This beautiful article about judgment, guilt and parenting is something I feel every parent should read: http://www.lifewaysnorthamerica.org/blog/finding-grace-jennifer-sullivan
My favorite quote is this one:
I held this silent boy for sometime in my mind, carefully turning the situation over and over. I had judged the father, and I also had judged the son. In that moment, the boy taught me that all things are not what they seem. He reminded me we each have a path and our stories are not the same. Instead of passing judgment, I could have surrounded each person with love. How else can we find happiness if we cannot elevate the other? We must also look past our weaknesses, move forward, and enjoy this life fully by discovering our own grace. I can only strive to do the very best in each moment and that is all. Then I must remember that everyone else is doing the same. I have come to realize that life is about balance and grace, not perfection. We would succeed as parents if the lessons we offer our children were about acceptance, forgiveness, and love. I must promise them this.
How many times a day as mothers do we judge ourselves? Fill in the blank: “I am not (patient enough, strong enough, capable enough, smart enough, kind enough”, etc)”
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