So much of the stress I have felt in parenting has been self-imposed. In the beginning a lot of my energy was spent catering to the needs and wants of my children.
Throughout the years I’m realizing I just can’t physically and emotionally be everything to them.
Today I have spent most of the time taking my children to playdates, activities, and parks. We get to a park suggested by one of my children and my younger son says he would rather go to the Nature Center. Sometimes, no matter what we do, they just won’t be satisfied. He’s disappointed, but I’m not fazed.
After embracing the fact that I will disappoint my children, I have felt so much more free and relaxed. Because of this I find motherhood much more enjoyable.
I actually want my children to grow up knowing that it is not all about them.
Parenting in this way will probably be one of the things that will prepare them the most for future relationships and life.