As parents, there are generally two groups of people we put unrealistic expectations on: ourselves and our kids.
I still consider myself relatively new to this whole parenting thing. Sure I have quite a few hours clocked in bouncing a crying baby, comforting a teething toddler, defusing a fussy preschooler and listening to a beginning reader struggle through a book, but really I’ve only made it through the first stages of childhood.
Even with seven years of experience, all of our kids have been so different. What worked for one, may or may not work for another. It’s a continual growing process. Each day brings new opportunities to discover what works for us and for our kids. And a lot of times what worked last week may need tweaking this week.
Even if you’ve been a parent for 20 years, you are still a beginner at this stage with this child. Let yourself be a beginner. Let your children be who they are meant to be and to blossom in their own time.
Stop beating yourself up and let your kids grow into the unique people God created them to be. Do the absolute best you can right now, with the skills and knowledge you have. Ask God to give you wisdom on this amazing journey of raising little ones and believe that his grace will cover your shortcomings.
“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.” ~James 1:5 (ESV)