6. Embrace your flaws

Don’t only acknowledge and apologize for your mistakes. You should also be embracing your flaws to show that you’re not perfect, because again, that’s not what kids want you to be. Aubry Parks-Fried, mother and branding and content strategist at Sittercity, encouraged parents to accept that they’ll never be the “perfect” parent. She said, “Constantly searching for the ‘secret’ or ‘right’ way to optimize the most perfect form of parenthood takes us out of being the great parent we already are.”

In other words, don’t try so hard to be their role model. Parks-Fried added, “Accepting our flaws and strengths in one big beautiful package is the key to being a parent your child will look up to.”


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