When was the last time you felt guilty and inadequate as a parent?
A year ago? Last week? This morning?
You get a call from your child’s teacher, and they want to set up a conference about his behavior. And you can’t help but wonder what you could have done differently.
Your teenage daughter is not happy, and you just know it’s your fault.
Your son is struggling to make friends. If only you had been more attentive.
Your aunt criticizes your handling of your child, saying she would certainly be behaving differently in their house. And she probably wouldn’t have ADHD either. And you want to crawl into a tight ball.
Your toddler fell out of a high chair and hit his head. In the middle of a restaurant. With patrons all around. And you just…
That last example is mine.
We were just finishing up lunch and getting ready to leave when my rambunctious toddler tried to climb out of his high chair and fell backward, hitting his head on the floor. SPLAT.