How moms can trust their ability to make good decisions

Asha Dornfest, co-author of Minimalist Parenting: Enjoy Modern Family Life More By Doing Less and the founder of Parent Hacks, shares advice for mothers on learning to trust their abilities as parents.
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How moms can trust their ability to make good decisions

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Learning to trust yourself is a challenge, especially as a parent. And I have found in my own life that growth rarely happens during the easy times. In my experience, it’s those challenges of parenting, the hard times, that really teach you to trust yourself, because it’s just too easy to just sort of coast on how everything is going. So I would say when you’re in a hard place with your family and it seems to be a struggle, know that that is the time when you’re actually learning the most about parenting and you’re probably learning the most about yourself. I think the other important thing to remember is that it’s true that other people will judge you based on your children’s behavior. They judge you. And it doesn’t matter, because what your children do and who they become isn’t really about you. It’s about them. That’s not to say that your parenting doesn’t have an effect on them. Obviously it does, but I think it’s also important to recognize that they are becoming who they are meant to become and that you’re guiding them and helping them, but you’re not determining what that is. So that judgment that you may feel at times, it doesn’t apply and it’s really not something that you need to worry about as a parent, even though it doesn’t feel great.

Asha Dornfest, co-author of Minimalist Parenting: Enjoy Modern Family Life More By Doing Less and the founder of Parent Hacks, shares advice for mothers on learning to trust their abilities as parents.

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Asha Dornfest

Author of Minimalist Parenting

Asha Dornfest is the co-author of Minimalist Parenting: Enjoy Modern Family Life More By Doing Less, and the founder of Parent Hacks, an award-winning website devoted to sharing “forehead-smackingly smart” parenting advice. Since its launch in 2005, Parent Hacks has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Real Simple, Family Circle, and Parents, and has been named the “#1 Most Useful” of Babble’s Top 50 Mom Blogs three of the four years the honor has been given. Nielsen named Asha one of its 16 influential “Power Pack Moms,” and she has appeared in several TV and video broadcasts including CNN and ABC News Now. Asha lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband and two children.

 

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