It's not easy being a parent and none of us can get it right 100% of the time, we are quite simply not made that way. We aren't perfect and we will not be raising perfect children either...we all make mistakes, that's OK, it's what we learn from those mistakes that matters. It's building resilience which is one of the most important things to have in life.
Just yesterday I had to check in with myself over my youngest child's behaviour and look at MYSELF what was I doing in the bigger picture? Had I let her have too much screen time that day? Had I actively listened to her when she had tried to engage?
As an early years practitioner I am trained to self evaluate in order to improve my practice, as a parent? Not so much. It is something I have started to implement into my parenting life over the last 3 years and it made all the difference.
I'm never going to be perfect but the skills and knowledge I have helps me EVERY.SINGLE.DAY.
Bridge the Gap is not about casting judgement over parents it's about offering knowledge and support to make a real difference to children's lives, helping parents to bridge the gap between home and school so that all children have the best chance possible to reach their positive outcomes.
So no, I'm not a perfect parent. But I aim to be the best that I can with the knowledge I have and that's all anybody can do. I will never stop studying in order to help not just MYSELF as a parent, not just MY children but also other parents and other children so that we can all be perfectly imperfect together; which ironically sounds pretty perfect to me.
Jennifer Wyman is founder of Bridge the Gap and an emotional education consultant and trainer. A qualified early years practitioner and mum of two with over 21 years experience within the early years sector.