“I want so badly to be everything to my child. I feel like I should take her out every day and do something fun. When I don’t, I feel like a failure. When I tend to do something else that needs to be done—like work or even taking time out to read a magazine—I also feel like a failure; I feel like I’m neglecting her.”
“As a mother, I try to do everything right—but I feel like I’m doing everything wrong.”
Sound familiar? Women in general, and mothers in particular, are so fixed on being everything to their children and families that it’s taking an emotional toll—and that’s not good for the moms or their kids.
These moms would do well to acquaint themselves with a fellow named D.W. Winnicott, and the phenonemenal René Syler, and a concept known as “the good enough mother.” Quite simply, the “good enough mother” is a mother who’s not close to perfect—but she and her family are doing just fine.
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