Christmas Thoughts for Perfectly Imperfect Parents

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In 1977, when my youngest was 2 years old, I took a psychology class that hit me right smack dab inside my perfect parenting prejudices. I had them! Too many shoulds I believed I should live up to. Parents should do this and that. And if you do this or that, your child will grow healthy, happy, and successful in life.

This professor discussed the history of parenting opinions. We talked about how people in different times and places thought and felt about being parents, what a parent’s job was, and what society’s advice to parents was during each historical period. No matter when it was, these recommendations inevitably led to parents feeling g u i l t y.

Which brings me to Christmas, a time of joy and guilt.

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