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How to accept yourself as a good parent, and trust.

October 27, 2013

The other day my husband and I discovered some candy stashed away in our son’s desk drawer. He knows he’s not allowed to keep candy in his room (which is obviously why he was hiding it). We dug a little more, and found a bunch of empty candy wrappers, some gum, and a few lollypops. The kid had really been having a good time! We put his loot on his bed, and then went downstairs to the kitchen to discuss how to best deal with the situation. As we were leaving my son’s bedroom, this little voice inside told me that we shouldn’t leave all of his stuff on the bed like that. But knowing that I can be way too strict when it comes to my son eating sweets, I don’t always trust my judgement around food, and kept my thoughts to myself.

While we were talking things over I realized that even though our son had had all that candy in his room the wrappers looked like they had been there for months and that, lately, he hadn’t been eating a lot of candy, anyway. I wondered if we should just throw away the empty wrappers and forget the whole deal. Soon after, my husband said that he didn’t think the we should leave the empty wrappers on his bed and then went upstairs to remove them. I breathed a sign of relief. After he returned he then said that we should just forget the whole thing.

I breathed another sigh of relief, because now our son wouldn’t be made to feel terrible, and also because I saw, yet again, that when I need a little help the Universe is always there for me. I realized that through my husband’s words and actions I was being guided. I was also being reassured that I don’t always have to figure it all out on my own, and that we are never alone. Please don’t ever forget that.


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