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I have a love hate relationship with parenting books.
On the one hand I love to read about new perspectives and be inspired by new ideas, but on the other hand they can make me feel like a total failure when it comes to this parenting gig.
Sometimes I gobble up every word of a book or article or blog post and wish there was more. Sometimes I have these awesome light bulb moments when things suddenly fall into place and make sense.
But sometimes I struggle to even finish the first chapter. Sometimes they make me feel like I have already ruined my kids. That because I didn’t do x or y when they were 4 months old then there is no hope, it is too late… I’ve broken them.
I am ok with taking or leaving parenting advice that doesn’t fit with our family or lifestyle, but I struggle with the guilt some books seem to bring out in me.
I look back over my children’s lives so far, and find little piles of guilt here and there, and those piles seem to grow when I read some parenting books. The kind that outline all these great things I could have done, should have done, when my kids were smaller.
But I need to let go of the guilt and the keeping score, and the ‘should haves’, because the truth is, kids are resilient.
Kids are resilient. I know this. I really do know this. And I keep being told it by people who’s words I trust and respect…
I know that not only are my kids ok despite my mistakes, I also know that they are ok because of my mistakes. I am sure the best person to teach you that no one is perfect, that we all make mistakes, are your parents. I know that it is important to show my kids that things change, that we can learn and change and do better, even as a parent.
So I am dipping back into the parenting books… but I am taking a more comfortable route this time and going with ebooks.
The Mindful Parenting Ebundle is packed full of interesting parenting ebooks and resources all with a positive outlook… so I’ve bought it for myself and signed up as an affiliate (that means if you click one the links in this post and buy the ebundle I will receive a percentage of the sale).
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What do you think? Do you love hate parenting books???