Guilt Over Things a Parent Can’t Control
Many parents will blame themselves for various things that they can’t control such as their child experiencing bullying, health problems, or having a falling out with their friends. Thinking “this was my fault” isn’t productive. Instead, parents should focus on helping their children cope with the situation and their feelings. This will help the child learn how to deal with adversity.
Everyone wants to be a super-parent that’s never too tired to play with their kids, never too busy to spend time with them, and always able to provide them with everything they need. Holding oneself to unrealistic standards that are impossible to maintain will certainly lead to feelings of guilt. It’s right to want what’s best for one’s children but it’s also necessary to be flexible with the expectations we put on ourselves.
Focusing on Shortcomings
Parents often fall into the trap of judging themselves in all or nothing terms. They begin fixating on the mistakes they’ve made or the limitations they have rather than looking at everything they’ve done right so far. The key is to achieve balance by keeping in mind what our limitations are and considering our strengths and what we’re doing well at the same time.
Neglecting Personal Needs
In the desire to always put the child’s needs first, parents begin to neglect their own wellbeing and lose the pursuit of having a personally rich and fulfilling life. Having to return to work or take some personal time to recharge often leads to feelings of guilt. Taking the time to do what makes you happy will give you the energy to be a better parent. Self-care is a crucial part of proper parenting.
Measuring Success by Other Parents’ Experience
When feeling overwhelmed and insecure about one’s parenting abilities, many begin looking at what other parents are doing and how they’re coping. However, it’s important to note that many difficulties of parenthood aren’t always openly talked about. Connect with parents that can be open about their parenting experiences and continue building a connection with your child.