There is no shortage of advice for new parents. Even when you don’t want it. But the most important advice you may ever get is both the simplest — and the hardest — to accept. Here’s why that’s so, and how to overcome it so you can take on the challenges of parenthood!
Sometimes, being a good enough parent just does not feel like enough. The drive to be the “perfect parent” is strong, but often unconscious, and it has parents striving to meet impossibly high standards, even if we know that perfection is an unattainable expectation. Then what keeps us aiming for it anyway? And how can you break free from this trap?
The beginning of your parenthood journey can feel like a chaotic roller coaster, especially when it comes to your emotions. Your mood is up and down and all over the place, and you seem to have little control over any of it. But feeling dysregulated in postpartum is more common than you may think and, using a simple technique called NESTS, something you can manage.
Incorporating a self-compassion practice into your parenting routine will help you to accept and navigate the intense emotions that arise in parenthood, and inspire feelings of confidence, kindness, and harmony in your family.