The Mindset Shift That Saved My Sanity as a Mom

A realistic goal for imperfect parents

Stephanie D. Rondeau
Modern Women

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Photo by Sai De Silva on Unsplash

One recent evening while trying desperately to fall asleep, I played a scenario with my daughter over and over in my head. That morning, she had lost something she got from a birthday party gift bag, and I wasn’t particularly patient.

I was trying to get everything ready for school and a 50-cent pen truly wasn’t on the top of my priority list.

But the pen was important to her.

As I tried to fall asleep that night, I couldn’t stop thinking about how, in a perfect world, if I were a perfect mom, I might have done things differently.

How I might have dropped everything to help her search for the pen, with a smile on my face and a determined, can-do attitude.

And then I realized that’s ridiculous.

Good enough is more than good enough.

If you worry you yell too much, get frustrated too often, don’t know what you’re doing (ever), say something you didn’t mean to, or forget something that was important to them?

Know that you’re good enough.

This is true for one reason: if you weren’t a great mom, you wouldn’t worry about these things.

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Stephanie D. Rondeau
Modern Women

MS, ATC, CSCS. Kidlit author and editor, query liaison. Mostly writes about writing, health and wellness, feminism, and parenting. Occasionally funny.