You:  “Careful, you are spilling on your nice shirt.  Let’s take it off and then eat.”

Me:  “No…don’t put that nice shirt in with those dark clothes; it probably should be dry cleaned.  Just bring it home the next weekend you are coming home.” 

You:  “I love you so much.”

Me:  “I love you so much.”

I have come to the conclusion that I will always talk like a Mom…saying some of the same things just slightly different, offering my Mom wisdom, my Mom ear, my Mom advice,  and most importantly my Mom love….and I love that fact, because I love being a Mom.  TGIF, enjoy where you are at this moment.  Remember, there are only 940 Fridays between the birth of a child and when that child leaves for college!  Love today, today.

Take a breath, enjoy the joyful moments of each day, and remember you don’t have to be perfect to be the perfect parent.



  1. Hartke, Colleen

    Love this! It is true! I love the job of being a mom too!

    Sent from my iPad


  2. Jane

    I love this!!!


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