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Life is all about learning from our mistakes. After all, if we remember our own childhood, most of us probably have memories of our own parents reassuring us as children that it’s okay to make mistakes. Remember the old, “pick yourself up and try again” phrase? We’ve all heard it at some point or another. However, when it comes to our own children and our own personal parenting journey, we tend to be so tough on ourselves! Out of all the lessons and skills we can teach our kids, one of the biggest and most important things we can teach our children is that we are people, too. We make mistakes. We are not perfect. We have good days and bad… You may notice from time to time that you aren’t perfect, you’re not in the place you had hoped to be, or perhaps you’re not the person you wished to become. But really, what is perfect? Who is the person you want to be? Who is the parent you want to be? Do any of us really have the answers? Let’s remember that we are all human, and guess what? Life happens! As a parent, the bad news is that bad days will always exist, mistakes will always be made, and you will probably always blame yourself for not doing something just right, feeding your baby the wrong food, or sending your child to the wrong school at some point in your life… There is no book or magic potion that keeps us on the right path to be a “perfect parent.” Our lives are composed of connections and disconnections, mistakes, and corrections.The good news is that life is a journey, and so is parenting. Each step we make and each action we take are woven together and compose our individual being. The even better news is, as we make mistakes, we learn. We become better. We become wiser. We become people our children will always look up to. We create lessons and memories our own children will learn from someday in their adult life. Here are some reasons to reassure you why it is okay to make mistakes as a parent:Lesson learned! Some of the greatest lessons in life are made from mistakes.Everyone else is doing it, right? Well no, actually, everyone else is learning from the same mistake! Life is all about trial and error. Parents are people, too. In case you’ve forgotten, you’re not superhuman. You’re a parent! Keep trying! The great thing about making mistakes is they push you to move forward, problem solve, and be better. Hopefully, you don’t give up. Keep going!
Heather Grocott is the Director of The Children's Workshop here in Lincoln, RI. She first started my journey with the TCW family in 2007 in our Smithfield location as a Kindergarten teacher. I then entered the company's Management in Training Program, working in several of our locations while also training staff in various areas of early childhood education. She holds a BA from Providence College in Elementary and Special Education, and is currently pursuing a Master's Degree from Rhode Island College in Early Childhood education. Heather's true passion is not only working with children, but sharing knowledge with families and teachers in order to provide the best early learning experience for all young learners. In Heather's spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, the beach, and teaching dance.