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Take it from a lifelong sufferer of his own particular strain of perfection addiction — we’d be better off putting ourselves out of everyone else’s misery (especially our children’s) than laying all our bets, or staking our consciences, on being perfect parents. And the more I think of it, the more I am convinced that the drive to be 100% ideal in our parenting choices is less of a suitable goal, and more of an obstacle to ideal parenting than no drive to make positive choices for our kids. That is, our children would be better off if we had no philosophy of parenting than if we allow parenting our children to be another place where we stress perfection.
“Stress” is one of the key words above, and it is one of the primary side effects of perfectionist parenting. Can you guess how good stress is for parenting kids effectively…
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