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Creating a Thankful Home

When was the last time you heard, “Hey, thanks Mom for helping me with this school project. That meant a lot!” Or, “Thanks so much for dinner, Dad. It was delicious!” We’re not parenting for the kudos, but wouldn’t it be nice to hear “thanks” once in a while? It’s not impossible to train our kids to be […]

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When I tell parents, “Don’t be perfect,” they sometimes come back at me and say, “Well, of course I’m not perfect!”. I am not ignorant of the fact that we all have deep flaws. No one is perfect. But I meet too many moms and dads who like to act like they have it all together. Or worse yet, they demand that their teens have it all together. The standards are so high that no human can reach them — especially no awkward, gawky teenager!
So when I tell you, “don’t be perfect,” think about what you are expecting of others. Are you ready to walk away if your son makes a mistake? Are you worried that a misstep in your daughter’s behavior will reflect poorly on you?
Cut them a little slack. Give yourself some slack. No one is perfect.

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