As parents we have to wear all sorts of hats: Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, the Elf on the Shelf, etc. and our love for our children is unconditional so we don’t think twice about our extra duties. However, we are also human and mistakes happen. No parent wants to disappoint his or her child but none of us are perfect either.
“The sign of great parenting is not the behavior. The sign of truly great parenting is the behavior.”
There have been multiple occasions when my husband and I have either forgotten, fallen asleep too early, or woke up too late, so don’t feel bad if you have too. I remember one time I forgot my duty as “Tooth Fairy” and didn’t leave money under my son’s pillow the night before. Fortunately I woke up before him and was able to sneak an envelope under his pillow. He was so excited when he lost his first tooth and even wrote the tooth fairy a note. I would have been devastated and I’m sure he would have too if there was nothing under his pillow.
As adults we know that disappointments are part of life, but when it comes to our kids we never want to be the cause. Try not to be too hard on yourselves. There will be things forgotten or birthdays missed so try not to feel too guilty. It took my husband and me a while to come to terms with this thought process, but after having multiple kids we realized that we cannot do everything and cannot be everywhere all the time. Just remember parents around the world are in the same boat or have been at some point during their time as parents. As long as you are making an effort and doing your best, you can give yourself a pat on the back. Your kids will appreciate you and love you regardless of the mistakes you make. Remember parenthood, like a lot of things in life, is a learning experience, and nobody will ever be an expert.
“While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about.”
As parents we need this reminder sometimes…..