Parents Keep Going You're Doing Just Fine!

Life would be awesome if it was filled with people who only cheered us on and supported us and our efforts. Unfortunately, though, life isn't always so kind. Sadly, there are just as many, and maybe even more, hecklers and critics as there are cheerleaders out there when it comes to appraising our parenting skills. Parenting can be tough.

Today's social media affects our parenting prowess. It influences the way people see us, as well as how we see them. Studies have shown that Facebook has increased a thing called 'social comparison.' This is not always good since social comparison sometimes increases our apprehension about ourselves and may lead to feelings that our lives lack something. On Facebook, it looks like most people out there are having more fun than we are. However, the truth is that we don't see the whole picture of their lives on Facebook. We only see the photos and posts that they want us to see... And guess which ones they want us to see? You're right. Not the bad ones...

It's natural for us parents to have some self-doubts, but unfortunately social comparison can bring our doubts to the next level. And sometimes, it makes us feel like we're failing miserably. But I'm going to tell you right here, right now, that you are not failing miserably. It's only human to wonder sometimes if we're good enough and if our parenting is good enough. So, let's not go overboard with this self-doubt and self-criticism, okay? Let's stop comparing ourselves to others, and let's stop worrying about what we don't have or don't know. Instead, let's begin to rejoice over what we do have and what we do know. And what we do know is that kids are resilient when they know they are loved. And we love them dearly, don't we?

Now, as my Granddaddy always said, "Go learn, lead and lay the way to a better world for all of us." Parents, keep going. You're doing just fine. And once again parents, thanks in advance for all that you do, and all that you will do...

Father of five, bestselling and award-winning author, speaker, educator, and TV Host Dan Blanchard wants you to know that you're doing better than you think you are. Don't let social media and social comparison ruffle your feathers. For more great tips from Dan please visit his website: Thanks.

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