Moms Parents Radio Shows — 25 March 2013
Moms, Perfection and Guilt

How a little imperfection makes us better parents and happier moms.

Moms and Perfection

If there are two words that go hand in hand it’s ‘perfection’ and ‘motherhood’. Too many of us feel guilty about not being the perfect mom, keeping up the perfect house, and staying perfectly in shape. But forget perfection. A little messiness in mom’s lives is more realistic says Alyson Schafer, author of Honey I Wrecked the Kids: “Perfection is not only over-rated, I think it’s painful. I think it’s a burden to place on us, a misguided ideal and nobody can reach it, so all we’re really doing is creating misery.”

And instead of aiming to please everyone else, moms should treat themselves a little. “What are you looking forward to? What makes you come alive? And for some people that’s simply being given permission to read a cheesy romance novel. For somebody else it might be being given the indulgence of getting a quick manicure once a week. It doesn’t have to be extravagant but it has to be that you can find it in yourself and claim it without feeling guilty about it.”

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The Parent Report’s expert guest is Alyson Shafer, a psychotherapist and author of  author ofHoney I Wrecked the Kids.

From the nationally syndicated radio show “The Parent Report”, hosted by Joanne Wilson and heard on more than 100 radio stations. Any advice or information contained herein should never be a substitute for professional and/or medical advice, diagnosis and treatment. For more information please review Terms of Service

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