3 Easy Tips To Battle Summer Parental Guilt

by | Jun 27, 2023 | Activities, Family, Tips

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Do you find yourself caught in a whirlwind of emotions this summer? And is one of them feeling guilty about your parenting? The seemingly endless stream of picture-perfect family vacations, outings, and activities portrayed on social media can leave you feeling inadequate and questioning you parenting. Are you feeling parental guilt?

However, remember that each family is unique, and prioritizing your family’s values and well-being is crucial. You can overcome parental guilt during the summer! Here’s some tips to help you by trusting your choices, focusing on your family’s values, and embracing self-care.

Trusting Your Choices:

Parents are constantly bombarded with options for summer activities, camps, and vacations. Trusting your instincts and decision-making abilities is crucial. Reflect on your family’s preferences, interests, and budget to make choices that align with your values. What matters most is creating a memorable summer that suits your family’s unique needs, rather than bending to societal expectations.

Focusing on Family Values:

Every family has its own set of values and priorities. Take this opportunity to identify and focus on what truly matters to your family. Engage in activities that align with your family’s interests, be it a camping trip, reading together, or exploring your local community. Remember, your family’s happiness and growth are not determined by how closely you adhere to external standards but by the love and connection you foster.

Embracing Self-Care and Re-energization:

Parenting can be exhausting, and summer offers a unique chance to recharge and care for yourself. Self-care is not selfish; it’s an essential aspect of being a mindful and present parent. Set aside time for activities that rejuvenate you, whether it’s indulging in a favorite hobby, practicing mindfulness, or enjoying quiet moments alone. By nourishing yourself, you’ll be better equipped to nurture your family’s well-being and create lasting memories together.

Parental guilt during the summer is a common experience, but it doesn’t have to define your family’s experience. By trusting your choices, focusing on your family’s values, and embracing self-care, you can navigate the summer with confidence and joy. Remember that your family’s happiness is unique. Embrace the summer as an opportunity to create cherished memories, nurture your family, and prioritize your well-being.

3 Easy Tips To Battle Summer Parental Guilt

By Lisa Reichelt, M. Ed., Parent Coach

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