Sometimes we feel like failures if our babies don’t sleep through the night, if our toddlers won’t eat their vegetables, if a teacher sends a note home for misbehavior or if our teenagers start to rebel. To be honest, the pressure we place on ourselves to be perfect parents is unrealistic and unhealthy. Sometimes we carry around way too much guilt because we feel like we’re always messing up.
The wonderful thing about parenting is that we don’t have to be perfect for our kids to turn out okay. Proverbs 10:12 says, “Love covers over all wrongs.” When we love our kids, tell them when we’ve messed up and ask for their forgiveness, it’s amazing the grace given to us as parents. The best parents aren’t those who look like they have it all together. The best parents are those who make mistakes while modeling a life of following Christ.