This father stopped worrying and became a better parent.
I’ve been at this parenting game for a while now. Not as long as some of my wise fellow dad bloggers, but long enough to have accumulated quite a bit of dirt beneath my parental fingernails — which have been painted dozens of times and in a variety of colours by my two daughters — and long enough to have walked a metaphorical mile with LEGO bricks stuck to the bottom of my parental feet.
Despite the relative long-ness of my parental tooth, I’m also not immune to the nagging twinge of parental insecurity. I doubt myself more than any active-engaged parent who tries probably should. It’s damn hard to be alive and alert in the Pinterest age of perceived perfection filled with amazing school lunches and darling lunch notes, handmade end of year teacher’s gifts that radiate thoughtfulness, and countless kid/parent videos, each one more clever than the last.
I can't compete with any of that sh*t either. Fortunately, this parenting game isn't a competition. Our kids aren't going to be holding up a score placard like the crooked Ukrainian judge at the end of an international figure skating tournament. They love us and if we try our best, they will notice and appreciate our efforts to keep them on the straight and narrow even if we take a winding path to get there.
So stop fretting over every decision and quit judging yourself against the people of the Internet. Half that crap is Photoshopped, anyway. Here are the seven things I finally stopped worrying about as a parent, and in turn, have made me a better, happier parent almost instantly: