Maybe it’s just me, but I seem to be reading a lot of articles and blog posts recently that imply I’m “doing it wrong.” Reading them makes me feel like a worse parent, not a better one. Just this week I read articles that told me I’m doing it wrong with regard to the following: potty training, nutrition, and bilingualism. (Never mind all the ways I was doing it wrong last week and the week before that). Here’s the thing though. I’m not doing it wrong. (at least not all the time.) And neither are you. In fact, I think we’re doing a lot of things right. We’re entrusted with the lives of tiny humans and it’s an impossible task. We need (God’s) help. Raising tiny humans is made even more impossible by the constant chatter of “you’re doing it wrong.” So let me be a voice in the wilderness saying something new: Good job mamas and papas. You’re doing it right! High five!
Here’s a prayer for all of us as we try to figure it out:
Dear Lord, Forgive me when I do it wrong. Forgive me for telling others they’re doing it wrong or even implying they’re doing it wrong. Help me to recognize when I do things well when it comes to raising tiny humans. Help me to be a positive and encouraging voice for other tiny human raisers. Amen!